Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats knew that a weekend sweep of Utah and Colorado would go a long way in their goal of making it to the NCAA tournament. Despite great rebounding, improvement on turnovers and a strong performance by forward Jesse Perry, the Cats came one basket short from completing the sweep. In the end, it was poor shooting from beyond the arc (3 for 20) that cost Arizona the win against Colorado.
“We’re getting better in certain areas, but we don’t have a lot of room for error,” said Coach Miller after the loss.
Miller was spot on with his comment. The Cats out-rebounded the Buffalos 44-35 and took better care of the ball than in the past. Their improved performance was not good enough though. The game came down to the last possession and the Cats were down one with a chance to win. A poor final possession came down to the one error that was holding them back all game, 3-point shooting. As time winded down, no one wanted to take the shot and it came down to a 3-point heave by Kevin Parrom at the buzzer that didn’t even hit rim. The cats dropped a huge opportunity losing 63-64 in Boulder.
On Thursday night, the cats beat a much weaker Utah team, 77-51. I have to give my Stamp of Approval to the referees for this game. This was a very competitive game…until the Refs decided to eject the cats leading scorer, Solomon Hill, midway through the second half. This ignited a fire in the rest of the team as they ripped off a huge scoring run and never looked back.
My Stamp of Approval for the weekend in general goes to Jesse Perry. He is starting to take control and dominate on both ends of the court. He ended the Rocky Mountain road trip with 26 points and 20 rebounds. It looks like he is starting to have is way with the bigger slower inside guys that are trying to guard him.
The cats have the Washington schools heading to Tucson for a crucial home stand this week. Students and fans should be pumped as ESPN GameDay will be on hand for the Washington game on Saturday. Last year, in the annual “white-out” game, Derrick Williams blocked the huskies final shot attempt and won the game. With Williams now in the NBA, who will step up in this game? I predict Josiah Turner has a big game and gets one step closer to being the player is was recruited to be!
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