UA basketball: Talking heads say Wildcats will lose to Belmont in NCAA tournament

2013-03-18T22:00:00Z UA basketball: Talking heads say Wildcats will lose to Belmont in NCAA tournamentBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Seconds after the Arizona Wildcats were announced as a No. 6 seed matched up against No. 11 Belmont in the NCAA tournament, the alerts flashed.

On the CBS Selection Show: “Belmont’s gonna take down Arizona!”

In USA Today: “Potential upset: No. 11 Belmont over Arizona.”

On Yahoo!, under the heading “Fraudulent Five” that discusses potentially bounced NCAA tournament teams: “Seems an eternity ago that the Wildcats were 14-0.”

And in a statistically oriented ESPN.com analysis, Belmont was listed as a “Best Bet” to be a “Giant Killer” with a 46.8 percent chance of an upset: “It’s no secret that statheads love the Bruins.”

An intern in Arizona’s media relations office took note of all that, thought about it, and realized it was just people who are paid to pick upsets and talk about them.

But that intern, Solomon Hill, is also a senior forward for the Wildcats. So he has another perspective, too.

“Whatever they say is part of what they want to do as a profession and it doesn’t affect me, the way I play on the court,” Hill said.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Drexel at
USC
11/21 70-72
UNLV at
Stanford
11/21 60-89
Toledo at
Oregon
11/21 68-78
UC Riverside at
Utah
11/21 42-88
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 42-88
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
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