Arizona Wildcats basketball: Preparation for Utah trumps any thought of Buffaloes' controversial shot

2013-01-04T22:00:00Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Preparation for Utah trumps any thought of Buffaloes' controversial shotBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 04, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

What could be the nation’s luckiest unbeaten team received another break of sorts Friday.

Because of new Pac-12 scheduling dynamics, Arizona had one fewer day than Utah to prepare for their game today at McKale Center, which effectively meant there was no time to think about Thursday night.

No time to wonder if a three-pointer by Colorado’s Sabatino Chen made it off his fingers in time to beat the Wildcats in regulation. No time to wonder what replay angle the officials saw when they ruled he did not get the shot off in time, sending the game to overtime and to a 92-83 Arizona win.

No time to sit around watching ESPN replays or reading any number of countless articles and blogs dissecting it all.

“We’ve moved on,” UA coach Sean Miller said Friday. “We know we were very, very fortunate to win that game. It’s very obvious that Colorado was the better team throughout.”

Even though he watched replays himself — some of which had indicated Chen did get the shot off in time — Miller stopped short of saying that Chen’s shot wasn’t good. As he did after Thursday’s game, Miller mentioned how many close calls the Buffaloes and Wildcats have already had, not only Thursday but also in a one-point game at Boulder, Colo., last season and in a Pac-12 Tournament final that was decided by only two points.

Read more about the Wildcats in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 7 2 0 0.778 17 4 0 0.810
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
UCLA 5 4 0 0.556 13 9 0 0.591
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Colorado 4 5 0 0.444 11 9 0 0.550
California 3 6 0 0.333 13 9 0 0.591
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
Washington 3 6 0 0.333 14 7 0 0.667
USC 1 8 0 0.111 9 12 0 0.429

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 59-72
Utah at
USC
2/1 67-39
California at
Washington
2/1 90-88
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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