This is how it sounds when Stanford loses the No. 1 ranking.
A small band of fans in a corner of Maples Pavilion shout "U! of! A!" during a timeout with 30 seconds remaining and "Over-rated!" during another with 23 left.
With 22 seconds left, Stanford's Sixth Man Club waits for Arizona's Gilbert Arenas to take his his seat on the bench after fouling out. But the freshman is too savvy for the student section. He simply stands until the game ended, denying them even the satisfaction of a robust "Sit down!"
Another Arizona freshman, point guard Jason Gardner (22 points), asks the same students to stop jumping up and down on the Maples floor as he steps to the free throw line with three seconds left and the Wildcats holding a 66-65 lead. They are forced to comply, and Gardner makes both of the crucial shots.
These were the quieting sounds of a 68-65 loss to the fifth-ranked Wildcats that certainly will end the Cardinal's three-week reign atop college basketball. Afterward, a sellout crowd of 7,391 merely shuffled home, as the band played on.
"We were going to lose at some point," Stanford Coach Mike Montgomery said.
Anywhere else, pandemonium would have ensued.
Some players thought this was worse.
"From now on, it means we're going to have to play catch-up," Stanford guard David Moseley said. "Right now, they have a leg up in the [Pacific 10] conference race. We're trying to win the conference, and this was very detrimental to our cause."
Arizona Coach Lute Olson got his 600th career victory.
"The 500th is an easy one to remember--[Miles] Simon's 60-footer to beat Cincinnati," said Olson, 64. "The 600th against No. 1 Stanford is not one I'll forget, no matter how many senior moments I may have."
The Wildcats (13-2, 2-0) beat the Cardinal at its own game, denying high-percentage shots inside or out. Power forward Mark Madsen, making his first start since being forced to miss eight games because of a hamstring injury, scored just two points, on a dunk, and missed six shots. Casey Jacobsen, the Cardinal's leading scorer, attempted six three-pointers, missing them all.
Arizona had problems of its own. Just three minutes into the game, small forward Richard Jefferson was lost to a broken bone in his right foot.