[ {"id":"969ffffc-bb56-11e6-80ec-f718de4b738b","type":"link","starttime":"1480989120","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T18:52:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480990169","priority":44,"sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"},{"pascoe":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Scouting report - No. 20 Arizona Wildcats vs. UC Irvine Anteaters","permalink":"http://tucson.com/scouting-report---no-arizona-wildcats-vs-uc-irvine/collection_53f50004-bb50-11e6-ab33-9b0dcb7eee69.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/scouting-report---no-arizona-wildcats-vs-uc-irvine/collection_53f50004-bb50-11e6-ab33-9b0dcb7eee69.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"How Wildcats match up with Anteaters heading into Tuesday's game at McKale Center.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#topstory","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"c4b323d8-bb56-11e6-a132-371aff9c6e90","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/4b/c4b323d8-bb56-11e6-a132-371aff9c6e90/58461a3693699.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/4b/c4b323d8-bb56-11e6-a132-371aff9c6e90/58461a3693699.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/4b/c4b323d8-bb56-11e6-a132-371aff9c6e90/58461a3693699.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/4b/c4b323d8-bb56-11e6-a132-371aff9c6e90/58461a3693699.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"url":"http://tucson.com/scouting-report---no-arizona-wildcats-vs-uc-irvine/collection_53f50004-bb50-11e6-ab33-9b0dcb7eee69.html"}, {"id":"c4b3df26-2697-5be3-b69d-11f5919c7939","type":"article","starttime":"1480985100","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T17:45:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480986176","sections":[{"sports":"sports"},{"local":"sports/local"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Pima's Dylan Hidalgo enjoying climb up coaching ladder","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/article_c4b3df26-2697-5be3-b69d-11f5919c7939.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/pima-s-dylan-hidalgo-enjoying-climb-up-coaching-ladder/article_c4b3df26-2697-5be3-b69d-11f5919c7939.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/pima-s-dylan-hidalgo-enjoying-climb-up-coaching-ladder/article_c4b3df26-2697-5be3-b69d-11f5919c7939.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":2,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Jon Gold Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Former Rincon/University standout serving as assistant to coach Brian Peabody.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{"label":"pima"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7","description":"Dylan Hidalgo","byline":"","hireswidth":1000,"hiresheight":1500,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/20/120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7/5845fb4d53e30.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"413","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/20/120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7/5845fb4d0078f.image.jpg?resize=413%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/20/120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7/5845fb4d0078f.image.jpg?crop=1000%2C562%2C0%2C218&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/20/120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7/5845fb4d0078f.image.jpg?crop=1000%2C562%2C0%2C218&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/20/120134c1-e7d7-5c34-b7c1-992285bc9ba7/5845fb4d0078f.image.jpg?crop=1000%2C562%2C0%2C218"}}},{"id":"719c06b6-438f-56c5-baf9-811e0d739094","description":"25 HS BBASK Bue-p5 dk : Rincon/University High School\u2019s Dylan Hidalgo (DYLAN HIDALGO), center, shoots with Sierra Vista Buena High School\u2019s Kyani Dillard (KYANI DILLARD), below, defending in the second quarter on November 24, 2009 in Tucson, Ariz. Rincon won 63-56. Photo by Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily Star *NO MAGS/NO SALES/MANDATORY CREDIT* Ref # 147453","byline":"Dean Knuth","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"418","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/19/719c06b6-438f-56c5-baf9-811e0d739094/5845fb4d76615.image.jpg?resize=418%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"148","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/19/719c06b6-438f-56c5-baf9-811e0d739094/5845fb4d76615.image.jpg?resize=100%2C148"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"445","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/19/719c06b6-438f-56c5-baf9-811e0d739094/5845fb4d76615.image.jpg?resize=300%2C445"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1520","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/19/719c06b6-438f-56c5-baf9-811e0d739094/5845fb4d76615.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"c4b3df26-2697-5be3-b69d-11f5919c7939","body":"

So many would-be basketball coaches start on the bottom rungs of the ladder, a junior-varsity gig here, a varsity assistant position there.

Rarely does a player have the luxury, or the blessing, as it is sometimes described, to start in the college game. The glitz, the glamour, the glory, even at the junior college level, is far greater than the bottom of the totem pole.

Or, at least, that\u2019s what Dylan Hidalgo thought.

Now he and Brian Peabody just laugh.

It\u2019s only been a handful of months, but Peabody, the Pima College men\u2019s basketball head coach who hired his prot\u00e9g\u00e9 and former AAU player straight out of a four-year run as a guard for Kansas Wesleyan, can definitely say \u2018I told you so.\u2019

\u201cThe first week I was here, I don\u2019t think I did anything basketball-wise,\u201d said Hidalgo, who starred for Rincon-University High and averaged 15 points as a senior in 2011-12. \u201cI had to gather academic info, transcripts, test scores, get kids enrolled. I said coach, when do I get to coach?\u201d

Before he got the gig, Peabody tried to tell him.

\u201cThe job is about five percent coaching, 95 percent other stuff,\u201d he said, but Hidalgo had visions of backdoor cuts and trap defenses dancing through his mind.

Peabody guffaws.

\u201cIf people could just see what we do,\u201d the fourth-year Pima coach said. \u201cGame day, I\u2019m going to Costco to get supplies for the snack bar, in a coat and tie carrying a bucket of cheese. That\u2019s juco basketball. Everyone looks at Arizona and thinks that\u2019s college hoops, and there are maybe five UAs in the country.\u201d

So, yes, while starting a coaching career at the junior college level is a coup, it\u2019s not exactly an easy life.

Not that Hidalgo knows anything about that.

\u201823 going on 43\u2019

Hidalgo grew up on the East side of town, didn\u2019t have much money. Had some family issues. From the concrete grew a rose, you know the story.

It\u2019s a story Peabody knows well.

\u201cThat\u2019s the story of my life \u2014 single-parent home, and having coached for 23 years, the kids I relate to are from single parents,\u201d he said. \u201cOn-and-on through my coaching career, the better ones have some type of adversity where they just want to be in the gym. That was his home.\u201d

That he finds himself back in a gym is a little bit of a surprise for Hidalgo.

Throughout high school, even as a team leader, he didn\u2019t want to coach. At least not basketball. Didn\u2019t have the patience for it, he says. When he got the offer from Kansas Wesleyan, an enormous relief to a player who didn\u2019t think he\u2019d have the financial ability to attend college, he intended on being a strength-and-conditioning coach.

His junior year for the Coyotes, Hidalgo was named captain, and the leadership role, he says, \u201chelped me decide coaching is for me.\u201d

\u201cI just started realizing that there were all these coaches who put all this time and effort into me,\u201d he says, \u201cand I just think that\u2019s really cool. I wanted to do something that impacts people. I didn\u2019t want to work in a job where I wasn\u2019t bettering someone.\u201d

Hidalgo considers Peabody one of those coaches.

While he played for Rich Utter and the Rangers during the high school season and remains appreciative of Utter\u2019s role in his development, Hidalgo played for Peabody\u2019s Tucson Heat AAU squad for five years. There, he developed a mentor-mentee relationship that eventually resulted in a de facto apprenticeship when Hidalgo returned home from college during the offseason.

Hidalgo worked for Peabody at clinics and camps, and Peabody started to see a little of the player in himself. And even more, he saw what Hidalgo offered that he lacked.

\u201cFirst and foremost, he\u2019s way beyond his years,\u201d Peabody said. \u201cHe\u2019s 23 going on 43. He\u2019s way more mature than I am. I\u2019m definitely the baby of the staff. He\u2019s basically the head coach his first year here.\u201d

If only he didn\u2019t have to do so much laundry.

Living the dream

\u201cWhat do you do all day?\u201d Hidalgo is often asked by those na\u00efve enough to compare the ACCAC to the Pac-12. \u201cYou\u2019re there 10 hours a day, six days a week.\u201d

Hidalgo just shakes his head.

\u201cThere are so many little tasks,\u201d Hidalgo he says, and he lists them off, everything from the aforementioned jersey-cleaning to rides to doctor\u2019s appointment, grade checks, scouting, film, practice, the list goes on.

If he\u2019s learned anything in the half-year he\u2019s been at Pima, it\u2019s this:

\u201cI\u2019ve always respected my coaches, but, man, the time coaches put into it, the things they have ready for you. There\u2019s someone behind every phone call, every film breakdown, every practice plan. I took for granted how much time they put into it. I also took for granted how rewarding it is when a player plays hard.

\u201cJust play your butts off. If they don\u2019t play hard, our day is no fun. It\u2019s a wasted practice. They play hard, the day is worth it.\u201d

Who\u2019s Hidalgo kidding?

The whole thing is worth it.

\u201cTo start off as a college coach out of college, I think that\u2019s a tremendous accomplishment,\u201d he said. \u201cI want to go to the next step eventually, but I\u2019ve always taken pride in the steps. I\u2019m all about the path. To have this opportunity, I don\u2019t take it for granted. This is a blessing.\u201d

More than that, Hidalgo said, \u201cit\u2019s a dream.\u201d

In a July 2014 column, Hidalgo talked about returning to Pima to coach after college, and here he is, living it in real life.

\u201cI worked some of (Peabody\u2019s) camps, worked some of his practices, and I just liked it. I like Tucson. I like the kids here. I think we\u2019re overlooked a lot of the time. It\u2019s not like we have a lot of prodigies, but I like the stories that come out of here.\u201d

Especially his own.

"}, {"id":"87b359cf-511e-5a0c-8efb-44841706659f","type":"article","starttime":"1480983000","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T17:10:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480988349","priority":45,"sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Allonzo Trier can travel with Arizona Wildcats, still can't play","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/article_87b359cf-511e-5a0c-8efb-44841706659f.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/allonzo-trier-can-travel-with-arizona-wildcats-still-can-t/article_87b359cf-511e-5a0c-8efb-44841706659f.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/allonzo-trier-can-travel-with-arizona-wildcats-still-can-t/article_87b359cf-511e-5a0c-8efb-44841706659f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Bruce Pascoe\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"\"The only good sign is when he walks out there and plays,\" says head coach Sean Miller.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#topstory","#latest","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{"label":"basketball"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1","description":"Allonzo Trier, left, with Kadeem Allen, has missed all eight of the UA\u2019s regular-season games.","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1267,"hiresheight":1635,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cb/9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1/5845f9e6e3d9a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"480","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cb/9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1/5845f9e6e2201.image.jpg?resize=480%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cb/9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1/5845f9e6e2201.image.jpg?crop=1267%2C712%2C0%2C67&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cb/9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1/5845f9e6e2201.image.jpg?crop=1267%2C712%2C0%2C67&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cb/9cb2b89d-a8cc-58b1-bd6d-734c902bb1a1/5845f9e6e2201.image.jpg?crop=1267%2C712%2C0%2C67&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"87b359cf-511e-5a0c-8efb-44841706659f","body":"

Allonzo Trier\u2019s elongated, opaque quest for eligibility may have made some progress last weekend when he traveled with the Wildcats to Los Angeles.

UA coach Sean Miller said Monday that the NCAA permitted Trier to travel for the game against Gonzaga, though he said the NCAA did not allow him to do so for road trips last month to Honolulu and Las Vegas.

However, when the Star asked if the change represented a good sign for the UA, Miller said it wasn\u2019t.

\u201cNo,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThe only good sign is when he walks out there and plays.\u201d

Normally, players ineligible under NCAA standards are unable to travel unless they pay their own way, but some situations are handled in a case-by-case manner. UA athletic director Greg Byrne also confirmed via text message Monday that Trier \u201cis able to travel,\u201d but did not respond when asked if something changed with Trier\u2019s situation between the Las Vegas and Los Angeles trips.

Arizona\u2019s top returning scorer, Trier has missed all eight of UA\u2019s regular-season games while appealing for NCAA eligibility. The UA has consistently declined to comment on his eligibility status since the issue surfaced in mid-October.

\u20182 months\u2019 possible for PJC

Parker Jackson-Cartwright\u2019s recovery timetable may be on the higher side of the typical 4-to-8 week window for high ankle sprains.

The UA initially declined to give a firm timetable after Jackson-Cartwright sprained his right ankle against Texas Southern on Nov. 30, saying more time was needed for a better determination, but Miller didn\u2019t appear optimistic when asked Monday if he knew more .

\u201cI don\u2019t know,\u201d Miller said. \u201cTwo months, I guess. Eight weeks.\u201d

Eight weeks would mean Jackson-Cartwright would miss seven Pac-12 games and not be back until the Wildcats host Washington State on Jan. 26 \u2013 after a potentially crucial road swing from Jan. 19-21 to play at USC and UCLA.

When asked if such a prognosis changes anything about how he\u2019ll prepare for Pac-12 play, Miller shook his head.

\u201cIt\u2019s like putting an ATM card in and if there\u2019s nothing in there. ... It\u2019s just \u2018here we go,\u2019\u201d Miller said. \u201cWe\u2019re gonna make the best of it and figure it out. We\u2019re making the best of it and we have a lot of players who came to Arizona to have big, big roles, and believe me, everyone of them does right now.\u201d

In Jackson-Cartwright\u2019s absence, Miller moved Kadeem Allen to point guard Saturday against Gonzaga, while freshman shooting guard Kobi Simmons has slid over to back him up.

Miller not concerned

about signee Ayton

Although 24/7 Sports recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer cast doubt Sunday on Twitter over whether top UA signee DeAndre Ayton would play for the Wildcats next season, Miller said he still fully expects him to do so.

Meyer tweeted Sunday that Ayton had a visa issue in his native Bahamas that kept him out of a basketball event last weekend, and when asked about Ayton\u2019s chances of playing in college, wrote, \u201cI have serious doubts.\u201d

In a phone conversation with the Star on Monday morning, Meyer elaborated.

