Arizona basketball: Despite apparent fortune of seeding, Cats know Harvard can't be overlooked

2013-03-22T22:00:00Z Arizona basketball: Despite apparent fortune of seeding, Cats know Harvard can't be overlookedBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY – Four years later, you could say, the NCAA worlds are aligning again for the Arizona Wildcats.

Arizona finished the regular season 5-5, but was allowed to stay in Pac-12 country to open NCAA tournament play once UCLA guard Jordan Adams broke his foot and the selection committee downgraded the Bruins.

Arizona was then matched up with a much smaller team in its opener, and destroyed Belmont on the boards during an 81-64 victory on Thursday.

And now, a 14 seed? That’s all that remains between the Wildcats and a virtual trip “home” for the Sweet 16 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where many of their players and thousands of their fans live: Just a win over Harvard today at EnergySolutions Arena.

Of course, the Wildcats will tell you it’s all not that simple. And they have some evidence: Despite losing two of its best players to an academic scandal, Harvard (20-9) beat Cal at Berkeley, played St. Mary’s and Memphis tough on the road, and upset 10th-ranked New Mexico in their opener Thursday.

“You can’t overlook Harvard,” forward Kevin Parrom said. “Just look at New Mexico. See what they did? They’re going home. We don’t want to do that.”

Read more about the Cats and Crimson 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 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
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