Will Stanford Hand Arizona Its First Loss of the Season?

By Trevor Lowry
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Arizona, Wichita State and Syracuse are all undefeated. It is the Wildcats who have a true test on Jan. 29, though. They will be taking on the Stanford Cardinal on the road. Will Stanford hand Arizona its first loss of the season?

The Wildcats are trucking right through the Pac-12, so it does not seem likely at this point. They are 20-0 on the season and 7-0 in conference play. It really wouldn’t be a surprise if they ran the table in the regular season.

Stanford will go into that matchup with a 13-6 record overall and a 4-3 Pac-12 record.

The Cardinal went into Connecticut earlier in the season and ended up pulling off the upset against the Huskies, handing them their first loss, so they certainly could do the same against Arizona. Stanford will be playing at home, so it will have its fans on its side, which is usually a big thing in college hoops.

There is no other team ranked in the Pac-12 other than Arizona, which I find rather hard to believe. This is a very competitive conference and the race for the title would be great if the Wildcats were not in the conference. That does not mean the rest of the teams are doomed, though.

Someone just needs to beat Arizona to show that it is beatable. That is where Stanford is going to come in. Maybe.

Chasson Randle is going to have to be his normal self and maybe even a little better. He is currently averaging 19.1 points per game and his great play will be crucial against Sean Miller‘s team.

Arizona will more than likely win, but I wouldn’t count out Stanford just yet. Not on their home court at least.

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