\u201cI\u2019m just answering the question and stating the obvious,\u201d Meyer said. \u201cThe NCAA has investigated his school (Hillcrest Prep), and DeAndre Ayton would have great earning power overseas. So there\u2019s doubts. But in no way am I saying he won\u2019t play at Arizona.\u201d

The consensus No. 1-rated recruit in the high school class of 2017, Ayton signed with the UA last month, and Miller said then \u2014 and Monday \u2014 that he expects Ayton to play for him next season.

\u201cHe\u2019s fine, all set, doing well academically and trying to finish his senior year of high school,\u201d Miller said of Ayton. \u201cBeing able to finish his senior year in a positive way and have a great year, I\u2019ll have no doubts he\u2019ll do that. He\u2019s doing a great job in school, and we\u2019re excited to have him as part of what we\u2019re doing in the future.\u201d

Arizona lost its top recruit in 2016, guard Terrance Ferguson, when he signed a pro contract in Australia and an apparel deal last summer, though Ferguson spent two years at a high school from which the NCAA said it would not accept coursework.

Eye to eye

While UA center Dusan Ristic faced smaller post players through the the first seven games, he was forced to look straight at Gonzaga 7-footer Przemek Karnowski on Saturday.

And to do so by himself, since the UA mostly opted to single-cover Karnowski while staying fully committed to the Zags\u2019 three-point shooters. That strategy resulted in Gonzaga shooting only 33 percent from long range \u2014 but Karnowski getting 18 points inside on 9-for-13 shooting.

\u201cWe already knew he was a great passer and a lot of teams double-team him, but he can really throw a great pass to their shooters,\u201d Ristic said Monday. \u201cWe saw that as a threat to our defense and decided to play one-on-one. We stopped him in one area, but he hurt us inside. We learned something form that, and next time we face somebody like that we\u2019ll be more prepared.\u201d

Next time might be now. Tuesday\u2019s opponent, UC Irvine, features 7-foot-2 Greek center in Ioannis Dimakopoulos, though he has more of a face-up offensive game than Karnowski. Ristic has faced Dimakopoulos several times previously during European tournaments.

Partners in adversity

While Arizona has been without its top returning scorer in Trier and now its only true point guard in Jackson-Cartwright, UC Irvine has issues of its own.

The Anteaters lost five seniors off a team that tied for the Big West title last season, but also 7-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye, who left as a junior for the NBA but was not drafted. What\u2019s more, they have played without all-Big West guard Luke Nelson all season because of a hamstring injury.

\u201cWe\u2019ve just had to rely on other players,\u201d coach Russell Turner said. \u201cAt this stage, we\u2019re starting Max Hazzard who\u2019s a (redshirt) freshmen and the players off the bench are almost all freshmen.

\u201cWe\u2019re trying to do at our level what Arizona is trying to do at their level (without key players) \u2014 and they\u2019re doing it better.\u201d

Rim shots

\u2022 Arizona fell from No. 16 to No. 20 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, keeping a streak of 83 straight appearances.

\u2022 UCLA forward T.J. Leaf was named the Pac-12\u2019s Player of the Week after collecting 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the Bruins\u2019 97-92 upset win at Kentucky on Saturday.

"}, {"id":"89aee0da-bb8f-596f-a65d-08bc0b7283a8","type":"article","starttime":"1480980000","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T16:20:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480981740","priority":43,"sections":[{"football":"sports/arizonawildcats/football"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Assistant coach Dont\u00e9 Williams leaves Arizona Wildcats for Nebraska","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/article_89aee0da-bb8f-596f-a65d-08bc0b7283a8.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/assistant-coach-dont-williams-leaves-arizona-wildcats-for-nebraska/article_89aee0da-bb8f-596f-a65d-08bc0b7283a8.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/assistant-coach-dont-williams-leaves-arizona-wildcats-for-nebraska/article_89aee0da-bb8f-596f-a65d-08bc0b7283a8.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":3,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Dont\u00e9 Williams officially joined the Nebraska coaching staff Monday, leaving an opening at Arizona that Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez aims to fill as quickly as possible. Reports first surfaced Friday that Williams, who just completed his first season as Arizona\u2019s cornerbacks coach, was headed to the Midwest. Williams and his new employer tweeted the news Monday.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{"label":"football"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"75aa622e-eb80-5b06-9cbf-15c9947ba991","description":"Wildcats\u2019 cornerbacks coach Dont\u00e9 Williams, center, is heading to the Cornhuskers.","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"466","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/5a/75aa622e-eb80-5b06-9cbf-15c9947ba991/57bf5910a13fa.image.jpg?resize=620%2C466"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/5a/75aa622e-eb80-5b06-9cbf-15c9947ba991/56c630d950d5c.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/5a/75aa622e-eb80-5b06-9cbf-15c9947ba991/57bf5910a13fa.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C576%2C0%2C73&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/5a/75aa622e-eb80-5b06-9cbf-15c9947ba991/57bf5910a13fa.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C576%2C0%2C73&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":6,"commentID":"89aee0da-bb8f-596f-a65d-08bc0b7283a8","body":"

Dont\u00e9 Williams officially joined the Nebraska coaching staff Monday, leaving an opening at Arizona that Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez aims to fill as quickly as possible.

Reports first surfaced Friday that Williams, who just completed his first season as Arizona\u2019s cornerbacks coach, was headed to the Midwest. Williams and his new employer tweeted the news Monday.

Williams also expressed his gratitude to the UA in a message posted to his Twitter feed:

\u201cI\u2019m beyond thankful for the opportunity Rich Rodriguez and Greg Byrne gave me to join the University of Arizona and coach the game I love.

\u201cI can\u2019t even put into words how much I appreciated the way my guys went out on a daily bass competing and representing for the \u2018A.\u2019

\u201cHurt, tired, sore, it didn\u2019t matter!! They handled and took on every task that was given to them! A very special group of young men that will continue to develop and prosper no matter who (their) coach is because the best is yet to come for them!!\u201d

As soon as he realized Williams was leaving, Rodriguez began the process of finding a replacement. He has a couple of different options.

Rodriguez could hire a cornerbacks coach to slide into Williams\u2019 spot. Or Rodriguez could hire a linebackers coach. In that case, defensive coordinator Marcel Yates \u2014 who currently coaches linebackers \u2014 would shift to the secondary.

Regardless of which position he coaches, the new hire needs to be a strong recruiter, preferably with deep ties in Southern California. Rodriguez also might seek a coach with connections in Texas, a relatively untapped area for Arizona.

One recruit has de-committed from the UA since it became apparent that Williams would leave, and it\u2019s a big one. Four-star athlete Greg Johnson from Augustus Hawkins in Los Angeles announced Sunday that he was reopening his recruitment. Johnson was one of three four-star prospects in the Wildcats\u2019 class heading into this past weekend.

Ideally, Rodriguez will be able to hire a new coach in the next few days. A month-long recruiting \u201cdead period\u201d begins next Monday.

"}, {"id":"b19fc9bc-bb2f-11e6-b77d-f70726bbac7f","type":"article","starttime":"1480972920","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T14:22:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480981526","priority":40,"sections":[{"blog":"sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog"}],"application":"editorial","title":"It's official: CB coach Dont\u00e9 Williams leaves Arizona Wildcats to join Nebraska staff","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/article_b19fc9bc-bb2f-11e6-b77d-f70726bbac7f.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/it-s-official-cb-coach-dont-williams-leaves-arizona-wildcats/article_b19fc9bc-bb2f-11e6-b77d-f70726bbac7f.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/it-s-official-cb-coach-dont-williams-leaves-arizona-wildcats/article_b19fc9bc-bb2f-11e6-b77d-f70726bbac7f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":4,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"UA coach Rich Rodriguez already has begun the process of finding a replacement, preferably one with a strong recruiting r\u00e9sum\u00e9.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona wildcats football","rich rodriguez","donte williams"],"internalKeywords":["#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"06f9687e-412b-5075-a3a2-074e4ebc6733","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/6f/06f9687e-412b-5075-a3a2-074e4ebc6733/57128a8d82bdc.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/6f/06f9687e-412b-5075-a3a2-074e4ebc6733/57128a8d8ef34.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/6f/06f9687e-412b-5075-a3a2-074e4ebc6733/57128a8d82bdc.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/6f/06f9687e-412b-5075-a3a2-074e4ebc6733/57128a8d82bdc.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"b19fc9bc-bb2f-11e6-b77d-f70726bbac7f","body":"

Dont\u00e9 Williams officially joined the Nebraska coaching staff Monday, leaving an opening at Arizona that Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez aims to fill as quickly as possible.

Reports first surfaced Friday that Williams, who just completed his first season as Arizona\u2019s cornerbacks coach, was headed to the Midwest. Williams and his new employer tweeted the news Monday.

Welcome to the family @CoachD_GBR!

\ud83d\udd34\ud83c\udf3d\u270a #GBR pic.twitter.com/Dm57yyVr4B

\u2014 Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) December 5, 2016

Williams also expressed his gratitude to the UA in a message posted to his Twitter feed:

\u201cI\u2019m beyond thankful for the opportunity Rich Rodriguez and Greg Byrne gave me to join the University of Arizona and coach the game I love.

\u201cI can\u2019t even put into words how much I appreciated the way my guys went out on a daily bass competing and representing for the \u2018A.\u2019

\u201cHurt, tired, sore, it didn\u2019t matter!! They handled and took on every task that was given to them! A very special group of young men that will continue to develop and prosper no matter who (their) coach is because the best is yet to come for them!!\u201d

As soon as he realized Williams was leaving, Rodriguez began the process of finding a replacement. He has a couple of different options.

Rodriguez could hire a cornerbacks coach to slide into Williams\u2019 spot. Or Rodriguez could hire a linebackers coach, in which case defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who currently coaches linebackers, would shift to the secondary.

Regardless of which position he coaches, the new hire needs to be a strong recruiter, preferably with deep ties in Southern California. Rodriguez also might seek a coach with connections in Texas, a relatively untapped area for Arizona.

One recruit has de-committed from the UA since it became apparent that Williams would leave, and it\u2019s a big one. Four-star athlete Greg Johnson from Augustus Hawkins in Los Angeles announced Sunday that he was reopening his recruitment. Johnson was one of three four-star prospects in the Wildcats\u2019 class heading into this past weekend.

Ideally, Rodriguez will be able to hire a new coach in the next few days. A month-long recruiting \u201cdead period\u201d begins next Monday.

"}, {"id":"6203d550-bb26-11e6-92f7-879b52a16e9e","type":"article","starttime":"1480968420","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T13:07:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480972954","priority":45,"sections":[{"pascoe":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe"},{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"NCAA now permitting Arizona Wildcats standout Allonzo Trier to travel","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/article_6203d550-bb26-11e6-92f7-879b52a16e9e.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/ncaa-now-permitting-arizona-wildcats-standout-allonzo-trier-to-travel/article_6203d550-bb26-11e6-92f7-879b52a16e9e.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/ncaa-now-permitting-arizona-wildcats-standout-allonzo-trier-to-travel/article_6203d550-bb26-11e6-92f7-879b52a16e9e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":4,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Bruce Pascoe \nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Sean Miller says Parker Jackson-Cartwright will now be out about eight weeks.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona wildcats basketball","allonzo trier","sean miller","deandre ayton"],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10","description":"Allonzo Trier traveled with the Wildcats to the Staples Center on Saturday, but didn't play against Gonzaga.","byline":"Mike Christy Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"403","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?resize=403%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12"}}}],"revision":19,"commentID":"6203d550-bb26-11e6-92f7-879b52a16e9e","body":"

UA coach Sean Miller said today that Allonzo Trier traveled to Los Angeles last weekend because the NCAA permitted him to, although the NCAA had not allowed him to go to Honolulu or Las Vegas earlier this month.

I asked Miller if that was a good sign for the Wildcats.

\"No,\" he said. \"The only good sign is when he walks out there and plays.\"

Normally, players ineligible under NCAA standards are unable to travel unless they pay their own way but some situations are handled in a case-by-case manner (and it's pretty obvious that this case is unusual.)

UA athletic director Greg Byrne confirmed earlier today via that Trier \"is able to travel.\"


Maybe he was taking a worst-case scenario, but Miller said today he'd guess that Parker Jackson-Cartwright will be out eight weeks with his high ankle sprain.

High ankle sprains are typically estimated to take in the 4-8 week range, but can vary widely depending on the severity. UA's Salim Stoudamire missed about a month when he suffered one in 2002-03, though he wasn't at his best for about eight weeks.

I asked Miller if that estimate changed anything about how he'll prepare for Pac-12 Conference play ahead.

He shook his head and grinned.

\"It's like putting an ATM card in and if there\u2019s nothing in there... it's just 'here we go,' \" Miller said. \"We're gonna make the best of it and figure it out. We\u2019re making the best of it and we have a lot of players who came to Arizona to have big, big roles, and believe me, every one of them does right now.\"


Although UA signee DeAndre Ayton had a visa issue in his native Bahamas that kept him out of a basketball event last weekend, according to 24/7's Jerry Meyer, Miller said Ayton is \"fine.\"

One of the replies to Meyer's tweet asked Meyer what Ayton's chances of playing for the Wildcats were next season, and Meyer said \"I have serious doubts.\"

Asked about that exchange by telephone earlier today, Meyer said:

\"I\u2019m just answering the question and stating the obvious,\" Meyer said. \"The NCAA has investigated his school (Hillcrest Prep) and DeAndre Ayton would have great earning power overseas. So there's doubts. But in no way am I saying he won't play at Arizona.\"

Miller said, as he has before, that he fully expects Ayton to play for the Wildcats next season.

\"He\u2019s fine, all set, doing well academically and trying to finish his senior year of high school,\" Miller said of Ayton. \"When you're a talented high school player, an all American, your senior year is tricky. You think about what practice is like for those guys. If you\u2019re a Division I player and you walk in a gym for a high school practice, depending on your high school, you're the best. Sometimes you\u2019re not even challenged -- and somebody of his size as well.

