It was a very good night time on the hardwood for the Miller brothers. Simply as Indiana coach Archie Miller was wrapping up a win over No. 4 Iowa on the street, Arizona coach Sean Miller was bagging himself a pleasant street victory, too — and in dramatic vogue.
His Wildcats escaped Tempe, Arizona with an 84-82 win over in-state rival Arizona State on Thursday. Tied at 82-all, Arizona’s James Akinjo’s would-be game-winner got here up quick. However freshman Azuolas Tubelis was there for the rebound and put-back, which dropped as time expired.
The last-second theatrics for Arizona had been a becoming approach to ship it off into the sundown after a recreation that was stuffed with twists and turns. Arizona led by double digits and held the lead for almost all of the sport, however Arizona State made a push and claimed its greatest lead of the night time — by seven — with slightly below 5 minutes to play. From there the Wildcats closed on a 15-6 run that culminated with the walk-off game-winner.
Resilient as ever, Arizona, even with a postseason ban hanging over this system this yr, ended it with combat. The identical could not be stated of ASU — and hasn’t been stated of ASU — because it now drops to 1-4 in Pac-12 play whereas Arizona vaults to 5-3, nicely inside attain of contending for the convention crown.
For Arizona State, it is a part of what has been a stunningly disappointing season that continues to development downward. After being picked to complete second within the Pac-12 this preseason — and garnering first-place votes — it now sits with 2-11 Washington as the one convention groups with only one win in league play thus far.