Video: UCLA's Jordan Adams hits 'money' three to win Pac-12 Tournament
LAS VEGAS – Jordam Adams had been here before.
The Arizona Wildcats had a three-point lead on Adams and the UCLA Bruins on Jan. 9, so with a minute to play, UCLA coach Steve Alford drew up the “money” play. The goal was to set Adams up for a three-point look, and everything went as planned. Adams got his open look, but he didn't get the bottom of the net.
“I missed that shot in and out, and that shot haunted me,” Adams said. “I always told myself if I got another chance, I would knock it down.”
Arizona pulled away to win 79-75, and with the Bruins not getting another regular season look at the Wildcats, only a Pac-12 Tournament meeting would give them another chance to drop the Pac-12 rival.
Fast-forward to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on Saturday, when the Bruins again found themselves in a grappling match with the Wildcats. The game was tied at 68, and with 52 seconds left, Alford wanted to have two opportunities to score – so UCLA wanted to go fast.
“It came down to trusting them,” Alford said. “Fifty-two seconds (left), going into the timeout and we're laughing. I come into the huddle and I said, 'How about money?' And these guys are cheering and jumping around. So when you have a team that excited to run something, you're crazy as a coach not to at least try it.”
Alford picked the right play and the right player. This time, Adams delivered a bullet to Arizona's chest despite falling down after being heavily contested by Arizona's Nick Johnson.
So, was it a foul?
“I was just concentrating so hard on the rim,” he said, “I wasn't even worried about anybody else.”