\"So being able to finish his senior year in a positive way and have a great year, I\u2019ll have no doubts he\u2019ll do that. He's doing a great job in school and we\u2019re excited to have him as part of what we're doing in the future.\"

"}, {"id":"fa1fc002-baa8-11e6-abee-4b99ae0d8013","type":"article","starttime":"1480950300","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-05T08:05:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480972942","priority":40,"sections":[{"blog":"sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Recruiting: Arizona still after 4-star cornerbacks Thomas Graham, Jaylon Redd","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/article_fa1fc002-baa8-11e6-abee-4b99ae0d8013.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/recruiting-arizona-still-after--star-cornerbacks-thomas-graham-jaylon/article_fa1fc002-baa8-11e6-abee-4b99ae0d8013.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/recruiting-arizona-still-after--star-cornerbacks-thomas-graham-jaylon/article_fa1fc002-baa8-11e6-abee-4b99ae0d8013.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":3,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Zack Rosenblatt\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Arizona still considered a favorite for four-star Thomas Graham.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"b8b6615d-9bff-5516-81f1-77ae41853e34","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/8b/b8b6615d-9bff-5516-81f1-77ae41853e34/57607720566ce.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/8b/b8b6615d-9bff-5516-81f1-77ae41853e34/57128b0097abc.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/8b/b8b6615d-9bff-5516-81f1-77ae41853e34/57607720566ce.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/8b/b8b6615d-9bff-5516-81f1-77ae41853e34/57607720566ce.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"fa1fc002-baa8-11e6-abee-4b99ae0d8013","body":"

The Arizona Wildcats were dealt a blow on the recruiting front on Sunday night, but Arizona's coaches don't plan to let it linger.

Four-star athlete\u00a0Greg Johnson, verbally committed to Arizona since March,\u00a0announced he was re-opening his recruitment following the likely departure of cornerbacks coach\u00a0Donte Williams. Johnson, who was to play cornerback at Arizona, is expected to consider Nebraska or USC now.\u00a0

Arizona's coaches aren't panicking just yet. Williams was also the lead recruiter for four-star cornerback\u00a0Thomas Graham from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and even with Williams likely on the way out, Arizona isn't stopping its recruitment of Graham.

The Wildcats have long been considered the favorite for Graham's services, and to keep that relationship going in the right direction, defensive coordinator\u00a0Marcel Yates will be leading the charge and plans to visit Graham sometime this week.\u00a0

Graham plans to be a mid-year enrollee wherever he decided to commit, so an announcement is expected in the coming weeks. Notre Dame is likely Arizona's biggest rival for Graham, who took an official visit to Arizona late in the season. He was previously verbally committed to USC but backed out in April.\u00a0

Yates also plans to check in with four-star corner\u00a0Jaylon Redd, Graham's high school teammate, who is currently verbally committed to Oregon. The Ducks recently fired head coach\u00a0Mark Helfrich and have yet to hire a replacement or announce if any of his assistant coaches would return, so Redd's status with Oregon is potentially up in the air.\u00a0

"}, {"id":"d74bd034-ba9e-11e6-94cf-b7294306c10e","type":"article","starttime":"1480911300","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T21:15:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480972942","priority":40,"sections":[{"blog":"sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Four-star athlete Greg Johnson decommits from Arizona Wildcats","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/article_d74bd034-ba9e-11e6-94cf-b7294306c10e.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/four-star-athlete-greg-johnson-decommits-from-arizona-wildcats/article_d74bd034-ba9e-11e6-94cf-b7294306c10e.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/blog/four-star-athlete-greg-johnson-decommits-from-arizona-wildcats/article_d74bd034-ba9e-11e6-94cf-b7294306c10e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":2,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Zack Rosenblatt\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Arizona loses its top 2017 recruit.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8","description":"Arizona commit Greg Johnson at the 2016 Nike Football The Opening in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Nike)","byline":"Tom Hauck","hireswidth":800,"hiresheight":1200,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/05/8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8/5791bbbd8f184.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"286","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/05/8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8/5791bbbd8d71b.image.jpg?crop=697%2C321%2C32%2C158&resize=620%2C286&order=crop%2Cresize"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/05/8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8/5791bbbd8d71b.image.jpg?crop=800%2C450%2C0%2C154&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/05/8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8/5791bbbd8d71b.image.jpg?crop=800%2C450%2C0%2C154&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/05/8058c870-4fd4-11e6-b252-1f6ebd5a88c8/5791bbbd8d71b.image.jpg?crop=800%2C450%2C0%2C154"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"d74bd034-ba9e-11e6-94cf-b7294306c10e","body":"

It was assumed Arizona would feel the impact of Donte Williams' likely impeding departure for Nebraska rather quickly, at least in recruiting.

Sunday, the Wildcats lost the centerpiece of their highly-regarded 2017 recruiting class, and it's likely connected to the Williams news.

Greg Johnson announced on Twitter he \"decided to re-open my recruitment\" after being verbally committed to the Wildcats since March. Johnson surprised many when he made that early commitment ot the Wildcats, but Johnson picked the Wildcats primarily because of his relationship with Williams.

Williams' departure for Nebraska in particular is interesting because of how the Cornhuskers have been recruiting Johnson even as he was committed to Arizona.

Johnson took an official visit to Nebraska late in the season and told the Star afterward: \"It was cool, just being out of California for a couple days. The atmosphere was cool, and they are cool people out there so I enjoyed it overall. It was a cool visit.\"

With Arizona out of the picture, Nebraska and USC are expected to be the leaders for Johnson, whose decision impacts Arizona's incoming class.\u00a0

For one, Johnson is the recruit that started a flurry of commitments over the summer and into the season, helping the UA get its class as high as 27 players and for a while rated the top class in the Pac-12. Now, Arizona is down to just two four-star recruits committed to its 2017 class: quarterback\u00a0Braxton Burmeister and running back\u00a0Nathan Tilford.

Johnson is rated the No. 2 athlete in the West, according to Scout.com, and was expected to play cornerback at Arizona.\u00a0

His departure likely puts the death knell on Arizona's pursuit of five-star receiver\u00a0Joseph Lewis, Johnson's teammate at Augustus Hawkins High School in Los Angeles. It's long been believed that Lewis and Johnson wanted to play together in college, and Williams was the primary recruiter on Lewis as well. Nebraska has been considered the favorite for Lewis for much of the recruiting cycle.\u00a0

It's unclear how this impacts the rest of Arizona's 2017 class, but it's less likely to impact the players already committed as much as UA's targets for the next class or two, namely four-star cornerback\u00a0Thomas Graham, recruited by Williams and from Rancho Cucamonga, California.\u00a0

Arizona is still pulling out all the stops in its pursuit of Graham, also primarily considering Notre Dame, and defensive coordinator\u00a0Marcel Yates\u00a0will visit him in California this week. Yates will also check in with four-star cornerback Jaylon Redd, Graham's high school teammate, who is currently verbally committed to Oregon. The Ducks recently fired\u00a0Mark\u00a0Helfrich\u00a0as its head coach and have yet to hire a replacement, so Redd's future status is unclear.\u00a0


Toward the end of Arizona's season, the Star spoke with Johnson about Arizona's incoming recruiting class and his thoughts on Arizona's losing a lot of games this past year. Here's some of what he said.

\"I\u2019m pretty sure we\u2019re all going to be successful there (Arizona) next year, and help Arizona get a lot of Ws.\"

\"I\u2019ve been watching the games, I know they\u2019ve been dealing with a lot of injuries and stuff, but I\u2019m pretty sure they\u2019ll get a couple more Ws. I know that when myself and the rest of the 2017 class gets there we\u2019re going to change a lot of that. We\u2019re looking forward to getting a lot of wins and a lot of bowl wins.\"

\"They\u2019ve (Arizona's coaches) been saying they know what\u2019s going on right now but they feel with the guys committed right now, they recruited them for a reason, and that\u2019s to come in and change things. That\u2019s what they talk about.\u00a0

"}, {"id":"d42e18a1-ed16-5454-b997-871259263e7e","type":"article","starttime":"1480907820","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T20:17:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480935773","priority":42,"sections":[{"local":"sports/local"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Air Force elated to be in vicinity of \u2018our real teammates\u2019 in Arizona Bowl","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/local/article_d42e18a1-ed16-5454-b997-871259263e7e.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/local/air-force-elated-to-be-in-vicinity-of-our-real/article_d42e18a1-ed16-5454-b997-871259263e7e.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/local/air-force-elated-to-be-in-vicinity-of-our-real/article_d42e18a1-ed16-5454-b997-871259263e7e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"With Davis-Monthan Air Force Base nearby, the Falcons could have a real home-field advantage in their matchup with South Alabama.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{"label":"bowl"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1","description":"Air Force Falcons running back Jacobi Owens (28) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)","byline":"David Zalubowski","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8b/e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1/5844bc248fe8d.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"413","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8b/e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1/5844bc248e1ab.image.jpg?resize=620%2C413"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8b/e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1/5844bc248e1ab.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C37&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8b/e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1/5844bc248e1ab.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C37&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8b/e8be8718-f95e-5acd-9408-76ef53f8ede1/5844bc248e1ab.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C37&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":9,"commentID":"d42e18a1-ed16-5454-b997-871259263e7e","body":"

Air Force is the designated home team in the 2016 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

The Falcons might feel like they\u2019re at home when they visit Tucson later this month.

Arizona Stadium \u2014 where Air Force will face South Alabama on Dec. 30 \u2013 is about 11 miles northwest of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The proximity of the base had Falcons coach Troy Calhoun beaming when he spoke with reporters after the bowl announcement Sunday afternoon.

\u201cI don\u2019t think you could pick a better match,\u201d Calhoun said via conference call. \u201cWe absolutely love it. That\u2019s who we are. You think of the soul, the fabric, everything we\u2019re made of \u2026 those are our real teammates. It\u2019s so darn cool. We\u2019re elated.\u201d

Air Force could become something akin to Tucson\u2019s adopted team during the week leading up to the game. Arizona Bowl executive board member Ali Farhang flew to Laramie, Wyoming, for the Mountain West Championship Game on Saturday to stump for Air Force\u2019s participation.

Asked how big it is to have Air Force in the game, Arizona Bowl executive director Mike Feder said: \u201cHuge. Capital H, capital U, capital G, capital E.\u201d

Arizona Bowl officials hope that the game\u2019s earlier start time (3:30 p.m.) and Air Force\u2019s involvement will boost local interest and attendance. Last year\u2019s game between Colorado State and Nevada, which kicked off at 5:30, drew 20,425 fans.

Air Force also happens to be a really good team. The Falcons finished the regular season 9-3, including victories over Navy and Boise State. Both were ranked at various points this season.

Air Force enters the Arizona Bowl on a five-game winning streak. Calhoun credited the Falcons\u2019 \u201cresistance\u201d and \u201cpersistence.\u201d

\u201cThat\u2019s just the makeup of our football team,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been in a bunch of close games.\u201d

Air Force won its final three games \u2014 over Colorado State, San Jose State and Boise State \u2014 by a combined 13 points.

Air Force is expected to be favored over South Alabama, which finished 6-6. But the Jaguars are used to playing the underdog role \u2014 and thriving in it.

South Alabama \u2014 which plays in Alabama\u2019s shadow and has been an FBS program for five years \u2014 notched two significant upsets this season.

On the opening Saturday of the season, South Alabama stunned Mississippi State 21-20 in Starkville. The Jaguars \u2014 who were 28-point underdogs \u2014 rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the fourth quarter.

Four weeks later, South Alabama drubbed then-No. 19 San Diego State 42-24 in Mobile. The Aztecs won the aforementioned Mountain West title game.

\u201cIt brought some credibility to South Alabama,\u201d said Jaguars coach Joey Jones, the only coach in the program\u2019s history. \u201cIt was another steppingstone to where we need to get to.\u201d

This is the Jaguars\u2019 second bowl appearance; South Alabama lost to Bowling Green in the 2014 Camellia Bowl.

Jones noted that for some of his players, the trip to Tucson will be the first time they have been west of the Mississippi River.

\u201cIt\u2019s a great opportunity for our student-athletes to experience something new,\u201d Jones said. \u201cThat\u2019s exciting for our players.\u201d

"}, {"id":"0597e5cc-ba86-11e6-b7f6-f71f388e2925","type":"article","starttime":"1480899540","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T17:59:00-07:00","sections":[{"highschool":"sports/highschool"}],"application":"editorial","title":"High school schedule Dec. 5","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/highschool/article_0597e5cc-ba86-11e6-b7f6-f71f388e2925.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/highschool/high-school-schedule-dec/article_0597e5cc-ba86-11e6-b7f6-f71f388e2925.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/highschool/high-school-schedule-dec/article_0597e5cc-ba86-11e6-b7f6-f71f388e2925.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Monday \u00a0Dec. 5 schedule BOYS SOCCER Flowing Wells at Douglas 6 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALLCasa Grande at Canyon Del Oro 7 p.m. Sunnyside at Mountain View 7 p.m. Flowing Wells at Palo Verde 7 p.m. Sahuarita at Santa Rita 7 p.m. Sabino at Chandler Valley Christian 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Chandler Valley Christian at Sabino 7 p.m.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#tweet"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"17a999d4-d78a-5f28-b8ab-a4912478e77b","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/7a/17a999d4-d78a-5f28-b8ab-a4912478e77b/571290e120c23.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/7a/17a999d4-d78a-5f28-b8ab-a4912478e77b/571290e12e025.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/7a/17a999d4-d78a-5f28-b8ab-a4912478e77b/571290e120c23.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/7a/17a999d4-d78a-5f28-b8ab-a4912478e77b/571290e120c23.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"0597e5cc-ba86-11e6-b7f6-f71f388e2925","body":"

Monday \u00a0Dec. 5 schedule

BOYS SOCCER

Flowing Wells at Douglas 6 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Casa Grande at Canyon Del Oro 7 p.m.

