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January 29, 2009 at 4:24 PM

From Tucson

I’m at the McKale Center, where it’s about an hour to tipoff.
Which only means that the pre-game show on the radio here is in its fourth hour.
Yep, Arizona basketball is that big here, in what is a one-horse town, that they began talking about this game at 2:30 local time. I caught a lot of it making the drive down from Phoenix and the jist was that this may be the turning point game for the Wildcats. Win it, and Arizona has a chance to get on a little roll with WSU coming in next, and then visits to the two Oregon schools.
But lose it, and at 2-6 in Pac-10 play with 10 to go, the NCAA Tournament starts looking distant.
The hope here is that Arizona found itself a little when it rallied from 10 down in the last 52 seconds to force overtime and eventually beat visiting Houston.
Arizona’s previous two games had each been last-minute losses, at USC and home to Arizona State, and reversing those would have put the Wildcats right in the thick of the Pac-10 race.
The other theme of the radio guys is that this will be a matchup of UW’s superior depth against Arizona’s star power. The Wildcats have three of the best players in the conference in Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise. But while those three are each averaging 34.6 minutes per game or higher, only one other player is averaging as much as 19 — Jamelle Horne at 29.6.
Maybe that’s why the Wildcats seem to lose steam late.
With Elston Turner getting healthier by the day, the Huskies will have their full complement of players to throw at the Wildcats (a number that includes Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who is participating in warmups as I type this).
UW, meanwhile, will try to erase the sting of blowout losses here the past two seasons that were each among the worst performances of those years.
More later when we start the game thread.

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