Gabe York went for 22 points and six assists and Allonzo Trier added 20 points as No. 8 Arizona went into Tempe and knocked off Arizona State, 94-82.
Arizona State has not exactly been a powerhouse in recent years, but this is a nice win for the Wildcats nonetheless. The Sun Devils have beaten Texas A&M in their arena and went up to Las Vegas and knocked off UNLV last month. They’re a scrappy team that really competes, the embodiment of their head coach, Bobby Hurley.
And that sure was evident down the stretch, as Arizona State cut a 16-point Arizona lead to as close as six in the final two minutes before Hurley picked up a pair of technical fouls and got himself ejected.
He was unhappy, to say the least:
With the way that Sean Miller has Arizona rolling and Hurley now stalking the sidelines in Tempe, it’s safe to say that this rivalry is going to kick into high gear. Let’s go beyond the fact that both have proven to be excellent coaches — it’s always more exciting when both sides of a rivalry are good — but I’m not sure there are two coaches in the country that are more competitive and animated on the sidelines.
As far as this game was concerned, Arizona seems to once again be the favorite to win the Pac-12. It’s not the kind of Arizona team that we’re used to seeing, meaning that this group doesn’t have a star or a ton of NBA talent, but they do have a core of veterans that understand what their role is and a number of guys that can step up in a given game.
Was there really any doubt that Miller was going to find a way to make this team competitive?
GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Arizona at Arizona State, 2:00 p.m.
In my Weekend Preview that was published on Friday, I said that Arizona was the team that should be on upset alert this weekend. There’s a couple of reasons for that: 1. They’re on the road against an in-state rival that’s proven to be scrappy and capable of knocking off a better opponent; 2. While the Wildcats are probably the class of the Pac-12, this isn’t the same Arizona team that we’re used to seeing; and 3. It’s a weird tip-time, being played at 11:00 a.m. local time on a Sunday. At the very least, this should be a good game in a fun environment.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- There will be two games on NBCSN this afternoon, with UMass visiting La Salle in a 5:00 p.m. tip and Fordham playing at George Washington at 7:00 p.m.
- No. 21 Utah gave away a game at Stanford on Friday, which will likely hurt if Cal continues to play up to their ability.
- We’re going to get a real sense of whether or not Wake Forest is truly a tournament team when they play at No. 18 Louisville at 8:00 p.m. Louisville will be without Trey Lewis, who suffered an ankle injury in practice.
- Hopefully Oregon will play better than their football counterparts when they visit Oregon State at 7:00 p.m.
- Wichita State will get tested on the road in league play at Bradley in 3:00 p.m. tip.
- No. 25 UCLA at Washington State, 9:00 p.m.
- Colorado at Stanford, 10:00 p.m.
- USC at Washington, 3:00 p.m.
- Illinois at Ohio State, 5:00 p.m.
This might be the wildest sequence that you’ll ever see in a college basketball game.
Five possessions in the span of 30 seconds. Four blocked shots, a half dozen missed layups and one of the worst alley-oops that you’ll ever see thrown.
And the crowd LOVED it.
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No. 4 Maryland would go on to beat Northwestern, 72-59, and in the process gave the Wildcats a bit of a reality check. Northwestern was 13-1 entering Saturday. They had their eyes set on an NCAA tournament bid … and then found themselves down by 20 at the half — at home — when one of the Big Ten contenders came to Evanston.
But it doesn’t change just how much fun these 30 seconds were.