Up late, watching UAB-Arizona, and I don't know if I've ever seen a dumber ending.
Did you watch?
If not, here's the deal: After Arizona battled back from a double-digit deficit to tie the game, Kyle Fogg inexplicably (and intentionally) fouled UAB's Aaron Johnson and sent him to the line for a one-and-one because he presumably thought Arizona was behind despite the game being tied . It was a stupid, sure, but it worked out because Johnson missed the front end and Arizona actually got the ball back with the score still tied. So the clock ticked away and Nic Wise took a jumper that was perfectly timed. If it swished, Arizona would win. If not, all UAB could do was rebound and launch a halfcourt shot that would almost certainly do something besides go through the rim. So when Wise missed and the ball was rebounded by Paul Delaney it appeared the game was headed to overtime, but then Jamelle Horne did something that was both bizarre and sad.
What did Horne do?
He literally chased Delaney as fast as he could, lunged and intentionally fouled him 55 feet from the basket as if Arizona was behind and needed to stop the clock. Problem is, Arizona was not behind. The freaking game was still tied! So Delaney went to the line with 0.8 second left and made the first of two free throws to give UAB a 72-71 win.
It was unreal.
So to summarize, Arizona intentionally fouled UAB twice in the final 27 seconds despite the game being tied, which led to a loss that cost the Wildcats a trip to next week's semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off. It gets dumber and dumber the more I think about it, and if you're into message boards -- and honestly, who isn't? -- I'd encourage you to head over to GoAzCats.com, where a thread about the insanity was started seconds after the final horn.
Here's the link.
But don't laugh.
Because it really was painful to watch.