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 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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