Feb 25, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner (11) attempts a shot over the arms of UCLA Bruins forward Travis Wear (24) in the second half of a game at the McKale Center. The Wildcats won 65-63. Mandatory Credit: Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE
This will be a battle of teams that are marquee examples of the answer to the question "What's wrong with the Pac-12?" These teams met less than two weeks ago in Tucson where the Bruins choked away another game late to the
Oregon Ducks Stanford Cardinal Cal Golden Bears Oregon St. Beavers Washington Huskies St. John's Red Storm Wildcats. That win put Arizona on decent footing to nab themselves an at large bid to the tournament.
What a difference a week makes.
After losing to woeful ASU last week, Arizona finds themselves in the same situation as the Bruins and virtually all of the remaining Pac-12 field: Win or Go Home. That's not to say any of these teams really deserve an at-large bid, because they don't, but it underscores the prime opportunity the Bruins have to actually sneak into the field. In the 80 minutes of game time played between these two squads, the Bruins have probably been the better team for the majority of them. Arizona will also be without suspended guard Josiah Turner.
Whether the Bruins can capitalize on a weakened Wildcat squad will be another matter, with UCLA having had to play four of its starters 30+ minutes yesterday afternoon just to earn their first round bye in putting away the lowly Trogans.
Once again, the game will be on locally on FSN and AM 570.