The Arizona Wildcats saw their NCAA title dreams blow up thanks to some Bulls in Boise on Thursday night, and NBA players associated with the Arizona program were less than thrilled about the bracket-busting upset.
No. 13 Buffalo dropped a beating on No. 3 Arizona, controlling Deande Ayton and Sean Miller’s PAC-12 champion squad in a game that really never looked close. It was an unceremonious crashing and burning for an Arizona team that had high hopes this spring and is facing an uncertain future, but it was all over on Thursday night as Buffalo went 15 of 30 from behind the arc and blew a 9-point favorite out.
The result was a lot of busted brackets and quite a few unhappy Arizona alumnus in the NBA. Former Arizona player Nick Johnson was not happy with the defensive effort from the Wildcats, who couldn’t defend the Bulls on the perimeter as they lit it up from three.
Andre Iguodala was not pleased as well.
As the game improbably slipped away for Arizona and the Bulls kept pouring it on, Iguodala called it a night and perhaps a tournament.
There’s a bit of a cryptic conversation happening here with David West, who went to Xavier where Sean Miller once coached. It’s impossible to know for sure, but it’s clear both of them are very frustrated with the state of the Miller’s Wildcats.
Other NBA players that are ex-Wildcats were simply expecting more from Arizona on Thursday night.
There were some NBA players who found themselves enjoying Buffalo’s on Thursday night, but the Arizona crowd was more vocal.
The Bulls might be able to spoil even more NBA players’ nights on Saturday because their next opponent is Kentucky.