No Bull: Buffalo pulls off big upset, knocks off Arizona

Lynette Rowe
March 19, 2018

The Wildcats went 0 for 6 from 3-point range, marking the first time since the 1988 Great Alaska Shootout that they had not made a 3, a span of 1,047 games.

As anxious as the Wildcat faithful were, many undoubtedly still felt Arizona would go on a major run in the second half, and overpower the Bulls with U of A's group of 5 and 4 star players.

"With us being a MAC, it's easy to look at us as a team that can't compete with a high-major, a team that has four National Basketball Association prospects", Clark said. At the end of the day, we're all basketball players, we're going to try to come out and compete and show the world what kind of basketball team we are.

After Arizona cut it to 60-55 with 12:11 remaining, Buffalo went on a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes to effectively remove any suspense, allowing for the many post mortems on Arizona's season to begin.

Arizona State and UCLA also lost on Thursday.

Who Public Bettors Like: Arizona.

An Arizona Wildcats season rocked by turbulence even before it started is over, and there wasn't even any suspense.

The pace of this game should be quick. The Wildcats were able to beat Texas A&M and Alabama in Tucson before conference play.

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A lot of good teams were did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament but for USC not to make it is a slap in the face to the Trojans but also to the Pac-12. Led by superstar freshman Deandre Ayton, the Cats have won five straight games, including last week's Pac-12 Tournament championship in Las Vegas, and are a trendy pick to advance to this year's Final Four.

Buffalo coach Nate Oats might've just poked the bear. The Cats are just behind them at No. 10.

The Buffalo Bulls were in a zone, knocking down shots, snaring offensive rebounds, drawing charges.

Clark averages 15 points a game. Late in the season, guard Allonzo Trier was suspended for two games over a PED test, which he successfully appealed, while ESPN reported that UA coach Sean Miller alledgedly discussed paying a recruit $100,000.

Deandre Ayton scored 14 points and collecting 13 rebounds for his 24th double-double, which is now tied for the NCAA lead.

Prediction: I expect this to be a close game and the key will be the Wildcats ability to defend the three. Ayton is joined by three other Wildcats on ESPN's top-50 prospect list and has a second seven-footer in the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, the featured game on the night will tip-off at 9:10 p.m. ET between the 11th seeds Arizona State and Syracuse.

Coach John Calipari and Kentucky have gotten used to being the big, bad wolf. Credit Syracuse's fabulous freshman forward and its legendary zone defense for getting a cringe-worthy win.

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