Sunnyside at Mountain View 7 p.m.

Flowing Wells at Palo Verde 7 p.m.

Sahuarita at Santa Rita 7 p.m.

Sabino at Chandler Valley Christian 7 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Chandler Valley Christian at Sabino 7 p.m.

Santa Rita at Sahuarita 7 p.m.

Mountain View at Sunnyside 7 p.m.

Palo Verde at Flowing Wells 7 p.m.

To report scores, email sports@tucson.com or call 573-4146 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
"}, {"id":"b10da023-f92a-5e92-978c-cb65945e769c","type":"article","starttime":"1480896300","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T17:05:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480935777","priority":43,"sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Arizona Wildcats women pull away in overtime to top New Mexico State","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/article_b10da023-f92a-5e92-978c-cb65945e769c.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/arizona-wildcats-women-pull-away-in-overtime-to-top-new/article_b10da023-f92a-5e92-978c-cb65945e769c.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/arizona-wildcats-women-pull-away-in-overtime-to-top-new/article_b10da023-f92a-5e92-978c-cb65945e769c.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Malena Washington pours in career-high 26 points as UA improves to 5-1.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{"label":"ua women"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"3cc2fdc0-a50d-5d4f-b29a-62aafc4a0927","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/cc/3cc2fdc0-a50d-5d4f-b29a-62aafc4a0927/5743b387b95b7.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/cc/3cc2fdc0-a50d-5d4f-b29a-62aafc4a0927/5718169b96f74.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/cc/3cc2fdc0-a50d-5d4f-b29a-62aafc4a0927/5743b387b95b7.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/cc/3cc2fdc0-a50d-5d4f-b29a-62aafc4a0927/5743b387b95b7.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":9,"commentID":"b10da023-f92a-5e92-978c-cb65945e769c","body":"

Malena Washington and the University of Arizona women\u2019s basketball team lit up the scoreboard in overtime Sunday.

The Wildcats (5-1) won 74-63 at New Mexico State, outscoring the Aggies 18-7 in the extra period. Washington had 14 of those points as part of her career-high 26.

Washington tied a career-high with eight rebounds, while Breanna Workman had the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. LaBrittney Jones added nine points and nine rebounds.

New Mexico State (5-3) outscored UA 20-15 in the fourth period to force overtime, although the Wildcats had a defensive stop in the final seconds of regulation after Washington had tied the game at 56 with 34 seconds left on a free throw.

Arizona hosts San Diego at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The game will air on 1400-AM.

"}, {"id":"8aef5d5f-c69a-5c7b-a616-7633ae9bcf08","type":"article","starttime":"1480896300","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T17:05:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480981740","priority":44,"sections":[{"football":"sports/arizonawildcats/football"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"After disappointing season, Arizona Wildcats\u2019 special teams could become an asset in 2017","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/article_8aef5d5f-c69a-5c7b-a616-7633ae9bcf08.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/after-disappointing-season-arizona-wildcats-special-teams-could-become-an/article_8aef5d5f-c69a-5c7b-a616-7633ae9bcf08.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/after-disappointing-season-arizona-wildcats-special-teams-could-become-an/article_8aef5d5f-c69a-5c7b-a616-7633ae9bcf08.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Looking back at the UA\u2019s special-teams performance in 2016 and taking a peak at what lies ahead next year.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{"label":"football","0":""},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70","description":"UA punter and kicker Josh Pollack practices his punts, which he struggled with. He never achieved sufficient hang time to cut down on returns by opponents.","byline":"Ryan Revock / for the Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":2267,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/4b/e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70/5844944736271.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"468","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/4b/e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70/58449446d8023.image.jpg?resize=620%2C468"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/4b/e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70/58449446d8023.image.jpg?crop=1656%2C931%2C0%2C6&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/4b/e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70/58449446d8023.image.jpg?crop=1656%2C931%2C0%2C6&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/4b/e4bb3396-cfd7-5577-bf03-062eee0e5f70/58449446d8023.image.jpg?crop=1656%2C931%2C0%2C6&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":13,"commentID":"8aef5d5f-c69a-5c7b-a616-7633ae9bcf08","body":"

This is the third in a three-part series looking back at the 2016 Arizona Wildcats football season and ahead to next year. Today\u2019s installment: Special teams.

Special teams were an area of strength for the 2015 Arizona Wildcats. That was not the case this past season.

Some growing pains were expected after the departures of steady, veteran specialists Drew Riggleman and Casey Skowron. But Arizona never got the spark it was seeking \u2014 and desperately needed at times \u2014 from the return game.

The Wildcats played with a field-position deficit during much of their 3-9 season, and subpar special-teams play contributed to that.

Will those units improve markedly next season? We explore the possibilities by asking \u2014 and answering \u2014 three lingering questions.

1. Does Josh Pollack have what it takes to be the long-term solution at placekicker?

Certainly. The redshirt sophomore had one poor performance this season as a kicker. (Pollack\u2019s punting was another story; more on that later.) Aside from that one off game \u2014 a 1-for-4 performance against Colorado \u2014 Pollack made 8 of 10 field-goal attempts.

All of Pollack\u2019s misses came from 44 or more yards. In the Colorado game, his misses were from 44, 50 and 44. His mechanics were off that night \u2014 his plant foot was landing too close to the ball. Additionally, he had to assume kickoff duties \u2014 giving him all three kicking jobs \u2014 after then-kickoff specialist Edgar Gastelum couldn\u2019t play because of a concussion.

Going 1 of 6 from 40-plus yards is nothing to be proud of, but it\u2019s not as if Pollack lacks the leg strength to make those kicks. With better technique, more experience and more confidence, he can become effective from long range.

Pollack\u2019s overall performance was almost in line with Skowron\u2019s first season as the first-team kicker. Skowron made 20 of 28 attempts in 2014. He improved his success rate by more than 10 percentage points the following season.

Another factor working in Pollack\u2019s favor: He appears to be out of the mix to be Arizona\u2019s punter. It\u2019s impossible to quantify, but having to do both jobs for most of this season didn\u2019t seem to help him. Concentrating solely on placekicking moving forward should.

2. Did Arizona find its punter late in the season?

Once Pollack had to take over the kickoff duties, Arizona needed to go in a different direction at punter. Pollack had handled the role for most of the season. His average of 42.2 yards per punt looks good on the surface.

However, Pollack struggled at times, especially with rugby-style punts. He seldom achieved sufficient hang time, resulting in only six fair catches in 48 attempts. Pollack\u2019s net average \u2014 a more meaningful statistic \u2014 was just 36.8 yards.

Jake Glatting, another redshirt sophomore, took over as the punter for the final two-plus games and performed respectably. Glatting averaged 39.4 yards on 10 punts, but only one was returned, for 7 yards.

So Glatting\u2019s net average was 38.7, almost 2 yards greater than Pollack\u2019s (admittedly with a much smaller sample size).

Four of Glatting\u2019s 10 punts resulted in fair catches; four others landed inside the 20-yard line. Some of that is circumstantial, based as much on where you\u2019re punting from as how well you\u2019re hitting the ball. But Glatting\u2019s ratios are encouraging.

While it\u2019s far from a given that he will keep the job next season, Glatting showed enough promise in his brief stint to suggest he\u2019s capable of handling it.

3. What can the Wildcats do to improve their return game?

That it was so middling doesn\u2019t make much sense, because Arizona had more than enough playmakers fielding the ball. Additionally, special teams were a daily point of emphasis for Rich Rodriguez and his staff.

Nonetheless, the Wildcats averaged 17.0 yards per kickoff return and 4.7 yards per punt return. Both figures ranked 11th in the Pac-12.

Arizona finished fourth and tied for first, respectively, the previous season. The yards the Wildcats lost \u2014 or didn\u2019t gain \u2014 hurt a team that struggled in other areas.

Incredibly, Tyrell Johnson\u2019s 33-yard kickoff return late in the second quarter of the season opener was Arizona\u2019s longest return of any kind all season. The Wildcats had only one other return of at least 30 yards, by Shun Brown on a kickoff against Washington State two months later.

Special teams will continue to be a priority next season, especially after Arizona encountered so many issues this season, and that\u2019s a critical first step. Rodriguez also is hopeful that a deeper, healthier roster will supply better personnel to the return units.

The return of J.J. Taylor could provide a boost. The talented freshman returned only three punts before suffering a season-ending broken ankle, but one went for 22 yards. If healthy, Taylor possesses the shiftiness and instincts to become a superb return specialist.

"}, {"id":"0f9fc6a4-b03a-54b3-9fd1-eecd625debc6","type":"article","starttime":"1480894200","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T16:30:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480972950","priority":45,"sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Freshmen doing their best to keep Arizona Wildcats afloat","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/article_0f9fc6a4-b03a-54b3-9fd1-eecd625debc6.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/freshmen-doing-their-best-to-keep-arizona-wildcats-afloat/article_0f9fc6a4-b03a-54b3-9fd1-eecd625debc6.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/freshmen-doing-their-best-to-keep-arizona-wildcats-afloat/article_0f9fc6a4-b03a-54b3-9fd1-eecd625debc6.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Bruce Pascoe\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"Kobi Simmons, Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Alkins are team's three leading scorers through eight games.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{"label":"basketball"},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5","description":"Arizona freshman guard Kobi Simmons has helped the Wildcats in spurts on offense and more than expected on defense. Here he dribbles around Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams.","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1250,"hiresheight":1657,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/9e/d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5/584493d98c5e4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"468","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/9e/d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5/584493d98aa55.image.jpg?resize=468%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/9e/d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5/584493d98aa55.image.jpg?crop=1250%2C703%2C0%2C89&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/9e/d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5/584493d98aa55.image.jpg?crop=1250%2C703%2C0%2C89&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/9e/d9e8f2b3-3a7f-533e-8bdc-593baf5064f5/584493d98aa55.image.jpg?crop=1250%2C703%2C0%2C89&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":11,"commentID":"0f9fc6a4-b03a-54b3-9fd1-eecd625debc6","body":"

LOS ANGELES \u2014 Just three minutes into his first college basketball game, Kobi Simmons set the tone for the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 season so far.

That is, as a true freshman, he came off the bench to score seven quick points and help dig UA out of an early 17-2 hole against Michigan State, allowing the Wildcats to come back for a 65-63 win in Honolulu. He finished with 18 points in that game.

That sort of freshman production is one of the few things the Wildcats have been able to rely on during an initial four weeks marred by Allonzo Trier\u2019s ongoing eligibility issue, injuries to three scholarship players and a number of on-court issues affecting both sides of the court.

After Arizona dropped to 6-2 after losing to Gonzaga 69-62 on Saturday at the Staples Center, the Wildcats\u2019 three top scorers remained their three freshmen.

One of those freshmen, forward Lauri Markkanen, is also the team\u2019s leading rebounder, leading three-point shooter, and leading free-throw shooter.

Another, wing Rawle Alkins, is leading the team in turnovers (20) but also shooting 59.6 percent when he gets within two-point range.

Simmons, meanwhile, has provided shooting in spurts as expected, but also more defense than expected.

\u201cSome teams suffer adversity but you look at the calendar and it\u2019s February or January,\u201d UA coach Sean Miller said. \u201cBut for us we\u2019ve really been hit with these things at the beginning. I think the good news for us is that it\u2019s allowing these types of guys to have a lot on their plates, a big role, a lot of experience.\u201d

That also includes the Wildcats\u2019 other newcomer, junior college transfer Keanu Pinder, who was deployed in a defensive role Saturday that Miller wasn\u2019t comfortable with.

\u201cIt was the first time that Keanu Pinder has ever guarded a perimeter player, and it just so happened that he guarded a perimeter player against Gonzaga,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThat\u2019s not in our best interests. But these are the circumstances.\u201d

The most notable circumstance at the moment is that UA has only three active players who can naturally play at the three perimeter positions. That happened Wednesday, when Jackson-Cartwright was lost for probably at least a month with a high ankle sprain, coming on top of Trier\u2019s never-ending NCAA issue.

As a result, among other things, Miller has had to force Kadeem Allen back to point guard fulltime while making Pinder and Markkanen defend smaller and quicker opponents.

No question, (Jackson-Cartwright\u2019s absence) really affects everything,\u201d Miller said. \u201cRawle, for example, has played mostly the three.

\u201cWe\u2019ve given him some reps at the two and he played as many minutes (Saturday) at two as three. Lauri \u2014 God bless him \u2014 I\u2019ve never seen a freshman play three positions like he has. He played mostly the small forward, which is very difficult if you\u2019re 7-foot.

\u201cIt affects everything and everybody. Our zone offense, our underneath out-of-bounds offense. Defensively it really affects you.\u201d

Nobody probably has it worse than Markkanen, who not only has to defend small forwards but also found Gonzaga\u2019s defense tailored to shut him down. He went 4 of 14 from the field, though some of his shots were off good looks he didn\u2019t make.

\u201cI\u2019m still very confident in my shot,\u201d he said.

Miller didn\u2019t appear worried about it. It was just another day of on-the-job training for his new guys.

