Wacky Times In Pac-10 Men's Basketball Conference as ASU Wins, UA Loses

So here's where we stand:

Four -- count 'em -- teams are tied for first place after last night's goings-on in the Pacific-10 men's baskeball league, including the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Mind you, none of the quartet (the other two are UCLA and the Cal Golden Bears) are going to put fear in the hearts this season of any of major-college basketball's big boys--the Dukes, the Kansases, the Villanovas, and so on.

But having a league heading into the homestretch in which all ten teams are within two games of each other makes for a lot of fun -- which is supposed to be the point, sports fans! 

Arizona did have a legit chance of beating Washington last night up in Seattle. But the limited playing time of star freshman Derrick Williams due to early foul trouble pretty much doomed the Wildcats, who lost by six.

But over in remote Pullman, ASU got a good road win and moved into that first-place tie by holding off Washington State. Ty Abbott, who has turned into a very nice shooting guard, kept his hot streak going and the Devils seemed to toughen up their defense every time the home team made a run at them.

Over the weekend, the two Arizona teams will switch locales, with UA playing in Pullman, and ASU over in Seattle.

As we've been preaching, the Arizona-ASU game down in Tucson in a few weeks promises to be a monster, or as the Sun Devils' able sports information guy Doug Tammaro inevitably will say (tongue almost all in cheek), "It's gonna be the biggest game of ALL TIME!"

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Paul Rubin
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