Final: Arizona wins, 87-70. They climb to 2-2 in the Pac-10, and UW falls to 1-3.
After the game, coach Lorenzo Romar admits he didn't see it coming.
"Not to where we’ve lost three consecutive games by double-digits," he said. "I didn’t see that coming. I knew we still had a ways to go, but I didn’t know that it would happen this way. We need to settle down, get regrouped and get prepared for this next homestand."
Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points -- all in the second half -- to lead UW. Jamelle Horne led Arizona with 22. Despite the boos, Abdul Gaddy had a career-high 13.
Romar said the team has to go back to the drawing board in practice this week to solve the twin-trends of poor rebounding and slow starts. He also said he needs to make sure Quincy Pondexter gets more than one shot in the first half.
More encouragingly, Romar said he though Abdul Gaddy had the kind of game that might indicate the light is turning on for him. And Gaddy himself said the crowds boos focused him in a way he needs to be able to duplicate in coming games. Romar also said he liked the way Elston Turner's offense has come along on this trip.
Down the stretch: That Huskies rally was short-lived. UW got to within two points. But Arizona answered big-time and now leads 70-52 as we have ticked down below the seven-minute mark.
Early second half: UW has scored the first eight points of the second half -- all from either Thomas or Pondexter -- and the Huskies have pulled to within two: 37-35. That's amazing, considering those first 20 minutes.
Halftime: Arizona leads, 37-27. But the Huskies might be happy to be anywhere near in this game considering neither Isaiah Thomas nor Quincy Pondexter have scored on a combined 0-for-4 shooting.
Helping out considerably has been Elston Turner, who leads UW with 11 points, including 11 of UW's first 14 points while nailing three 3-pointers and a 2-pointer just on the line. No other Husky has more than four points, although Scott Suggs also hit a three.
Romar went to Clarence Trent early, apparently looking for energy. But clearly the Huskies top two scorers have to start scoring if the Huskies are going to come back in this one against the Pac-10's worst scoring-defensive team.
UW is shooting 33 percent from the field and once again is being outrebounded, 20-14.
Jamelle Horne leads Arizona with 12 points on four 3's.
Early: Arizona jumped to an 8-0 lead. And the booing has increased each time Gaddy touches the ball. It seems like A.) word has been spread through the crowd to those who didn't know the Gaddy story, and B.) the crowd is feeling a little better after the Wildcats' fast start.
Also, UW getting into early foul trouble: five team fouls in the first six minutes.
Tip off: Big difference between starting 2-2 in conference and starting 1-3. And that's what's at stake for both teams today.
Lineup: As expected, Huskies going with same lineup that started two nights ago in the loss at ASU: Thomas, Gaddy, Pondexter, Gant and Breshers.
Gaddy received mild boos from a very small crowd here today -- partly because school isn't yet in session, partly because this is a down year for the Wildcats, and partly because of the Packers-Cardinals NFL game.
Elsewhere:Cougars went down hard today in Tempe, raising perhaps the possibility that the Sun Devils are better than expected and maybe therefore UW's loss their on Friday not quite as bad as it looked.
We'll obviously know more after the UW-UA game. (And the other game today is Oregon-Oregon State, which also looks very different than it might have just a week or so ago.) Here's today's Pac-10 scoreboard.
Pregame: Lots of Huskies and a few Wildcats are on the court at McKale Center, UW in gold, UA in white.
Game tips at 2:30 and will be shown on FSN.
That timing is inconvenient for a lot of the fans down here, conflicting with the Packers-Cardinals NFL playoff game.
Normal gameday blogging planned here: Pregame news, lineups (no changes expected for UW), in-game updates and postgame notes and quotes.