The Arizona Wildcats basketball team likes living close to the edge.
The excitement is so much more palpable when the Cardiac Cats bring the team back to life after so many have written them off—time and time again.
They weren't so lucky on Thursday night.
The No. 6 Wildcats (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) started off with a 1-0 lead yet never led the rest of the game. It wasn't until four minutes later that they scored their first field goal and another four minutes until they scored their second. By that point, the UCLA Bruins had opened up a huge 21-5 lead.
Arizona would pull within five but trailed by 10 going into the intermission. The second half saw many swings by both teams, with the Bruins going up by as many as 15 and the 'Cats pulling within four.
There were no late-game heroics this time for the Wildcats as they hit only 1-of-7 from beyond the arc in the final 2:22 and turned it over twice before falling 73-84.
Here is the analysis of where the breakdown came into play for Coach Miller and the 'Cats.