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
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
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
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
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
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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