There's no bigger buzz kill then having a celebratory night ruined by a loss. Be it a championship banner, honoring a team, or as was the case last night, retiring a number, few things dampen moods as fast as a loss on one of those nights. So when the Arizona Wildcats announced that Jason Terry would have his number retired, it was only fitting to do so on a night when victory seemed near certain.
Enter the Southern California Trojans.
Arizona pulled away about midway through the first half and led by 18 at the intermission after a couple T.J. McConnell free throws with four seconds left. It was a balanced effort throughout as six Wildcats scored in double figures led by Kaleb Tarczewski's 15 points. The center has quietly put together back to back quality games (opponents not withstanding).
Arizona hit the Trojans with a 12-0 run to start the second half to push the lead to 30 and the rout was officially on. It was more than just an offensive spectacle however as Arizona locked up USC all night, holding the Trojans to 31% shooting and turning the Trojans over 16 times. Stanley Johnson finished with six steals to go with 13 points, seven boards and six assists in one of his most complete performances of the year.
With the win, the Wildcats kept pace with Utah, who won Thursday night at Oregon State, as both head into the weekend with the tougher of their two opponents for the week..
However the night was all about the JET, Jason Eugene Terry, getting his Arizona jersey retired. A member of the 1997 National Championship team and an NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Terry joins Mike Bibby, Jason Gardner, Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr with that honor.
Arizona welcomes College Gameday to Tucson on Saturday night as they host the UCLA Bruins at 7 PM MST.