Lots of notes and links before tonight's Arizona-UCLA showdown at McKale Center (7 p.m., ESPN2):
-- ESPNLosAngeles says it's a must-win game as usual for Arizona and UCLA.
-- Shabazz Muhammad believes it is, too, saying in the Orange County Register "we gotta win" and in the L.A. Daily News, which also quotes Travis Wear saying the Bruins actually need both games in Arizona this week.
-- The L.A. Times had this preview box and a feature on promising freshman big man Tony Parker. Ben Howland has not played Parker much in conference play, but it will be interesting to see if he does so tonight against UA's big men.
... Because as the Citizen noted, the Wildcats will have an expected edge in rebounding and size tonight.
-- The Wildcat has some storylines to look for.
Bill Walton, who will provide color for tonight's game, said he was "astounded" that it took Pat Haden so long to fire Kevin O'Neill at USC and offered many other opinions in a recent Los Angeles Times column.
Walton, BTW, is scheduled to make a Feb. 6 appearance at Arizona on his Pac-12 bus tour.
ESPN is also sending Samantha Ponder to do sideline reporting tonight. She's the newly married wife of Vikings QB Christian Ponder.
Yes, we have yet another Josiah Turner update for those who are still tuned in...He's landed on Canada's Prince Edward Island, playing for the Summerside Storm after another Canadian team, the Halifax Rainmen, released him.
That makes it five organizations Turner has played for or been committed to over the past 12 months: UA, SMU, Albacomp of Hungary, the Rainmen and now the Storm.
Greg Byrne was surprised to see entire families of four or five cram on a motor bike in Vietnam.
So who's a believer in a transitive property for college basketball? Miami blew out Duke.
But...the Florida Alligator argues that the Gators should be ranked No. 1 even though UA beat Florida on Dec. 15.
Grantland's Mark Titus puts UA at No. 6 in his rankings and says he's checking out the McKale Center atmosphere tonight.
Joe Burton said the results of Oregon State's first Pac-12 win, over Washington, was a leaf the Beavers can now turn over for a new start.
Lorenzo Romar says the Huskies lacked energy at Gill Coliseum.
After leading by 10 points at halftime, WSU crumbled down the stretch at Oregon.
Dana Altman doesn't want the Ducks to make a habit of comebacks.
Other Pac-12 games tonight:
California at Utah, 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). Utah's leading scorer, Jarred DuBois, is questionable for the game.
Stanford at Colorado, 8 p.m. (ESPNU). Stanford was the only Pac-12 team to beat CU in Boulder last season and the Buffs are concerned again.
USC at ASU, 8:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)