\u201cI think all of our freshman have done a good job adjusting,\u201d Miller said. \u201cCertainly, Lauri has done everything. That\u2019s usually what you ask a senior to do, like Kadeem Allen. And, really, ditto for Rawle. Rawle has done a lot of great things.\u201d

"}, {"id":"83f7174e-ba63-11e6-a4a5-cb00c4e13f8e","type":"article","starttime":"1480885200","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T14:00:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480895863","priority":40,"sections":[{"sports":"sports"},{"local":"news/local"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Arizona Bowl matchup: Air Force vs. South Alabama","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/article_83f7174e-ba63-11e6-a4a5-cb00c4e13f8e.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizona-bowl-matchup-air-force-vs-south-alabama/article_83f7174e-ba63-11e6-a4a5-cb00c4e13f8e.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizona-bowl-matchup-air-force-vs-south-alabama/article_83f7174e-ba63-11e6-a4a5-cb00c4e13f8e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev\nArizona Daily Star","prologue":"The second annual game in Tucson will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Dec. 30, at Arizona Stadium.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona bowl"],"internalKeywords":["#toptwo","#latest","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"77766ce6-b1a3-11e5-80ee-ab74d306299b","description":"Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.\u00a0","byline":"A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"573","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/77/77766ce6-b1a3-11e5-80ee-ab74d306299b/560dbabb869d1.image.jpg?resize=620%2C573"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"92","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/77/77766ce6-b1a3-11e5-80ee-ab74d306299b/560dbabba7e3f.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/77/77766ce6-b1a3-11e5-80ee-ab74d306299b/560dbabb869d1.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C575%2C0%2C243&resize=300%2C168&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/77/77766ce6-b1a3-11e5-80ee-ab74d306299b/560dbabb869d1.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C575%2C0%2C243&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"83f7174e-ba63-11e6-a4a5-cb00c4e13f8e","body":"

Air Force and South Alabama will square off in the second Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Bowl officials announced the participants Sunday afternoon. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at Arizona Stadium.

Air Force finished the regular season 9-3, 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Because of the presence of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the Falcons\u2019 participation in the Arizona Bowl is considered a huge win for the fledgling game.

\u201cH-U-G-E,\u201d Arizona Bowl executive director Mike Feder said.

South Alabama, representing the Sun Belt Conference, went 6-6 during the regular season. The Jaguars were just 2-6 in league play but defeated Mississippi State in Starkville and then-No. 19 San Diego State in non-conference matchups.

American Sports Network will televise the game live. In Tucson, the game will be carried by KWBA-TV, the local CW affiliate, on channel 8 on Cox and Comcast and channel 58 on DirectTV and DISH Network.

Campus Insiders will stream the event live and free of charge. It will be available through CampusInsiders.com, the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Gameday App and various streaming devices.

"}, {"id":"4e498c14-b9b2-11e6-8d40-fb8554eb189a","type":"collection","starttime":"1480882500","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-04T13:15:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480884978","priority":41,"sections":[{"gallery":"gallery"},{"greghansen":"sports/greghansen"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Arizona Bowl would like Air Force but ESPN may ground that mission","url":"http://tucson.com/gallery/collection_4e498c14-b9b2-11e6-8d40-fb8554eb189a.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/gallery/hansen-s-sunday-notebook-arizona-bowl-would-like-air-force/collection_4e498c14-b9b2-11e6-8d40-fb8554eb189a.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/gallery/hansen-s-sunday-notebook-arizona-bowl-would-like-air-force/collection_4e498c14-b9b2-11e6-8d40-fb8554eb189a.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":16,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Star sports columnist Greg Hansen offers his opinion on recent sports news.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#topstory","#latest","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"paging_gallery","revision":19}, {"id":"e5b3687e-b9dd-11e6-a8d6-2bf60952d9a2","type":"article","starttime":"1480827300","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T21:55:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480986845","priority":45,"sections":[{"pascoe":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe"},{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Arizona-Gonzaga postgame: On PJC's domino effect and why Karnowski wasn't doubled","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/article_e5b3687e-b9dd-11e6-a8d6-2bf60952d9a2.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/arizona-gonzaga-postgame-on-pjc-s-domino-effect-and-why/article_e5b3687e-b9dd-11e6-a8d6-2bf60952d9a2.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/arizona-gonzaga-postgame-on-pjc-s-domino-effect-and-why/article_e5b3687e-b9dd-11e6-a8d6-2bf60952d9a2.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":1,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Even Keanu Pinder had to defend a perimeter player Saturday.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona wildcats basketball","przemek karnowski","rawle alkins","lauri markkanen","dusan ristic","keanu pinder"],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd","description":"Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) absorbs a bump from Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2682,"hiresheight":2075,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c20394.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"479","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=620%2C479"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"77","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=100%2C77"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"232","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=300%2C232"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"792","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C792"}}}],"revision":25,"commentID":"e5b3687e-b9dd-11e6-a8d6-2bf60952d9a2","body":"

LOS ANGELES \u2013 Some of the adjustments shorthanded Arizona had to make against Gonzaga on Saturday were obvious: Kadeem Allen at the point, Lauri Markkanen at small forward a lot, and just about everybody soaking up minutes in the 30s.

But another thing struck UA coach Sean Miller in the Wildcats\u2019 69-62 loss to Gonzaga: He had to ask Keanu Pinder to defend the small forward position for the first time this season.

\u201cAnd it just so happened he guarded a perimeter player against Gonzaga,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThat\u2019s not in our best interests. But these are the circumstances.\u201d

Miller tried to look ahead, saying he\u2019s hopeful that the Wildcats will get \u201ca couple of guys back\u201d (since Parker Jackson-Cartwright is the only injured one who can return, that may mean Miller is still hopeful of getting Allonzo Trier, too).

\u201cWe\u2019re at seven but the hard part for us is a lot of times teams suffer through some injuries and adversity but some teams suffer adversity but you look at the calendar and it\u2019s February or January.

\u201cBut for us we\u2019ve really been hit with these things at the beginning. I think the good news for us is that it\u2019s allowing these types of guys to have a lot on their plates, a big role, a lot of experience.\u201d


Considering Jackson-Cartwright\u2019s absence, UA\u2019s early struggles on offense were no surprise. Over the first six minutes Saturday, the Wildcats had five turnovers and shot just 2 for 6 from the field.

\u201cNo question, (PJC\u2019s absence) really affects everything and everybody,\u201d Miller said.

\u201cRawle (Alkins), for example, has played mostly the three. We\u2019ve given him some reps at the two and he played as many at two as three. Lauri -- God bless him -- I\u2019ve never seen a freshman play three positions like he has. He played mostly the small forward, which is very difficult if you\u2019re 7-foot.

\u201cIt affects everything and everybody. Our zone offense, our underneath out of bounds offense. Defensively it really affects you.\u201d


Wondering why Miller didn't double-team Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski much Saturday?

Miller was asked if the way he guarded Karnowski had to do with Gonzaga's early three-point shooting, but indicated that he wasn't a fan of doubling the big man under almost any circumstance. Karnowski, after all, has no problem giving the ball up if he is heavily defended, dishing 15 assists over Gonzaga\u2019s first seven games.

Instead, Miller said he wanted UA to crowd the low post, and that they did a \u201cvery poor job\u201d of that.

\u201cDoubling him, trapping Karnowski, in my opinion I think it\u2019s a disaster,\u201d Miller said. \u201cMaybe another team out there that can do it better. But when you watch him, he\u2019s such a terrific passer.

\u201cIn my opinion when they\u2019re really clicking is when you double him, because he\u2019s a great passer and the guys he passes to on this year\u2019s team are all excellent 3-point shooters. When they have their big run, a lot of times it\u2019s because of the 3-point shot. We have a lot of young players who were for the first time in their career supposed to crowd in the low post. We did a very poor job of that. \u201c

So as it turned out, UA paid by letting Karnowski create his own offense. The big man from Poland was 9 for 13 from the field.

\u201cToday he beat us with our own scoring,\u201d Miller said. \u201cHe had timely baskets. Our one-on-one defense needs to get a little better. I thought Chance (Comanche) and Dusan (Ristic), that was a tough task for both of those guys. Now that they\u2019ve played against somebody like him hopefully they\u2019ll be ready for the next time.\u201d


Miller said the two UA players brought to the interview podium, Alkins and Markkanen, were probably the best two Wildcat players in the game.

\u201cI think all of our freshman have done a good job adjusting,\u201d Miller said. \u201cCertainly, Lauri has played three positions; he\u2019s done everything. That\u2019s usually what you ask a senior to do, like Kadeem Allen. And really ditto for Rawle. Rawle has done a lot of great things.\u201d

Markkanen was just 4 for 14 from the field \u2013 dragging down a field-goal percentage from 54.1 to 50.0 in just one game -- but said he remains \u201cvery confident in my shot.\u201d


There were only brief podium interviews granted Saturday, so not a whole lot of other comments of note that weren\u2019t in our full game coverage, which is attached to this post.

The box score and updated stats are attached as PDFs.

"}, {"id":"bcec2e26-b99c-11e6-9378-53081f7b1be7","type":"collection","starttime":"1480824000","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T21:00:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480828196","priority":43,"sections":[{"gallery":"gallery"},{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Seen and heard: On 'Zo's absence, Karnowski's back, luck \u2014 and Luke","url":"http://tucson.com/gallery/collection_bcec2e26-b99c-11e6-9378-53081f7b1be7.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/gallery/seen-and-heard-on-zo-s-absence-karnowski-s-back/collection_bcec2e26-b99c-11e6-9378-53081f7b1be7.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/gallery/seen-and-heard-on-zo-s-absence-karnowski-s-back/collection_bcec2e26-b99c-11e6-9378-53081f7b1be7.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":9,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The things gleaned from Saturday's loss to Gonzaga.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#latest"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"paging_gallery","revision":14}, {"id":"e2790990-dc9b-5835-bb8a-541a9c8cd0c0","type":"article","starttime":"1480821660","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T20:21:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480849288","priority":44,"sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Shorthanded Arizona Wildcats can't overcome nightmarish start, fall to Gonzaga in LA","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/article_e2790990-dc9b-5835-bb8a-541a9c8cd0c0.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/shorthanded-arizona-wildcats-can-t-overcome-nightmarish-start-fall-to/article_e2790990-dc9b-5835-bb8a-541a9c8cd0c0.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/shorthanded-arizona-wildcats-can-t-overcome-nightmarish-start-fall-to/article_e2790990-dc9b-5835-bb8a-541a9c8cd0c0.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":4,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Sean Miller still finds reason to believe after loss at HoopHall LA event.\u00a0","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f","description":"Rawle Alkins is surrounded by Gonzaga Bulldogs, a common theme for Arizona in Saturday\u2019s game. Alkins did find enough room to score a team-leading 16 points at Staples Center.","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1636,"hiresheight":1266,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/2a/02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f/5843894e1b765.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"480","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/2a/02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f/5843894e1a937.image.jpg?resize=620%2C480"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"77","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/2a/02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f/5843894e1a937.image.jpg?resize=100%2C77"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"232","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/2a/02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f/5843894e1a937.image.jpg?resize=300%2C232"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"792","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/2a/02a53fbc-a270-5d49-b0e8-dc044f349d3f/5843894e1a937.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C792"}}},{"id":"932e0ae5-861e-5429-96b5-e10feb6768df","description":"Coach Sean Miller and the Arizona bench are befuddled by a non-call during the second half.","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"521","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/32/932e0ae5-861e-5429-96b5-e10feb6768df/5843894c9c981.image.jpg?resize=521%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/32/932e0ae5-861e-5429-96b5-e10feb6768df/5843894c9c981.image.jpg?crop=1319%2C741%2C0%2C466&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/32/932e0ae5-861e-5429-96b5-e10feb6768df/5843894c9c981.image.jpg?crop=1319%2C741%2C0%2C466&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/32/932e0ae5-861e-5429-96b5-e10feb6768df/5843894c9c981.image.jpg?crop=1319%2C741%2C0%2C466&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471","description":"Arizona\u2019s Lauri Markkanen defends a shot by Gonzaga\u2019s Killian Tillie during the first half. Markkanen struggled from the field, going 4 for 14.","byline":"","hireswidth":1284,"hiresheight":1612,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/b8/9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471/5843894d1800b.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"494","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/b8/9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471/5843894d17317.image.jpg?resize=494%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"126","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/b8/9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471/5843894d17317.image.jpg?resize=100%2C126"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"377","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/b8/9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471/5843894d17317.image.jpg?resize=300%2C377"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1286","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/b8/9b805b20-521d-5229-b2de-93b74577a471/5843894d17317.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1286"}}},{"id":"9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b","description":"The UA\u2019s Kobi Simmons pursues Gonzaga\u2019s Jordan Mathews as he streaks around a screen from Przemek Karnowski in the first half.","byline":"Photos by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1711,"hiresheight":1211,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b/5843894d72dce.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"439","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b/5843894d71e3f.image.jpg?resize=620%2C439"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"71","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b/5843894d71e3f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C71"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"212","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b/5843894d71e3f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C212"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"725","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/9443ccf9-9ce1-56c5-9148-8d019bbfcf2b/5843894d71e3f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C725"}}}],"revision":11,"commentID":"e2790990-dc9b-5835-bb8a-541a9c8cd0c0","body":"

LOS ANGELES \u2014 When Parker Jackson-Cartwright took a seat on the long Arizona bench before tipoff Saturday, next to fellow inactives Allonzo Trier, Ray Smith and Talbott Denny, the Wildcats\u2019 margin of error shrunk to almost zero.

Then, about four minutes later, it was zero.

In their 69-62 loss Saturday to Gonzaga at Staples Center, the Wildcats couldn\u2019t initially stop the Zags\u2019 three-point shooting and couldn\u2019t outmuscle Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who led all scorers with 18 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

And, without Jackson-Cartwright, UA couldn\u2019t find any sort of rhythm offensively.

After 4 minutes and 23 seconds, the Zags led 17-5. Arizona had four turnovers and had allowed three 3-pointers in that short span and never really recovered, despite a late rally that pulled the game within two possessions in the final minutes.

\u201cAt the start of the game, (Gonzaga) was a very confident group of guys, coming off a (AdvoCare Invitational) championship, with guys who really felt good about who they are,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhereas on our end, we were really unsure.\u201d

That was all you really needed to know about Saturday\u2019s outcome. The rest of what Miller and his guys looked for was hope.

