The game was decided by two blocked shots. The first one bounced directly to Solomon Hill who laid it in for a one-point lead.
The second one was knocked into the fourth row.
And now the Arizona Wildcats are running out of stumbling blocks on the path to a Pac-10 championship.
What a great atmosphere at McKale. A packed house, national TV, two teams going back and forth with a championship at stake. To say it was “electric” is like saying a lightning bolt shocks a little. This was big time.
Even the white. The glorious white.
White-outs and other “-outs” only work when everybody does it. On Saturday everybody did it. From courtside to nosebleed. I didn’t like the idea of a color gimmick, but I have been converted.
(Then again, I’m the silly guy who keeps uniform stats. Why should I doubt the power of fan uniforms?)
Then on Sunday night the Wildcats got a huge assist when UCLA went down at Berkeley. Add in Washington’s loss at Stanford and Arizona’s triple-overtime win to complete the Bay sweep may end up being the difference in the Pac-10 race.
(You know who else owns a sweep of the Bay Area? Read on.)
Sean Miller and his youngsters are oh-so-close to that trophy now. Any two wins in the final four games clinch a share of the conference title. But if you’ve come this far you may as well win it outright, right? Choose your path:
-Beat USC and UCLA.
-Beat USC, lose to UCLA, beat Oregon State while UCLA loses to Washington.
-Beat USC, OSU and Oregon.
-Beat OSU and Oregon; UCLA loses to Washington.
You want to relax but it’s not quite time. Call it the Don’t-buy-your-Rose-Bowl-tickets-just-because-your-team-is-7-1 Principle.
It’s worth noting that the two teams tied for 4th place are USC and Oregon. The Trojans just swept the Bay Area trip (surprise!). The Ducks have won four of five and six of eight. And, by the way, nobody has a longer active win streak against Arizona than Oregon State. The next two weeks won’t be like playing ASU four times.
But it only takes a couple more wins.
You think Kevin O’Neill would let the Wildcats wear white?
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