LOS ANGELES Arizona is ready and waiting.
The Wildcats, on a mission to win the regular-season and Pac-10 tournament titles, held off USC in the early game, 67-62.
Derrick Williams, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, had 20 points for the Wildcats (27-6). Jesse Perry added 11.
The Cats now wait for the winner of the late-night game, Washington or Oregon. That game will be Saturday at 3 p.m.
This means a lot,'' Arizona Coach Sean Miller said. We came here trying to separate out regular-season championship and to pursue the conference tournament championship. These guys all realize the you lose, you go home.''
What provided extra motivation for the Wildcats was their last trip to Los Angeles. They were swept by both USC (65-57) and UCLA (71-49).
I thought our last experience when we came to Los Angeles, losing to both USC and UCLA, we came here this week trying to get better,'' Miller said. That's why I think this was the best win of the season.'READ MORE»