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
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
Washington at
Utah
1/25 56-77
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
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