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During Arizona's 14-0 start, it was undeniable that there was something in the air. Whether it was fate, magic, destiny or just luck, the Wildcats pulled out some incredibly improbable victories.
The comeback train started against Southern Miss, when the Wildcats were down 11 points in the first half. They fought back to win by eight. Two games later, in one of the most epic games the McKale Center has seen in years, the Wildcats played Florida. Down double digits for much of the game, and six points with just over a minute remaining, Arizona beat Florida on a great final-second shot by Mark Lyons.
Continuing the theme, the Wildcats trailed San Diego State by eight points in the second half. They won that game on an awesome blocked-shot by Nick Johnson. Moving along to the very next game, Colorado was up 16 points halfway through the second half, up 10 points with 3:14 left and eight points with 1:44. Somehow (well...with the help of blind officials) the Cats came back to win the game in OT.
The run of comebacks was simply unbelievable. Then the Wildcats went to Eugene. Despite the fact they were down 14 points in the second half, Arizona looked to have Oregon just where they wanted them. As the comeback started, it just seemed certain that the magic was going to take over again. It didn't; Arizona lost its first game of the season.
Against UCLA they tried their winning formula of "get down by double-digits and then come back at the very end" once more, but a 19-3 hole to start the game was too much to overcome.
Moving forward, the Wildcats need to take the lessons learned by the Pac-12 season and realize they are not good enough to get down to good teams and come back. The magic stopped after the Colorado game and if this happens in the NCAA tournament, it will mark Arizona's exit.