So after a relatively calm afternoon period, Thursday night produced our first major upset of the 2018 NCAA Tournament as Buffalo absolutely thrashed Arizona, 89-68.
The Wildcats arguably had the most talented player in the tournament in DeAndre Ayton. And many were picking the Wildcats to be a trendy Final Four team and even possible national champion. But all that has gone up in flames after one of the more embarrassing first round performances from a high seed in recent memory.
Give Buffalo a lot of credit for just pummeling Arizona, but the major story is just poor Arizona looked after a strong finish to the season. This all comes after Arizona was one of the many names by the FBI. The Wildcats had to fire an assistant because of ties to the investigation.
There was also the fact that Sean Miller sat out a game after an ESPN report stated that Miller discussed a $100,000 payment for Ayton’s services. That report has been heavily denied but is still not a good look for the school.
And all this comes after Arizona was consider a top-5 team in the country at the beginning of the season. Naturally Twitter had a number of jokes to make at the end of the game.
Hello darkness my old friend pic.twitter.com/TPCf9575Vk
— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) March 16, 2018
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 16, 2018
Arizona fans looking for Deandre Ayton like pic.twitter.com/jenOlRw9ez
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 16, 2018
The Buffalo bench is just straight-up trash-talking Arizona like crazy now. It’s quite a scene.
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) March 16, 2018
*checks Arizona score* pic.twitter.com/50w3j2eG4t
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2018
Live look at Arizona fans trying to figure out if they should still keep defending Sean Miller pic.twitter.com/KgeM9JObbd
— One Shining Podcast (@oneshiningpod) March 16, 2018
Buffalo will now face Kentucky. But given how this game turned out, the Wildcats probably wish that they could’ve seen this Arizona team. The loss by the Wildcats also means that the PAC-12, as a conference, did not win a game in the NCAA Tournament this year.
So way to go Arizona. It figures to be a really, really long off-season for the Wildcats and Miller.
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