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. Daily News has 10 top moments in the rivalry.
-- 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.
-- 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."
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.
Andre Iguodala is helping the Warriors all over the court.