The Arizona Wildcats received some help on Wednesday night from some unlikely teams. The USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal, two teams in the bottom half of the Pac-12, upset UCLA and #10 Oregon, putting Arizona one game back from first place and taking UCLA out of second place.
USC upset UCLA in overtime 75-71 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins shot only 38% from the field and a pitiful 2-19 from three point range. Though USC was out-rebounded, coughed up 17 turnovers and got to the free throw line for 12 less attempts than the Bruins, the Trojans simply outshot UCLA. Thinking this game would be a shoo in victory, UCLA chose this night to retire Reggie Miller’s jersey. Oi vey.
An hour later, #10 Oregon suffered their first loss of in the Pac-12 by getting blown out by Stanford 76-52 on the road. Simply put, Oregon was outshot, out-rebounded, out-assisted, out-stolen, out-blocked, out-turnovered, out-played, out-coahced and out-everythinged by a subpar basketball team. It was just plain ugly.
This puts Arizona in a great position moving forward, as it was not expected in the slightest that UCLA AND Oregon both would fall tonight.