One more made shot (Arizona was 23-52. Ohio State was 22-52). One more offensive rebound (the Cats had 7, the Buckeyes had 8). One less turnover or one more caused (10 to 8). One less bad call (don’t get me started). One more three pointer (Arizona had 6. Ohio: 7). One less failure to switch off of the screen.
It was that close, and sometimes, that’s just the way it goes. Had Arizona played Ohio State ten times, The Wildcats would have won five of them. Last night, however, Arizona called heads and the coin landed on tails. Such is the luck and the Madness of March.
In a lot of ways, last night’s game reflected the entire season of Arizona basketball: a strong start, a frenzied finish with the involvement of Mark Lyons pulling off another crucial shot in the final ticks, and a lackadaisical in-between.
In games against Florida and San Diego State, the ball fell in our favor. Last night, it did not. Arizona was 14-1 against non-conference opponents this year, and Ohio State is a great, great team–they could very well win the whole thing, and I hope they do.
I will take it.
Am I upset? Of course. the Wildcats had an opportunity to reach the Final Four in just four years under Coach Miller. Am I worried? Absolutely not–the Wildcast have had the opportunity to reach the Final Four twice in just four years under Coach Miller. Both times, they have been literally one or two plays short of reaching that accomplishment.
With time, they will make that play.