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 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 54-93
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 54-93
George Washington at
Colorado
12/23 53-50
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 74-71
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 66-80
Arizona at
UNLV
12/23 67-71
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
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