Posted on: December 22, 2009 4:08 pm

Did Arizona get lucky versus Lipscomb?

I followed this game all last night and the more times I see the Youtube video, the more it looks like Lipscomb should've won their game against Arizona. Down in overtime, Nic Wise hit this game winner to get the Wildcats the win to avoid embarrasment. I've got the video on my site here , for those who haven't seen it.

Either way, since when Lipscomb start playing competitive games against Arizona? Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the shot. Should it have counted? Should it have not counted?
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Arizona, Lipscomb
Posted on: January 30, 2009 12:17 am
Edited on: January 30, 2009 1:00 am

CBB Nightly: Arizona wins a "must win" game

Chase Budinger and Arizona are not going down without a fight. For everyone that thought Arizona's NCAA Tournament streak was going to quietly end during a mediocre season, well guess again. The Wildcats roller coaster type season continued once again on Thursday night when the Wildcats knocked off #24 Washington.

For a team that has been completely torn about by a couple of crazy losses (UAB & USC included) this was a monster victory. There's a few reasons never to count Arizona out when it comes to NCAA Tournament bids. The main reason is the name on their jerseys (fair or not) and the tradition the Wildcats have. This team is going to be in the running one way or another for the rest of the season. This win (along with an amazing comeback against Houston) put them right back on the bubble.

Arizona Wildcats:
Overall Record:
Conference Record: 3-5
Best Wins: Gonzaga, Kansas, Houston, San Diego State
RPI: 72*
SOS: 51*

*Denotes that RPI & SOS numbers were calculated before Thursday night, and will be updated early Friday morning. Numbers are via ESPN,com's Realtime RPI .

But the Wildcats weren't the only big winner on Thursday night. Add Washington State (win over Arizona State), Minnesota (over Illinois), Utah State (over Nevada), UCLA (over California), Arkansas (over Alabama), and Clemson (over Virginia Tech).



Here's my 10 quick thoughts from Thursday night's college basketball action:

  1. It's time to get familiar with Utah State America. The Aggies are going dancing unless they experience a complete collapse down the stretch. They are 20-1 and dominating the WAC.
  2. Arkansas isn't quite done yet either, since the theme of my blog tonight was about Arizona's NCAA Tournament chances. The Razorbacks started 0-4 in SEC play but rebounded with a victory over reeling Alabama (which is in turmoil) at home. It's going to be an uphill battle but it's not impossible with wins over Texas & Oklahoma.
  3. How about the toughness Clemson showed against Virginia Tech? In the past the Tigers likely would've faded when the Hokies lead reached 15 points as the crowds momentum started to really get behind the Hokies. Instead Clemson fought back and got a huge road ACC win.
  4. Dayton is a team that isn't getting enough respect. The Flyers haven't exactly played Georgetown's schedule but when a team is 19-2 you expect them to get a little national attention. Not Dayton. This is a team you might want to start studying for your NCAA Tournament office pools as a potential Cinderella.
  5. Michigan State is the lone Big Ten team I see capable of making a Final Four run, but the Spartans aren't even getting that kind of consideration by most. Winning on the road in the Big Ten is not easy, but Michigan State made it look that way against Iowa.
  6. Anyone remember Siena? The Saints played a tough out of conference schedule to get NCAA Tournament ready. They lost out on all their big chances to get at large bid worthy victories. Since a 5-4 start the Saints haev won 12 of 13 and lead the MAAC with a 11-0 record.
  7. If you haven't seen the ending of the Evansville-Drake game yet you are certainly missing out. The Aces won off of a half court buzzer beater to pull out the victory. The winning shot was nailed by Freshman Kaylon Williams
  8. Anyone want to question who the Pac 10's best team is? I know UCLA isn't playing it's best basketball right now (I have been down on the Bruins this year some as well) but with their win over California, and losses by Arizona State & Washington there isn't much argument left in my eyes.
  9. Gonzaga is officially back on the national stage. The Bulldogs had a rough stretch--like a lot of top teams have--and came from behind to knock off St. Marys after Patty Mills left the game at halftime with a wrist injury. The loss has to hurt for the Gaels, especially since they had Gonzaga down six at halftime. Without Mills they couldn't pull out the win in the second half.
  10. On an unrelated note, if you guys have used March Madness on Demand the last couple of years to get NCAA Tournament games outside of your area then listen up. This year I'm told they have a brand new player set up and it's suppose to be better than ever. It's not ready just yet, but here's the link where you can sign up to get an email notification for when it is.

BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE: I promise to have one completed tomorrow afternoon hopefully. It will either be posted here on this CBS blog (or linked here) or on OSF. Thanks to everyone for being so patient on it. There is going to be a LOT of changes.

-Daniel Evans

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