They saw a little bit of it in the way the rest of the first half played out, with UA trailing no worse (12 points) at halftime. And a little more in the second half, when they outscored Gonzaga by five thanks to better defense and some gutsy offensive play by guard Rawle Alkins.

Miller said he was pleased with the Wildcats\u2019 resiliency and effort after those initial minutes, thankful that Kadeem Allen and Lauri Markkanen keep putting out extraordinary effort while playing three positions each, happy that Alkins kept going at it when the game could have completely fallen apart.

Those were intangibles a coach could point to. The stats weren\u2019t so understanding.

Arizona shot just 38.6 percent from the field, missing 7 of 8 three-pointers it took, thanks to uncharacteristically poor shooting efforts from Markkanen (4 of 14) and Kobi Simmons (1 for 9).

Perhaps for Markkanen, such a result was overdue. He had been an amazingly efficient shooter all season, entering the game with a 45.9 percent mark from 3-point range.

Basically, he was so good that people were taking notice. And when you have an unbeaten No. 8-ranked team, full of veteran players and a well-regarded coach, guess what?

\u201cObviously, they defended me a little bit differently than other previous teams, but it\u2019s just the shots didn\u2019t go in today,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cI\u2019m still very confident in my shot.\u201d

He had a point. Markkanen missed some open looks that he routinely nailed down during the Wildcats\u2019 first seven games, but he also had to deal with a defense that was probably more tuned in to him than any other he\u2019s seen so far.

In other words, Gonzaga paid him a compliment, the kind of compliment that isn\u2019t fun to receive.

\u201cHe is a fabulous player,\u201d Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. \u201cHe presents a lot of problems being 7 feet tall and Sean\u2019s done a great job of putting him in a lot of different actions.

\u201cI thought our guys did a good job of assimilating all the different places on the floor where he was going to be. We switched our ball-screen coverages and shaded our zone to him.\u201d

While Markkanen put in another 38 minutes, having to play again often at small forward since the Wildcats have only three natural players for the three perimeter positions, Alkins logged 37 minutes, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Wildcats make a game of it.

Most of Alkins\u2019 scoring came off rebounding or other hustle plays; five of his seven rebounds were offensive.

\u201cMy coaches and my teammates gave me confidence. They wanted me to be aggressive,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cThey stress that a lot with me. I was talking to (Miller) the other day and he was telling me to just play basketball, play my game. He thought in the first few games I was being a little timid and unsure of myself and not knowing what to do.

\u201cI was just playing hard on both ends of the floor. (Frontline players) we\u2019re supposed to rebound every second on offense. So the shot goes up and my first instinct is to rebound the ball and luckily it just got to my hands.\u201d

Meanwhile, the Wildcats relied on Allen for 35 minutes, with fulltime duty at point guard, where he wasn\u2019t even supposed to play entering this season. Allen collected 10 points and four rebounds, with five turnovers to his three assists, and he fouled out with 28 seconds left, just after a two-possession game had bumped back up to three.

The central question Saturday was how many of the UA\u2019s struggles were due to its avalanche of absences. In a perfect world for the Wildcats, Jackson-Cartwright would have played 30 minutes at the point, while Trier might have created some offense to put them in position to win, as he did last season in Spokane.

But Jackson-Cartwright was out with a high ankle sprain suffered Wednesday against Texas Southern and Trier, well, you know that story: eight games now, gone, because of his ongoing NCAA eligibility issue.

Miller can only hope the experience of games like Saturday\u2019s, the extra minutes, the learning new positions, can help guys like Markkanen, Alkins and even forward Keanu Pinder \u2014 who was forced to defend small forwards for the first time this year \u2014 later this season.

\u201cWe have our fingers crossed that we can get some good health, and maybe get a couple of these guys back,\u201d Miller said, \u201cand if we can do that, we may hit our stride in January and February in a way that maybe we couldn\u2019t.\u201d

Miller then paused briefly.

\u201cAnd here\u2019s the other point,\u201d he said, \u201cthat\u2019s the only positive way I can look at it.\u201d

"}, {"id":"cb850056-b9cf-11e6-8ad3-9ff751ec7c54","type":"article","starttime":"1480821240","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T20:14:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480821453","priority":40,"sections":[{"arizonawildcats":"sports/arizonawildcats"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Arizona Wildcats upset Michigan State in NCAA volleyball tournament, advance to Sweet 16","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/article_cb850056-b9cf-11e6-8ad3-9ff751ec7c54.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/arizona-wildcats-upset-michigan-state-in-ncaa-volleyball-tournament-advance/article_cb850056-b9cf-11e6-8ad3-9ff751ec7c54.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/arizona-wildcats-upset-michigan-state-in-ncaa-volleyball-tournament-advance/article_cb850056-b9cf-11e6-8ad3-9ff751ec7c54.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":2,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Kalei Mau, Kendra Dahlke lead Cats to upset victory over nation's No. 9 team.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["kalei mau","kendra dahlke"],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"57d2ca69-33b2-5d06-b172-309bd3fc3af8","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/7d/57d2ca69-33b2-5d06-b172-309bd3fc3af8/57d0b1c8b1bc0.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/7d/57d2ca69-33b2-5d06-b172-309bd3fc3af8/57d0b1c8b1bc0.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/7d/57d2ca69-33b2-5d06-b172-309bd3fc3af8/57d0b1c8b1bc0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/7d/57d2ca69-33b2-5d06-b172-309bd3fc3af8/57d0b1c8b1bc0.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":2,"commentID":"cb850056-b9cf-11e6-8ad3-9ff751ec7c54","body":"

For the eighth time in program history, the Arizona Wildcats volleyball team is headed to the Sweet 16.

The UA stunned No. 9 Michigan State 17-25, 25-16, 25-19, 24-26, 15-10on Saturday, winning the East Lansing, Michigan bracket and advancing to the round of 16. The Wildcats will face either Kentucky or eighth-ranked Washington with a chance to advance to the round of eight.

Kalei Mau led the UA with 23 kills, and Kendra Dahlke added 22. Penina Snuka led the UA with 52 assists. The team beat Cleveland State in Friday\u2019s first round.

The Wildcats (20-14) narrowly missed an opportunity to put the Michigan State away in the fourth set, but made up for it with a hot start in the fifth and decisive set. Mau rattled off back-to-back kills to make it 8-2, and Dahlke\u2019s kill made it 9-2. Dahlke delivered the match-winning kill to put the Spartans away.

"}, {"id":"e627e539-6b3c-58ca-a511-8ed100a602d5","type":"article","starttime":"1480816800","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T19:00:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480981740","priority":42,"sections":[{"football":"sports/arizonawildcats/football"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"New coordinator couldn't save Arizona Wildcats' 'D' in 2016","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/article_e627e539-6b3c-58ca-a511-8ed100a602d5.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/new-coordinator-couldn-t-save-arizona-wildcats-d-in/article_e627e539-6b3c-58ca-a511-8ed100a602d5.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/football/new-coordinator-couldn-t-save-arizona-wildcats-d-in/article_e627e539-6b3c-58ca-a511-8ed100a602d5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":3,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Michael Lev Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Looking back at the UA\u2019s defensive performance in 2016 and taking a peek at what lies ahead in \u201917.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona wildcats","donte williams","marcel yates","defense"],"internalKeywords":["#top5sports","#latest","#editorspick","#top5 sports"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982","description":"Arizona Wildcats linebacker Michael Barton (11), right, and Arizona Wildcats safety Jarvis McCall Jr. (29) can\u2019t contain USC Trojans running back Ronald Jones II (25) during the third quarter of the University of Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans college football game on Oct. 15, 2016, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. USC won 48-14. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1642,"hiresheight":1262,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/75/375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982/584215d75b28f.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"477","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/75/375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982/584215d75a372.image.jpg?resize=620%2C477"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/75/375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982/584215d75a372.image.jpg?crop=1642%2C923%2C0%2C108&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/75/375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982/584215d75a372.image.jpg?crop=1642%2C923%2C0%2C108&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/75/375f1d0e-4cf6-50c9-b7cf-fefbc7269982/584215d75a372.image.jpg?crop=1642%2C923%2C0%2C108&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b","description":"Arizona Wildcats defensive lineman Justin Belknap (86) leaps to tackle Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver N\u2019Keal Harry (1) during the first quarter of the Arizona State University Sun Devils vs. University of Arizona Wildcats in the Territorial Cup college football game on Nov. 25, 2016, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1675,"hiresheight":1237,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/a1/6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b/584215d664386.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"458","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/a1/6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b/584215d6624f3.image.jpg?resize=620%2C458"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/a1/6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b/584215d6624f3.image.jpg?resize=100%2C74"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"222","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/a1/6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b/584215d6624f3.image.jpg?resize=300%2C222"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"756","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/a1/6a1760c8-9901-5778-9121-d00d3cdf897b/584215d6624f3.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C756"}}},{"id":"bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8","description":"Arizona Wildcats linebacker Jake Matthews (47) and linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. (14) team up to crunch Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Manny Wilkins (5) during the fourth quarter of the Arizona State University Sun Devils vs. University of Arizona Wildcats in the Territorial Cup college football game on Nov. 25, 2016, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1695,"hiresheight":1223,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/ad/bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8/584215d6e2bc4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"447","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/ad/bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8/584215d6e1c44.image.jpg?resize=620%2C447"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"72","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/ad/bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8/584215d6e1c44.image.jpg?resize=100%2C72"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"216","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/ad/bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8/584215d6e1c44.image.jpg?resize=300%2C216"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"739","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/ad/bad1a548-5048-509d-9dfb-61f869d98ee8/584215d6e1c44.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C739"}}}],"revision":16,"commentID":"e627e539-6b3c-58ca-a511-8ed100a602d5","body":"

This is the second in a three-part series looking back at the 2016 Arizona Wildcats football season and ahead to next year. Today\u2019s installment: Defense.

Year 1 of the new-look Arizona Wildcats defense did not go exactly as planned.

Under first-year coordinator Marcel Yates, the UA defense regressed slightly in certain key statistical categories, including points per game, yards per game, yards per play and third-down percentage. That wasn\u2019t what Rich Rodriguez was seeking when he replaced the entire defensive staff.

But Rodriguez viewed those changes through a relatively long-term lens. They were as much about improving the roster via recruiting as improving the defense. He remains confident the Wildcats can make significant strides in both areas.

As for the defense, there\u2019s at least a sense of hope for 2017 and beyond. We explore the origins of that optimism by asking \u2014 and answering \u2014 three lingering questions.

1. If the defense didn\u2019t make any tangible progress, why should UA fans be encouraged?

You have to look beyond the numbers in this case. Instead, search for building blocks.

The Wildcats might have some in their secondary.

In three of the final four games, Arizona started five players who had a combined four starts entering this season. Two were true sophomores, two were true freshmen. Only cornerback Dane Cruikshank was an upperclassman \u2014 a redshirt junior who transferred from junior college and sat out last season.

The two sophomores, safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and cornerback Jace Whittaker, were among Arizona\u2019s most consistent defenders. Flannigan-Fowles\u2019 play dropped off slightly in the second half of the season, but he still finished second on the team in tackles. Whittaker became a starter in Week 6 and quickly emerged as the Wildcats\u2019 steadiest corner.

Freshman Isaiah Hayes supplanted veteran Jarvis McCall Jr. at free safety in early October and finished with 38 tackles, including 2.5 for losses. Fellow rookie Tristan Cooper made five starts at \u201cSpur\u201d safety and had 35 stops, including two for losses. Both freshmen left the season-ending Territorial Cup with undisclosed injuries.

Elsewhere on defense, the Wildcats might have unearthed a gem along the defensive line. Redshirt sophomore Larry Tharpe Jr. \u2014 a late-arriving walk-on from Tyler (Texas) Junior College \u2014 became an important member of the rotation down the stretch. In eight games he accumulated 16 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, and three pass breakups.

Arizona returns five more defensive linemen who played significant snaps, and the early buzz on the freshmen who redshirted \u2014 in particular end Jalen Cochran \u2014 is favorable. The coaching staff also is combing the high school and JC ranks for big-bodied linemen who can hold up against the run.

But as much as the defensive line was derided in 2016 for its lack of size and depth, it isn\u2019t the area of greatest concern entering next season.

2. Who\u2019s going to play linebacker for the Wildcats in 2017?

No position will experience greater turnover than linebacker \u2014 particularly at the \u201cMike\u201d and \u201cWill\u201d positions.

Arizona loses four seniors who played the majority of the snaps at those spots: Michael Barton, Paul Magloire Jr., Jake Matthews and Cody Ippolito. The four combined for 205 tackles, 18 stops for losses, 7.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. That\u2019s a lot of production.

Where it\u2019s going to come from in 2017 is one of the most fascinating subplots of the offseason.

Unless Arizona moves John Kenny from \u201cStud\u201d to \u201cMike\u201d \u2014 or can find a Barton-esque grad transfer \u2014 whoever plays there will have little if any Division I college experience.

On the current roster, players who should be in the mix include Brandon Rutt (who had 19 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception this year), Carrington Vaughn, Jacob Colacion and Kahi Neves. Colacion and Neves redshirted as freshmen this season.

Incoming freshmen to watch included Bryce Brand, Joshua Brown, Tony Fields and Delshawn Phillips. As with safety this year, the freshman linebackers will have every opportunity to play right away.

The Wildcats need to get faster at linebacker, regardless of who ends up playing there. The aforementioned senior linebackers were credited with just two pass breakups and had zero interceptions.

Arizona blitzes its linebackers a lot, and the \u201cStud\u201d position is essentially an OLB-DE hybrid. DeAndre\u2019 Miller got off to a promising start there before suffering an ankle injury that derailed his season. He didn\u2019t really look like himself again until the ASU game. Miller has all the tools. But like Nick Wilson on offense, it\u2019s all about being able to stay healthy.

