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.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 1 0 0 1.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 1 1 0 0.500
USC 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 2 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Syracuse at
California
11/20 59-73
Toledo at
Oregon
11/21 5:00 pm
UNLV at
Stanford
11/21 5:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
UC Riverside at
Utah
11/21 7:00 pm
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 4:00 pm
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Free Wildcats Sports Newsletter

University of Arizona sports news and blog headlines, delivered daily

Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...