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 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
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