Last night, the Wildcats loss to the UCLA Bruins, 74-69. Given that the loss now puts them mathematically out of the running for the regular season conference title, Arizona now has to look to the future.
While it is likely disappointing that they can’t claim some regular season gold, there is a reason to smile in the state of Arizona. No, not that beautiful women live there or the weather is always nice – although, that is pretty awesome – but it’s because of the Wildcats’ next opponent, the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Usually, when someone feels down about themselves, they like to either sob or take it out on another person. That’s where the Sun Devils come in. Not only are they the in-state rivals of the Wildcats, but they are fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives. What is a better way for Zona to feel better about themselves than ruining a rivals’ chance at some postseason run?
Not that a loss to Arizona would completely knock Arizona State off the NCAA Tournament bubble or anything. Yet, the illusion of hurting another team’s chances just might be enough to help keep the Wildcats focused for their final regular season game.
Momentum is something that is very important going into postseason play. Arizona is currently riding a two-game losing streak, so obviously their momentum is going in the wrong direction. However, thanks to having the opportunity to play the role of spoiler, the Wildcats should be focused enough to swing the gates of momentum in their favor.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone