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ARIZONA RIPS CAL BUT STILL TRAILS IN PAC-10

The Arizona Wildcats may come up short in the Pac-10 this season, but they have their sights set a little higher.

And the Wildcats demonstrated Thursday night why those sights are perhaps not set too high.The fourth-ranked Wildcats hit eight of their first nine shots and exploded during the final 10 minutes of the first half to run over California, 100-77.

Despite its win, Arizona remained a game behind both USC and UCLA in the Pac-10 race. Sixth-ranked UCLA scored the first six points of the second half to open a 10-point advantage and held on to down Washington State, 89-85. No. 10 USC used a key 15-4 run in the second period to whip the Washington Huskies, 75-63.

Those results left USC and UCLA with 13-2 league records while the Wildcats are 12-3. But when it comes to the NCAA tournament, few teams in the country will want to deal with the Wildcats.

Arizona's win highlighted a relatively light night of action involving Top 25 teams.

Other than the contests involving UCLA and USC, the only other Top 25 team in action was No. 12 Michigan State, which put on a surge early in the second half to dispose of Northwestern,72-55.