UA basketball: What they're saying about Arizona's NCAA tournament chances

2013-03-18T12:45:00Z UA basketball: What they're saying about Arizona's NCAA tournament chances Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 12:45 pm

 

Arizona is officially on upset alert. Many pundits, including the ones listed below, are picking No. 11 Belmont to hang with — and possibly upset — the Wildcats when the teams meet Thursday in Salt Lake City. Here's a look at what they're saying: 

Belmont has been a chic upset pick in many of its recent appearances. But it has never been seeded as high as this year, and now I have to believe this is Rick Byrd's moment. His two-guard attack of Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson are going to give fits to Arizona's uneven backcourt. … Arizona's just out of sorts. It's talented but hasn't fully come into form this year. Most times, I think trendy upset picks of the 11/6 and 12/5 variety need to be avoided. Not here. Expect a really good game to go Belmont's way. - Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com

I like our chances. #Dontsleep - Arizona guard Mark Lyons (@onlymoog)

Is Belmont the best basketball program in the country never to have won an NCAA tournament game? This is the sixth NCAA appearance for Belmont since 2006, but its record stands at 0-5. Maybe they can end their losing streak in this one, and not just because they have a nickname - Bruins - that has beaten Arizona three times this year, all courtesy of UCLA. Belmont senior guard Ian Clark - 18.1 points a game, 46.3 percent from beyond the arc - is the kind of three-point marksman that can give Arizona fits. - David Leon Moore, USA Today

If I offer you one win, will you take it? I think they'll get Zona. … Arizona's No. 1 weakness all season was defending the three. Belmont is spread, drive, kick and shoot. Plus they're poised. - Sports Illustrated/CBS reporter Seth Davis (@sethdavishoops).

 

 

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 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
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 56-78
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 56-78
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Lipscomb at
Colorado
11/30 12:00 pm
Stanford at
DePaul
11/30 12:00 pm
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
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