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Wildcats falter at home, lose to Beavers 63-55

Lack of effort dooms UA against Oregon State

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The Arizona men’s basketball team has put itself in the position of having to win the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to have any chance of a 25th straight NCAA Tournament bid.

The Wildcats were upset by Oregon State 63-55 on Saturday at McKale Center, dropping out of a tie for second place in the league into a fifth-place tie with Washington at 7-6. UA is 13-12 overall.

Oregon State, which swept the season series, ended a 27-game losing streak at McKale Center.

OSU controlled the pace, except for a 9-0 UA run midway through the second half that tied the score at 39, and stymied UA on offense with its zone defenses. The Cats shot 39.6 percent (19 of 48) from the field.

UA’s poor play came after a solid 70-57 win over Oregon on Thursday. But the Cats, who lost 67-64 to the Beavers last month, could not handle the patient play of the Beavers.

The loss to an 11-13 Oregon State squad, which is 5-7 in league play, does serious damage to UA’s NCAA hopes. The NCAA Committee could probably overlook the last-second loss to the Beavers on the road, but the lackluster home loss Saturday is a different matter.

It appeared for a while Saturday that the Cats could be playing for a tie for first place, but Washington State blew an 11-point halftime lead and eventually lost 86-70 to California, and then the Cats fell apart against the Beavers.

UA returns to action Feb. 21 with a home game at 3:30 p.m. against Arizona State. The Sun Devils are in second at 8-5 after a win over Oregon on Saturday. After that, UA plays on the road against the Bay Area schools – UA will be lucky if it can get a split – and closes the regular season with home games against UCLA and USC.

Up Next

  • Arizona State at Arizona
  • When: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21
  • Where: McKale Center
  • TV: Fox Sports Net Arizona
  • Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)

Pacific-10 Conference Standings

  • California 8-4, 17-8
  • Arizona State 8-5, 18-8
  • UCLA 6-5, 11-12
  • USC 6-5, 14-9
  • Arizona 7-6, 13-12
  • Washington 7-6, 17-8
  • Wash. State 5-8, 15-10
  • Oregon State 5-7, 11-13
  • Stanford 5-8, 11-14
  • Oregon 4-8, 12-12

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