At the McKale Center, home to No. 17 Arizona, games and sometimes entire seasons have often been swallowed whole by 14,545 loud, red partisans.
UCLA’s 81-75 loss here on Friday night meant the Wildcats have now won 51 of its last 52 games here, and they showed why.
The loss leaves UCLA (13-11, 4-7 in Pac-12 play) in a similar position as after a loss here last season: wallowing in conference play, with schedule running out and its NCAA tournament chances unclear.
UCLA had dominated the first half on Friday. After an early 8-0 Arizona run, the Bruins hounded Arizona, and silenced the crowd. The Wildcats shot less than 30% for the half, and UCLA used the rare...