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Arizona vs. San Diego State: Wildcats overcome sloppy play to win Diamond Head Classic

It wasn't pretty, but Arizona did just enough to stay undefeated on Tuesday.

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The Arizona Wildcats survived a frantic finish to beat the San Diego State Aztecs, 68-67, in the championship game of the 2012 Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday. The Wildcats struggled to get their offense going early against an excellent Aztecs defense, finishing just 37 percent from the field, but were still able to pull out a victory with some key plays at the end.

Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona blog Arizona Desert Swarm is happy with the strength of the Wildcats' non-conference slate, and wonders what it will take for them to finally drop a game:

And so the Wildcats moved to 12-0 on the year, their new No. 3 ranking looking quite legitimate with a resume appearing stronger by the day. After the Diamond Head Classic this week, it's a wonder how badly it'll have to go for Arizona to finally lose.

The undefeated start is the best for the program since the 1987-1988 season, and now includes victories over likely NCAA Tournament teams Miami and San Diego State, as well as Final Four-contender Florida. The Wildcats now get a well-deserved eight-day break, as they don't get back to the hardwood until the Pac-12 opener against the Colorado in the McKale Center on Jan. 3.