Even before Rondae Hollis-Jefferson threw down a dunk and danced the entire way down the court, the
The Wildcats, whose fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Saturday night's game against
That is, until Saturday, when Arizona dismantled the Ducks, 80-52, to cruise to the Pac-12 championship.
This season could be Arizona's best shot to break both streaks. The No. 5-ranked Wildcats are in contention for a No. 1 seed in the
Arizona (31-3) has shown the
Joseph Young scored the Ducks' first five points within two minutes, but after the quick start, Arizona Coach Sean Miller had T.J. McConnell defend Young.
After the switch, Young didn't score for the next 15 minutes, during which the Wildcats went on a 14-0 run. Oregon never recovered.
Young finished with 19 points, but by the time he found his rhythm, Arizona was in control. The Wildcats led by as many as 32 points in the second half. McConnell finished with 12 points and six assists.
Oregon (25-9) had been picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12's preseason media poll, but on Saturday, the Ducks were confident and streaking, having won seven in a row. But they were no match for Arizona's size.
Wildcats forward Brandon Ashley again had one of the best games of his career, with 20 points. Ashley missed last season's tournament because of a season-ending foot injury, and Arizona wasn't the same without him. Now, in the last two tournament games, he has scored 44 points.
The Wildcats had made the conference final three times in the previous four seasons. Each time, they lost in excruciating fashion. In 2011,
A year later,
This time, Arizona left nothing to chance.