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Arizona Looks to Keep the Pac-12 Pressure on Oregon in the Coming Days

Casey Sapio-USA Today Sports

On the road at Stanford, the Oregon Ducks were beat up pretty good, falling to the Cardinal by a final score of 76-52.

The beat down was the first Pac-12 loss that the Ducks have suffered this season, so the sluggish affair is not much to dwell upon if Oregon can respond this weekend against California.

On the other hand however, it has opened the door for Arizona to keep the pressure on the Ducks. Entering Thursday night, the Wildcats are currently positioned at 5-2 within the conference with a pivotal road stand approaching this weekend. It’s not just one trap game for Arizona, but a pair of trap games that they must win if they hope to make a stab at the conference’s regular season title this season.

The Wildcats are certainly favored despite the road situation against both Washington and Washington State, so a pair of victories in the next three days stands as crucial for head coach Sean Miller and his squad.

Arizona has won three of its past four games since falling to Oregon at home back on Jan. 10. The Wildcats will look to keep their improving play up and with the current, eighth-ranked position in the polls, it’s only to be expected.

Long story short, Arizona can’t afford to let either of these contests this weekend slip through their hands. If so, the loss that Oregon suffered on Wednesday night will all go to waste. It’s highly important that the ‘Cats can keep pace with Oregon, especially considering the two will not match-up again in the regular season.

 

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