3. How much can we reasonably expect the Arizona defense to improve next season?

As was the case coming into this year, expectations need to be tempered. With youth comes mistakes. Ideally, those errors will be offset by more playmaking.

As mentioned at the top, Arizona\u2019s defense actually got slightly worse in its first year under Yates. The Wildcats allowed 2.5 more points per game and 2.4 more yards. The UA moved up within the Pac-12 in both categories, from 10th to ninth, but only because several other teams (ASU, Oregon, Cal) regressed even more.

If the Wildcats can rise to the middle of the pack in those stats and others, it would make a significant difference. Generating more turnovers has been a focal point since the new staff was put in place, and it will remain one. Arizona\u2019s 14 takeaways rank 11th in the Pac-12. That\u2019s just not good enough.

No stat is more alarming than the Wildcats\u2019 defensive third-down percentage. Arizona allowed opponents to convert 52.6 percent of their third downs, the worst rate in the nation entering this weekend\u2019s games. Rodriguez spoke often about the defense \u201cnot getting home\u201d enough in obvious passing situations. It speaks to the need for more players who can make game-changing plays.

Rodriguez and the staff like what\u2019s coming. They like some of what\u2019s already in place. They believe it\u2019s only a matter of time before the defense takes a leap forward.

When that happens precisely is anyone\u2019s guess.

"}, {"id":"9b7f9110-b99c-11e6-a00f-e7389f620ad0","type":"collection","starttime":"1480815900","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T18:45:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480828196","sections":[{"gallery":"gallery"},{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Photos: No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs 69, No. 16 Arizona Wildcats 62","url":"http://tucson.com/gallery/collection_9b7f9110-b99c-11e6-a00f-e7389f620ad0.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/gallery/photos-no-gonzaga-bulldogs-no-arizona-wildcats/collection_9b7f9110-b99c-11e6-a00f-e7389f620ad0.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/gallery/photos-no-gonzaga-bulldogs-no-arizona-wildcats/collection_9b7f9110-b99c-11e6-a00f-e7389f620ad0.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":28,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The Wildcats couldn't keep up with the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Los Angeles Saturday.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"paging_gallery","images":[{"id":"12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) gets his hand on a shot from Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1541,"hiresheight":2006,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/21/12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465/5843732899aec.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"477","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/21/12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465/58437328975d7.image.jpg?resize=477%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/21/12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465/58437328975d7.image.jpg?crop=1262%2C709%2C0%2C60&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/21/12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465/58437328975d7.image.jpg?crop=1262%2C709%2C0%2C60&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/21/12126e0e-b9c2-11e6-bb43-3fe82065b465/58437328975d7.image.jpg?crop=1262%2C709%2C0%2C60&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) collects a defensive rebound during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1899,"hiresheight":2361,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/dd/1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b/5843733980dd6.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"499","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/dd/1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b/584373397d456.image.jpg?resize=499%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"124","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/dd/1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b/584373397d456.image.jpg?resize=100%2C124"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"373","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/dd/1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b/584373397d456.image.jpg?resize=300%2C373"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1273","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/dd/1dd246f6-b9c2-11e6-9a48-a7454f493c6b/584373397d456.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1273"}}},{"id":"2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) steals away an defensive rebound from Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1812,"hiresheight":2257,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a7/2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663/5843734f5be04.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"498","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a7/2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663/5843734f58605.image.jpg?resize=498%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"124","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a7/2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663/5843734f58605.image.jpg?resize=100%2C124"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"373","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a7/2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663/5843734f58605.image.jpg?resize=300%2C373"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1275","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a7/2a7c4d0c-b9c2-11e6-86f4-cb5fb42d9663/5843734f58605.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1275"}}},{"id":"3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) defends Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2297,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/51/3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971/58437363d9f20.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"475","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/51/3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971/58437363d4bd7.image.jpg?resize=475%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"131","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/51/3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971/58437363d4bd7.image.jpg?resize=100%2C131"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"392","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/51/3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971/58437363d4bd7.image.jpg?resize=300%2C392"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1337","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/51/3510cb6c-b9c2-11e6-a35b-8bb961bbf971/58437363d4bd7.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1337"}}},{"id":"40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kobi Simmons (2) streaks around a screen from Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) in pursuit of guard Jordan Mathews (4)during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2468,"hiresheight":1747,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0f/40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971/5843737539a40.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"439","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0f/40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971/5843737535a62.image.jpg?resize=620%2C439"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"71","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0f/40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971/5843737535a62.image.jpg?resize=100%2C71"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"212","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0f/40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971/5843737535a62.image.jpg?resize=300%2C212"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"725","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/0f/40f1e5ba-b9c2-11e6-880d-1bc760388971/5843737535a62.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C725"}}},{"id":"4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) puts up a shot in traffic during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2981,"hiresheight":2232,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/ac/4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e/5843738ad0b9c.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"464","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/ac/4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e/5843738acc6ea.image.jpg?resize=620%2C464"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/ac/4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e/5843738acc6ea.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"224","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/ac/4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e/5843738acc6ea.image.jpg?resize=300%2C224"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"766","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/ac/4ac59686-b9c2-11e6-9531-b77bd144354e/5843738acc6ea.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C766"}}},{"id":"583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) is pressured by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5), right, and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2501,"hiresheight":1693,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/83/583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94/5843739b1c006.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"419","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/83/583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94/5843739b19377.image.jpg?resize=620%2C419"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"68","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/83/583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94/5843739b19377.image.jpg?resize=100%2C68"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"203","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/83/583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94/5843739b19377.image.jpg?resize=300%2C203"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"693","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/83/583103c8-b9c2-11e6-914d-434e88027e94/5843739b19377.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C693"}}},{"id":"6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) looks for a shot around Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1951,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/15/6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a/584373abc4bae.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"403","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/15/6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a/584373abc07a7.image.jpg?resize=403%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"154","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/15/6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a/584373abc07a7.image.jpg?resize=100%2C154"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"461","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/15/6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a/584373abc07a7.image.jpg?resize=300%2C461"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1574","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/15/6158d188-b9c2-11e6-b4cb-d3c531f7b65a/584373abc07a7.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1574"}}},{"id":"6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) drives between Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2195,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/b7/6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd/584373bd8622c.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"454","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/b7/6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd/584373bd81784.image.jpg?resize=454%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"137","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/b7/6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd/584373bd81784.image.jpg?resize=100%2C137"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"410","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/b7/6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd/584373bd81784.image.jpg?resize=300%2C410"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1399","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/b7/6b77a572-b9c2-11e6-9204-ab05816489dd/584373bd81784.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1399"}}},{"id":"763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) strains for a shot around Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zach Collins (32) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2161,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/63/763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2/584373cf61de3.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"447","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/63/763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2/584373cf5d9fd.image.jpg?resize=447%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"139","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/63/763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2/584373cf5d9fd.image.jpg?resize=100%2C139"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"416","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/63/763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2/584373cf5d9fd.image.jpg?resize=300%2C416"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1421","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/63/763d793c-b9c2-11e6-b557-7fb0a5ca20a2/584373cf5d9fd.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1421"}}},{"id":"80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) has shit shot blocked by Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1956,"hiresheight":2673,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/0c/80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb/584373e0127ca.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"454","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/0c/80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb/584373dff40c9.image.jpg?resize=454%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"137","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/0c/80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb/584373dff40c9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C137"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"410","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/0c/80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb/584373dff40c9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C410"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1399","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/0c/80cd11be-b9c2-11e6-9ca1-d36a9e26bfcb/584373dff40c9.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1399"}}},{"id":"8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) runs out of real estate up against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zach Collins (32) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2591,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/a9/8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f/584373f3532c5.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"536","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/a9/8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f/584373f34dd1f.image.jpg?resize=536%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"116","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/a9/8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f/584373f34dd1f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C116"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"347","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/a9/8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f/584373f34dd1f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C347"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1185","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/a9/8a9f2e84-b9c2-11e6-ac37-db646953e27f/584373f34dd1f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1185"}}},{"id":"a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) leaps to put in a shot over Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2227,"hiresheight":2737,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/15/a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75/584374199fd5a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"505","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/15/a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75/584374199b962.image.jpg?resize=505%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"123","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/15/a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75/584374199b962.image.jpg?resize=100%2C123"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"369","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/15/a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75/584374199b962.image.jpg?resize=300%2C369"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1258","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/15/a15ce896-b9c2-11e6-b61b-23c86f503d75/584374199b962.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1258"}}},{"id":"ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45","description":"Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller reacts to a poor possession during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2720,"hiresheight":2386,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/d6/ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45/5843742db9798.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"544","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/d6/ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45/5843742db5623.image.jpg?resize=620%2C544"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"88","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/d6/ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45/5843742db5623.image.jpg?resize=100%2C88"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"263","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/d6/ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45/5843742db5623.image.jpg?resize=300%2C263"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"898","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/d6/ad66d71e-b9c2-11e6-8293-4b263217cf45/5843742db5623.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C898"}}},{"id":"c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b","description":"The Gonzaga Bulldogs bench, and center Przemek Karnowski (24) react during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":2094,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/73/c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b/5843760ebee7e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"433","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/73/c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b/5843760eb9f85.image.jpg?resize=620%2C433"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"70","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/73/c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b/5843760eb9f85.image.jpg?resize=100%2C70"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"209","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/73/c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b/5843760eb9f85.image.jpg?resize=300%2C209"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"714","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/73/c7387412-b9c3-11e6-ab9f-47056ff36b9b/5843760eb9f85.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C714"}}},{"id":"db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins (1) loses handle of the ball as Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) sneaks a hand in during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2830,"hiresheight":2096,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/b7/db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b/58437625bf4b3.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"459","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/b7/db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b/58437625bb680.image.jpg?resize=620%2C459"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/b7/db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b/58437625bb680.image.jpg?resize=100%2C74"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"222","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/b7/db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b/58437625bb680.image.jpg?resize=300%2C222"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"758","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/b7/db7eb2e2-b9c3-11e6-8baa-d77956476a0b/58437625bb680.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C758"}}},{"id":"e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329","description":"Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) shoots a jumper during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":2287,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/60/e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329/58437638e77dd.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"473","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/60/e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329/58437638e30d4.image.jpg?resize=620%2C473"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/60/e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329/58437638e30d4.image.jpg?crop=1649%2C927%2C0%2C27&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/60/e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329/58437638e30d4.image.jpg?crop=1649%2C927%2C0%2C27&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/60/e60b887a-b9c3-11e6-bcbd-db45f7dd6329/58437638e30d4.image.jpg?crop=1649%2C927%2C0%2C27&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"f11a82f2-b9c3-11e6-8920-37eddb09d7c6","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins (1) has to catch his breath after a physical defensive bout during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"445","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/11/f11a82f2-b9c3-11e6-8920-37eddb09d7c6/5843764d40bd5.image.jpg?resize=620%2C445"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/11/f11a82f2-b9c3-11e6-8920-37eddb09d7c6/5843764d40bd5.image.jpg?crop=1699%2C955%2C0%2C23&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/11/f11a82f2-b9c3-11e6-8920-37eddb09d7c6/5843764d40bd5.image.jpg?crop=1699%2C955%2C0%2C23&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/11/f11a82f2-b9c3-11e6-8920-37eddb09d7c6/5843764d40bd5.image.jpg?crop=1699%2C955%2C0%2C23&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) guards Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2046,"hiresheight":2737,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d2/fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae/5843765f13266.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"464","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d2/fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae/5843765f0f91c.image.jpg?resize=464%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"134","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d2/fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae/5843765f0f91c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C134"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"401","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d2/fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae/5843765f0f91c.image.jpg?resize=300%2C401"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1369","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d2/fd2cce38-b9c3-11e6-af65-5b75c94790ae/5843765f0f91c.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1369"}}},{"id":"079ba7a4-b9c4-11e6-99da-5bba3e015412","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins (1) tries to lay in a shot around Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"498","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/79/079ba7a4-b9c4-11e6-99da-5bba3e015412/5843767355e50.image.jpg?resize=498%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/79/079ba7a4-b9c4-11e6-99da-5bba3e015412/5843767355e50.image.jpg?crop=1290%2C725%2C0%2C4&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/79/079ba7a4-b9c4-11e6-99da-5bba3e015412/5843767355e50.image.jpg?crop=1290%2C725%2C0%2C4&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/79/079ba7a4-b9c4-11e6-99da-5bba3e015412/5843767355e50.image.jpg?crop=1290%2C725%2C0%2C4&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e","description":"Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) loses handle of a shot as he's guarded by Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1573,"hiresheight":2096,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/3e/13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e/58437684bd0f8.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"465","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/3e/13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e/58437684ba474.image.jpg?resize=465%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"133","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/3e/13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e/58437684ba474.image.jpg?resize=100%2C133"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"400","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/3e/13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e/58437684ba474.image.jpg?resize=300%2C400"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1364","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/3e/13e96604-b9c4-11e6-9a90-07a4301c925e/58437684ba474.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1364"}}},{"id":"1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) reacts after contact during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2284,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/de/1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524/584376960f921.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"472","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/de/1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524/584376960b454.image.jpg?resize=472%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"131","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/de/1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524/584376960b454.image.jpg?resize=100%2C131"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"394","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/de/1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524/584376960b454.image.jpg?resize=300%2C394"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1344","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/de/1de53c78-b9c4-11e6-86fc-afc3d5b3f524/584376960b454.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1344"}}},{"id":"2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) dishes out the ball as he bears down on Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) in the paint during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2921,"hiresheight":1929,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/83/2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3/584376aa2a96e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"409","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/83/2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3/584376aa26fde.image.jpg?resize=620%2C409"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"66","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/83/2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3/584376aa26fde.image.jpg?resize=100%2C66"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"198","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/83/2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3/584376aa26fde.image.jpg?resize=300%2C198"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"676","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/83/2832ad46-b9c4-11e6-836c-c7708b07ece3/584376aa26fde.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C676"}}},{"id":"342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15","description":"Arizona Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins (1) looks for room around Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jordan Mathews (4) during the second half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Gonzaga won 69-62. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2637,"hiresheight":1909,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/42/342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15/584376bb9748f.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"449","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/42/342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15/584376bb93ebb.image.jpg?resize=620%2C449"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"72","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/42/342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15/584376bb93ebb.image.jpg?resize=100%2C72"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"217","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/42/342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15/584376bb93ebb.image.jpg?resize=300%2C217"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"741","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/42/342edfb6-b9c4-11e6-b000-fb8dd04f1b15/584376bb93ebb.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C741"}}},{"id":"870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1","description":"The Arizona Wildcats huddle after team intros during the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2015,"hiresheight":3000,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1/584383082f76f.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"417","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1/584383082c327.image.jpg?resize=417%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1/584383082c327.image.jpg?crop=1180%2C663%2C0%2C385&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1/584383082c327.image.jpg?crop=1180%2C663%2C0%2C385&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/70/870d0c60-b9cb-11e6-9184-2f4029b8c1b1/584383082c327.image.jpg?crop=1180%2C663%2C0%2C385&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd","description":"Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) absorbs a bump from Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2682,"hiresheight":2075,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c20394.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"479","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=620%2C479"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"77","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=100%2C77"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"232","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=300%2C232"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"792","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/44/944ba71a-b9cb-11e6-b359-57cd9c6dc6fd/5843831c1b8d2.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C792"}}},{"id":"9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58","description":"during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":4896,"hiresheight":3264,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/fd/9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58/58438332d2d2e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"413","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/fd/9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58/58438332c8bcc.image.jpg?resize=620%2C413"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/fd/9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58/58438332c8bcc.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/fd/9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58/58438332c8bcc.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/fd/9fddd940-b9cb-11e6-b716-5b43509dda58/58438332c8bcc.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a","description":"Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) can only shrug after earning a whistle from an official during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":2404,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e3/ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a/58438347b12dc.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"497","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e3/ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a/58438347ac640.image.jpg?resize=620%2C497"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"80","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e3/ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a/58438347ac640.image.jpg?resize=100%2C80"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"240","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e3/ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a/58438347ac640.image.jpg?resize=300%2C240"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"820","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e3/ae36ccae-b9cb-11e6-96a2-abbb1deb0d4a/58438347ac640.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C820"}}}],"revision":9}, {"id":"3749aae2-b99b-11e6-908f-e73f3725aa59","type":"article","starttime":"1480813500","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T18:05:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480830655","sections":[{"arizonawildcats":"sports/arizonawildcats"},{"gallery":"gallery"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Gonzaga beats Arizona Wildcats 69-62","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/article_3749aae2-b99b-11e6-908f-e73f3725aa59.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/gonzaga-beats-arizona-wildcats/article_3749aae2-b99b-11e6-908f-e73f3725aa59.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/gonzaga-beats-arizona-wildcats/article_3749aae2-b99b-11e6-908f-e73f3725aa59.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":2,"audio":0,"image":2,"link":1,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"LOS ANGELES \u2013 With Parker Jackson-Cartwright joining Allonzo Trier on the Arizona bench, the Wildcats sputtered on both ends of the court early and never fully recovered in a 69-62 loss to Gonzaga today at Staples Center. Gonzaga hit six 3-pointers to lead by 12 at halftime, then expanded its lead by up to 16 points before the Wildcats made it interesting in the final minutes. But the Wildcats could never cut Gonzaga's lead to less than five points, while guard Kadeem Allen fouled out in the final seconds.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick","#topstory"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c","description":"Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller reacts to a poor possession during the first half of the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2720,"hiresheight":2386,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/69/869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c/58435766aceb3.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"544","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/69/869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c/58435766a86f8.image.jpg?resize=620%2C544"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"88","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/69/869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c/58435766a86f8.image.jpg?resize=100%2C88"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"263","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/69/869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c/58435766a86f8.image.jpg?resize=300%2C263"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"898","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/69/869a1a4e-b9b1-11e6-af5d-337c23ffed2c/58435766a86f8.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C898"}}},{"id":"b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76","description":"Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) throws down a dunk during a shootaround before the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 16 University of Arizona Wildcats college basketball game on Dec. 3, 2016, in Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","byline":"Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":1084,"hiresheight":1546,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/96/b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76/58434548a1833.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"435","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/96/b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76/584345489f939.image.jpg?resize=435%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/96/b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76/584345489f939.image.jpg?crop=1084%2C609%2C0%2C553&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/96/b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76/584345489f939.image.jpg?crop=1084%2C609%2C0%2C553&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/96/b963a770-b9a6-11e6-b817-a7942ea4fc76/584345489f939.image.jpg?crop=1084%2C609%2C0%2C553&resize=1024%2C575&order=crop%2Cresize"}}}],"links":[{"id":"3038cc80-b99e-11e6-b55a-8b14fa88a865","type":"link","starttime":"1480800600","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T14:30:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480823982","sections":[{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Fan Chat Rewind: No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs Take Down No. 16 Arizona Wildcats 69-62","permalink":"http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Live_fan_chat_No_16_Arizona_Wildcats_vs_No_8_Gonzaga_Bulldogs","canonical":"http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Live_fan_chat_No_16_Arizona_Wildcats_vs_No_8_Gonzaga_Bulldogs","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The Wildcats couldn't recover in a 69-62 loss to Gonzaga today at Staples Center.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick","#topstory"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"15a4bce4-b1bf-11e6-a0b2-231dad8032d6","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/5a/15a4bce4-b1bf-11e6-a0b2-231dad8032d6/58360235a0581.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/5a/15a4bce4-b1bf-11e6-a0b2-231dad8032d6/58360235a0581.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/5a/15a4bce4-b1bf-11e6-a0b2-231dad8032d6/58360235a0581.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/5a/15a4bce4-b1bf-11e6-a0b2-231dad8032d6/58360235a0581.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":13,"url":"http://live.azstarnet.com/Event/Live_fan_chat_No_16_Arizona_Wildcats_vs_No_8_Gonzaga_Bulldogs"}],"revision":25,"commentID":"3749aae2-b99b-11e6-908f-e73f3725aa59","body":"

