Time was that the Arizona Wildcats hated the Pac-10 postseason basketball tournament with a passion. That was when the `Cats routinely dominated league play, finishing first or second seemingly every year after now-retired Lute Olson revved up the program in the mid-1980s.
Olson and his minions considered the tourney an unnecessary trifle, something the league's lesser lights must endure to fight their way into the 64-team NCAA Championship -- the Big Dance.
A victory is anything but a given.
ASU nipped Arizona twice this season, including last month's thrilling 3-point win in Tempe after the Wildcats had come from way down in the second half to take a late lead.
The teams are very close in talent, with future NBAers dotting each lineup. We're betting that scrappy point guard Nic Wise, one of our favorites, will have a big role in the outcome.
Should be a good one, so good that we'll be making the trek to LA in the morning to watch it firsthand.
Those stuck back here in Valley can watch the game on Channel 34 (FSN) or listen on KTAR-620, where the always excellent Tim Healey will be making the call.