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."
Read more about Arizona basketball in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star