Arizona lost to Buffalo late Thursday night, bringing the Wildcats’ season to a close way ahead of schedule.
This game was easily Thursday’s biggest upset, easily topping No. 11-seed Loyola Chicago’s win over No. 6-seed Miami. Arizona was a Final Four team in 18 percent of brackets on ESPN’s bracket challenge, and now it’s a team that is headed home after only one game in March Madness.
And it wasn’t even close.
Buffalo, the No. 13 seed in the South Region, cruised to an easy win with almost no resistance. Arizona shot below 15 percent on 3-pointers, and Buffalo ran away with the game in the second half. Buffalo held a 40-38 lead at halftime, which seemed not that weird. Arizona even took a lead. But Buffalo kept its scoring up around the 12-minute mark and Arizona didn’t. Buffalo extended its lead to the 89-68 final score
For Arizona, it was an uneventful end to a wild season. The Wildcats were in the midst of a scandal that saw an ESPN report allege the FBI had a recording of Arizona head coach Sean Miller allegedly discussing paying $100,000 to Arizona freshman big man DeAndre Ayton, then saw a defiant Miller say the report was inaccurate.