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On behalf of the Wildcat Universe I have a request:

Could you please stop ranking our athletic teams in the top 10?

It was not a pretty game. Arizona shot 36% from the field. USC shot 10% on 3-pointers. The Wildcats’ leading scorer had 12 points. Half of the Trojans’ six-man rotation combined to score seven points. If you’re a fan of good offense it was a great night not to have access to Fox Sports Arizona Plus.

Was it Kevin O’Neill’s mind tricks? Last week he called the Cats a sleeper pick to win the national championship but against his team the UA didn’t make a field goal in the final six minutes.

KO compared Derrick Williams to Michael Jordan and the result was the Arizona star attempting just two free throws and scoring a season-low eight points.

After the Wildcats’ ugly loss to Oregon State on their first Pac-10 road trip we figured we’d see another one down the road. The good news is it didn’t happen again until the last road trip of the season. The bad news is it ups the ante quite a bit for the second game of that last road trip.

Saturday’s showdown at UCLA just got a lot more interesting. Win and you clinch a share of the Pac-10 title. Lose and the league is all tied up going into the final weekend.

Championship teams aren’t just hatched like Lady Gaga. They’re forged when the pressure is greatest. Starting now, the pressure is greatest.

After an uninspiring debut for the new red uniforms I’m guessing we’ll see the blue ones return on Saturday.

(Yes, I spent too much time looking up the numbers. Yes, I’m going to put them in an html table.)

Uniform Record
Old White 12-0 Home games through ASU plus Santa Clara in Las Vegas
Old Blue 3-2 W – NC St., UO, WSU; L – OSU, UW
Old Red 1-2 W – Rice; L – Kansas, BYU
New White 4-0
New Blue 3-0 Stanford, Cal, ASU
New Red 0-1 The Greatest Night of KO’s Life

The Wildcats are still in 1st place and can still win the Pac-10 against UCLA.

The best way to do that is to play like they’re not in the top 10.

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Scott Terrell will not be acquiring a Kevin O’Neill bobblehead any time soon. Join in the head-shaking on Twitter and Facebook.