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
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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