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By BETH HARRIS
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 10:22 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One of the last times Derrick Williams came home to play basketball, things didn't go well for Arizona.

The Wildcats arrived in Los Angeles with a two-game lead in the Pac-10 standings and got swept by Southern California and UCLA. Williams scored a season-low eight points against the Trojans before rebounding with 15 points against the Bruins.

Now, the sophomore from La Mirada is close to home again, this time for the biggest game of his college career.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (29-7) play the top-seeded Blue Devils (32-4) in the NCAA West Regional on Thursday at Honda Center.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The last time Derrick Williams came home to play basketball, things didn't go well for Arizona.

The Wildcats arrived in Los Angeles with a two-game lead in the Pac-10 standings and got swept by Southern California and UCLA. Williams scored a season-low eight points against the Trojans before rebounding with 15 points against the Bruins.

The Wildcats hung on in their final two games to win the league's regular season title and Williams was named Pac-10 player of the year.

Now, the sophomore from La Mirada is close to home again, this time for the biggest game of his college career.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (29-7) play the top-seeded Blue Devils (32-4) in the NCAA West Regional on Thursday at Honda Center.

Williams was besieged with ticket requests, although he'll only be able to satisfy his family.

"Not that many people have that much money to spend on a 40-minute game, but a lot of people will be at a pizza place, someplace that has a lot of TVs, gather around and watch the games right there," he said.


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