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A minor fire broke out in a McKale Center equipment room on Saturday night

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Things could have gone from bad (UCLA’s 66-10 win) to worse for Arizona fans on Saturday night.

Apparently a fire broke out in an equipment room at McKale Center, Arizona’s home arena, as reported by multiple news outlets.

According to Tucson Fire Department spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker, smoke detectors were set off by the small blaze at around 9:30 PM Saturday and upon arrival firefighters saw smoke coming from the roof of the arena.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire, and both the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are still under investigation.

Based on the details provided by the TFD and the fact that a women’s volleyball game took place on Sunday afternoon, it’s safe to assume that nothing serious came of the fire.

Here are some details on what firefighters saw on Saturday night:

An attack team, consisting of 10 firefighters, entered McKale to determine the location of the fire, along with help from UAPD. The alarm panel specified a certain room and the firefighters confirmed they had heavy smoke and water coming out of the room from under the door. Firefighters made entry into the room and had flames showing along with heavy smoke. They quickly extinguished the fire but visibility was minimal due to the amount of residual smoke.

A sprinkler head had activated in the room, assisting in the extinguishment of the fire. Actions were immediately taken to evacuate as much smoke as possible to improve visibility and get secondary confirmation the entire fire was controlled. Firefighters from two ladder trucks had also made their way to the roof of McKale to ensure the fire had not spread to the roof.

Two alarms were dispatched to the scene, consisting of twenty-one units and forty-eight firefighters. There were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no estimation of damages had been made.

McKale Center, named for former coach and athletic director J.F. “Pop” McKale, opened on February 1, 1973 with an 87-69 Arizona victory over Wyoming.

The court is named Lute and Bobbi Olson Court in honor of the school’s winningest coach and his late wife.

The Wildcats, preseason pick to win the Pac-12, play their second exhibition on Tuesday night against Chico State and open the regular season on Sunday against Charleston Southern.

Photo credit: University of Arizona

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: