The post-Lute Olson era at Arizona has begun, and it is, um, interesting.
Last night, in the NIT Season Tip-Off, UAB downed the Wildcats 72-71, thanks to a Paul Delaney III free throw with .8 seconds left, and that was after blowing an 11-point lead with 8:30 remaining. That in itself sure seems like it was an exciting game ... oh, but there's more. College Hoops Journal (via Awful Announcing) has the (embarrassingly dumb) details of the final 30 seconds.
Then, with the score 71-69 after Arizona’s Garland Junkins missed a free throw, Arizona’s Kyle Fogg scrapped up the loose ball and put it in the hoop, tying the game at 71 with :30 seconds remaining. Fogg, not thinking because he was probably told in the timeout before the free throw to foul by the coaches (thinking they’d be down by one or two after the free throw), fouled UAB’s Aaron Johnson. OK … honest mistake ...
So Johnson misses his one-and-one attempt. Jordan Hill grabs the rebound. Arizona calls timeout, sets up a play, and puts it in the hands of Nic Wise. Wise’s shot clanks off the rim with about three seconds to go and UAB’s Paul Delaney (the THIRD) gets the rebound. That’s when Jamelle Horne completely forgets how to play the game of basketball, ignores the fact that the game is tied at 71 and lunges for Delaney III, causing the refs to call an intention foul on Horne, giving UAB two shots and the ball.
Delaney III only made one-of-two, but that was enough to give UAB the win. Amazing.
Hey look -- there's video (after the jump).