In early November of last season Arizona held a closed scrimmage against Utah, and the Utes played without starting center Jason Washburn and starting power forward Jay Watkins.
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No matter how important a balanced scoring attack may be, every team needs that one player to step up and make a play in crunch time. With the game on the line or the shot clock winding down, that go-to guy puts the team on his back.
While Kaleb Tarczewski is in the limelight after committing to the Wildcats on Monday, it’s forward Brandon Ashley that stands to be UA’s top player from its heralded 2012 class.
With 5:17 left in Arizona’s 60-51 win against Humboldt State on Tuesday, UA was holding on to a five-point lead and 22 seconds on the shot clock, freshman center Sidiki Johnson jacked up a three-pointer from the top of the key.
By now, most of the Arizona faithful and college basketball fanatics know of the Wildcats’ heralded 2012 recruiting class. Forward Grant Jerrett paved the way as the first signee and guard Gabe York and forward Brandon Ashley followed, making the 2012 class the best in the country, according to ESPN.
Center Kaleb Tarczewski was Kansas’ No. 1 target for the better part of the last two years. “Kansas invested so much time in Kaleb,” explained ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep.
Kish kept his fun attitude going at his Monday presser as he prefaced his opening statement by saying, “I picked an outfit for every one of you for Halloween. I have some suggestions for you.”
Arizona head coach Tim Kish’s Monday press conference was full of everything from injury talk to defensive rotations . Here are the highlights — and lowlights.
It’s standard protocol for head coaches to disregard preseason polls and rankings. Former UA football coach Mike Stoops did exactly that at Pac-12 football Media Day as he joked about the Wildcats being picked fourth in the Pac-12 South.
Turnovers. Mental mistakes. Missed free throws. Late defensive rotations. Lack of toughness on the glass. No interior presence in the paint. No go-to guy to take clutch shots.
Washington running back Chris Polk poses a threat to Arizona’s defense that has struggled against the run
On paper, the 2011 Wildcats are easy to read.
After jumping out to a 13-11 lead with 13:39 left in the first half, the Arizona basketball team only led twice the rest of the game and fell to Division II opponent Seattle Pacific University 69-68 in UA’s first exhibition defeat since the 1983-84 season.
After 20 minutes of play, Seattle Pacific University leads Arizona 37-29 in McKale Center.
Cortez Johnson arrived in Tucson as a touted, physical cornerback with a world of potential.
It’s not St. John’s in Madison Square Garden or Florida in Gainesville, but the Wildcats’ exhibition game against Seattle Pacific tonight in McKale Center still holds importance.
Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry and Solomon Hill will start for the Wildcats Thursday against Seattle Pacific and, barring injury or demotion, for the entire 2011-12 season.
UA head coach Tim Kish and QB coach Frank Scelfo talk about the UCLA brawl and UA streaker.
Most collegiate coaches would have given a politically correct comment regarding Thursday night’s streaker and referee impersonator Jace Michael Lankow.
Arizona’s once-anemic defense made huge strides last Thursday by holding UCLA to 12 points. But the Wildcats will have to build on that momentum Saturday without four key defensive backs against one of the conference’s emerging quarterbacks in Washington’s Keith Price.