The most frustrating part of playing at Arizona, where the Wildcats have won 70 of their last 71 games after USC’s 90-77 loss on Thursday, is not when a visiting team is playing poorly.
That is to be expected. Wait until a team has a chance to play well here. Then futility can be understood.
USC learned this late in the first half. The Trojans were shooting the lights out. They were making smart cuts and scoring easy baskets. They packed the paint to fluster Arizona’s imposing frontcourt.
At one point, the Trojans led by nine points, and some in a rabid student section began to pull Arizona bucket hats — the night’s giveaway — over their eyes.
Then, with a little...