Coaching legend Lute Olsen is taking the year off and rumor is he is unlikey to return next season. That hasn't stopped Arizona from having another fine basketball season that will likely net them another tournament invitation. On Thursday the Wildcats handed 6th ranked Washington State its second loss of the season by launching a three point barrage from the outside which just happens to be one of the ways you can beat WSU this season. You can beat the cougs inside like UCLA did, but not many teams can do that. What the Wildcats did the other night was special, and it clearly shows they can beat any team in the country on a given night, especially at home.
Washington comes into town with a three game winning streak, momentum, and confidence. To win the Huskies are going to have to close the perimeter, play their own pace, and make sure Jon Brockman has another one of his double/double performances. It is tough to find a player having a better year than Brockman on the West coast. The kid is animal, and when he stays out of foul trouble he has the potential to dominate inside on offense, and defense.
The last time UW faced Arizona in McKale Center it was a disaster that resulted in a 84-54 loss. It wasn't just a disapointing loss, it was a mugging, and this years edition of the team wants to erase that bad memory. UW needs to split on the road, and win at home to qualify for the post season. A sweep down here would really help them make up some ground.