Arizona Wildcats basketball: Cats earn road sweep

2012-02-04T22:00:00Z 2012-11-30T16:19:09Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Cats earn road sweepBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 04, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

STANFORD, Calif. — Kyle Fogg knows what you were probably thinking and, well, the Arizona guard and his teammates never agreed with it.

So instead of flopping at two of the Pac-12's better teams, the Wildcats went out and earned an improbable Bay area sweep with a 56-43 win over Stanford on Saturday by holding the Cardinal to just 25.4 percent shooting.

"The thought with us is you expected us to give up," said Fogg, who led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. "But nobody gave up. Coaches. Players. Managers. Nobody. We all believed that we're still in this thing. We had a great week of practice and we were able to get these two wins."

There was logical reason for the skepticism, of course. The Wildcats were floating in mediocrity, just 5-4 in Pac-12 play entering the weekend, without a sweep of any Pac-12 two-game weekend at home or on the road this season.

California, meanwhile, was in first place and undefeated at home and Stanford had not lost at Maples Pavilion in Pac-12 play.

But underneath those ominous signs, there was some positive history. Arizona (now 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Pac-12) had actually won three of their previous four games in the Bay area, and is now 8-4 at Cal and Stanford over the past six seasons.

Then there was the even more recent history to look at. Yes, Arizona was just 5-4 in Pac-12 play entering the weekend but three of those losses came by a combined five points.

"Nothing's ever as bad as it seems," UA coach Sean Miller said. "I'm sure we weren't a favorite to win either game, much less a sweep, and nothing's ever as good as it seems. It's about the process and what we can control."

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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 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
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