Arizona-UCLA pregame: Will this be Wildcats' first loss?

2014-01-09T09:28:00Z 2014-01-09T22:27:52Z Arizona-UCLA pregame: Will this be Wildcats' first loss?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

LOS ANGELES – A loss is expected to come one of these days. Maybe tonight, maybe later this month, maybe next month. Who knows?

Sean Miller just wants the Arizona Wildcats to move on from it, to stay balanced between confidence and humility.

“The fact that we’re ranked No. 1 is a good thing,” Miller said earlier this week. “We’re not acting like we’re going to go 40-0. But when the loss does come we have to move on accordingly. We hold a big stick because of the tradition we have (at Arizona) and we have to honor the past, but at the same time be able to enjoy the season. We don’t walk around here hoping we’re not going to lose because of the expectation.”

Some coverage related to tonight's game:

-- The L.A. Times says there continues to be no love lost in the UCLA-Arizona rivalry and has a preview box.

-- The L.A. Daily News has 10 top moments in the rivalry.

-- Here's the school-produced notes from Arizona and UCLA.

-- Azcentral has a look at UCLA's Kyle Anderson.

--  Our usual avalanche of stuff: A short story on UA hitting the Pac-12 road with charts of how the Wildcats have done away from home under Sean Miller, Greg Hansen’s look at top moments in UA games at Pauley, Jon Gold’s feature on Bryce Alford and a notebook

We also have a slide show and, ICYMI, a look at the UA defense vs. UCLA offense angle.

-- Today’s 7 p.m. game will be on ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton broadcasting it.

After criticizing former UCLA coach Ben Howland last season, Walton has been saying the Bruins are headed in the right direction under Steve Alford.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a nice effort with fans about an hour after last Saturday’s UA-Washington game, according to this post on the Wildcat Authority boards by Jeff Briggs, who also emailed me to add details. Briggs said Hollis-Jefferson offered a long embrace to a handicapped fan, who responded by singing him happy birthday.

Hollis-Jefferson is “quickly becoming my entire family’s favorite player because of his demeanor and smile," Briggs said in his email. "We were blown away by the entire experience."

UA signee Kadeem Allen scored 41 points on Wednesday despite a wrist injury he says may require surgery after the season.

UCLA has landed 2016 point guard Lonzo Ball.

Might not get any wilder than this in the Pac-12: Washington State nearly knocked off Colorado in Spokane, Wash.

But WSU AD Bill Moos is looking for some buzz around the Cougars' program, and Ken Bone's days are expected to be limited.

Washington held off Delon Wright and Utah.

Anyone interested in previewing UA’s opponent on Sunday, can flip over to the USC-ASU game on Pac-12 Networks after the UA-UCLA game. The USC-ASU game will start at 8 p.m.

In other Pac-12 games tonight, Stanford plays at Oregon State (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and California is at Oregon (9 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Andre Iguodala is helping the Warriors all over the court.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
1/24 70-89
Washington at
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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