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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
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
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
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
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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