LOS ANGELES \u2013 With Parker Jackson-Cartwright joining Allonzo Trier on the Arizona bench, the Wildcats sputtered on both ends of the court early and never fully recovered in a 69-62 loss to Gonzaga today at Staples Center.

Gonzaga hit six 3-pointers to lead by 12 at halftime, then expanded its lead by up to 16 points before the Wildcats made it interesting in the final minutes. But the Wildcats could never cut Gonzaga's lead to less than five points, while guard Kadeem Allen fouled out in the final seconds.

Arizona was down to only seven scholarship players, after Jackson-Cartwright suffered a high ankle sprain on Wednesday against Texas Southern and Trier missed another game with his season-long eligibility issue.

Trier made his first road trip with the Wildcats this season, sparking renewed speculation that he might play, but he instead joined Jackson-Cartwright and UA\u2019s other injured players on the team bench.

Without Jackson-Cartwright, the Wildcat offense struggled noticeably in the first half, committing nine turnovers and shooting just 35.7 percent before halftime. They recovered somewhat in the second half, but were never a factor from 3-point range and couldn\u2019t offset an unusually rough shooting game from Lauri Markkanen.

Markkanen was just 4 of 14 from the field and missed all three 3-pointers he took. While Markkanen finished with 14 points, Rawle Alkins led UA with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski led the Zags with 18 points, pushing his weight around the basket to hit 9 of 13 field goals.

The Wildcats allowed Gonzaga to shoot 6 of 13 three-pointers in the first half, but kept the Zags to just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc in the second half to help make the game more competitive.

Down by 12 at halftime, Arizona pulled out occasional rallies to keep the margin from growing. They held Gonzaga scoreless for over three minutes midaway through the half, while cutting it to 49-38 on a layup from Dusan Ristic with 12:04 left.

The Wildcats later cut it to single digits, 59-50, on a jumper by Markkanen with 5:34 to go and after both teams missed shots, Rawle Alkins banked in a 12-footer to cut it to seven to make it close for the final four minutes.

In the first half, Gonzaga punctured Arizona\u2019s shorthanded defense with six 3-pointers en route to a 38-26 halftime lead.

It took Gonzaga only 47 seconds to set the tone, getting 3-pointers from Jordan Mathews and Nigel Williams-Goss during that span to take a quick 6-0 lead. At the first media timeout, Gonzaga took a 17-5 lead by hitting 6 of 8 shots from the field overall, and UA trailed by a double-digit deficit for most of the first half.

While Gonzaga hit 6 of 13 3-pointers in the first half, Polish center Przemek Karnowski hurt the Wildcats inside, scoring eight points in just 10 minutes before halftime.

It was only the Bulldogs' second win in eight games against the Wildcats. The teams have been playing once a season since 2013-14, and will play next season in Phoenix. Both are also participating in the 2018-19 Maui Invitational.

"}, {"id":"7d02cb40-b9a5-11e6-8901-53911912e956","type":"article","starttime":"1480803060","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T15:11:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480972950","priority":45,"sections":[{"pascoe":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe"},{"basketball":"sports/arizonawildcats/basketball"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Arizona basketball: Allonzo Trier not playing vs. Gonzaga","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/article_7d02cb40-b9a5-11e6-8901-53911912e956.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/arizona-basketball-allonzo-trier-not-playing-vs-gonzaga/article_7d02cb40-b9a5-11e6-8901-53911912e956.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/basketball/pascoe/arizona-basketball-allonzo-trier-not-playing-vs-gonzaga/article_7d02cb40-b9a5-11e6-8901-53911912e956.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"LOS ANGELES -- Although Arizona guard Allonzo Trier made his first road trip with the Arizona Wildcats today, he will not play against Gonzaga. Trier accompanied the Wildcats on their team and booster flight to Los Angeles on Friday and took part in some early warmups at the Staples Center. But he sat out final warmups along with injured teammates Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Ray Smith.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["arizona wildcats basketball","allonzo trier"],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#toptwo","#editorspick"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10","description":"Allonzo Trier traveled with the Wildcats to the Staples Center on Saturday, but didn't play against Gonzaga.","byline":"Mike Christy Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"403","height":"620","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?resize=403%2C620"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/cf/ccf5ae00-b9a6-11e6-b336-970542cbdf10/58434595483b4.image.jpg?crop=665%2C374%2C0%2C12"}}}],"revision":17,"commentID":"7d02cb40-b9a5-11e6-8901-53911912e956","body":"

LOS ANGELES -- Although Arizona guard Allonzo Trier made his first road trip with the Arizona Wildcats today, he will not play against Gonzaga.

Trier accompanied the Wildcats on their team and booster flight to Los Angeles on Friday and took part in some early warmups at the Staples Center. But he sat out final warmups along with injured teammates Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Ray Smith.

Trier will have now missed eight games and two exhibition games because of an NCAA eligibility issue that appears to be under appeal.

Players ineligible under NCAA rules often must pay their own way to road trips, though there are exceptions. Trier did not accompany the Wildcats to Honolulu or Las Vegas earlier this month.

"}, {"id":"df0fdb8f-1aa8-59c9-aa27-a455b568f55a","type":"article","starttime":"1480801500","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T14:45:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480877101","priority":41,"sections":[{"sports":"sports"},{"local":"sports/local"},{"roadrunners":"sports/roadrunners"}],"flags":{"web_only":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Weeks after Cunningham's collapse, Tucson Roadrunners slowly finding their way","url":"http://tucson.com/sports/article_df0fdb8f-1aa8-59c9-aa27-a455b568f55a.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/sports/weeks-after-cunningham-s-collapse-tucson-roadrunners-slowly-finding-their/article_df0fdb8f-1aa8-59c9-aa27-a455b568f55a.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/sports/weeks-after-cunningham-s-collapse-tucson-roadrunners-slowly-finding-their/article_df0fdb8f-1aa8-59c9-aa27-a455b568f55a.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":4,"audio":0,"image":4,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By Jon Gold Arizona Daily Star","prologue":"Here's how Tucson's AHL team rallied, responded in the days after the captain's medical emergency.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["tucson roadrunners","craig cunningham","doug soetaert","mark lamb","eric selleck"],"internalKeywords":["#latest","#editorspick","#top5sports"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d","description":"Wendy Hanna signs a get-well card for Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham while her husband, Eric, waits his turn.","byline":"A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":1929,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/40/b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d/5843343519528.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"399","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/40/b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d/58433434b684f.image.jpg?resize=620%2C399"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/40/b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d/58433434b684f.image.jpg?crop=1795%2C1009%2C0%2C0&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/40/b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d/58433434b684f.image.jpg?crop=1795%2C1009%2C0%2C0&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/40/b4033c4e-d78a-509e-8784-a39e4970b23d/58433434b684f.image.jpg?crop=1795%2C1009%2C0%2C0&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"8540ef3d-d166-5303-b216-40466caa485b","description":"General manager Doug Soetaert\u2019s Tucson Roadrunners will play 21 weekend games at Tucson Convention Center this season.","byline":"Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"432","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/54/8540ef3d-d166-5303-b216-40466caa485b/57996aeb5cba4.image.jpg?resize=620%2C432"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/54/8540ef3d-d166-5303-b216-40466caa485b/57996aeb5cba4.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C576%2C0%2C41&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/54/8540ef3d-d166-5303-b216-40466caa485b/57996aeb5cba4.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C576%2C0%2C41&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/54/8540ef3d-d166-5303-b216-40466caa485b/57996aeb5cba4.image.jpg?crop=1024%2C576%2C0%2C41&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71","description":"Tucson Roadrunners coach Mark Lamb says the team has been improving in each of its first three games.","byline":"Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2400,"hiresheight":1600,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/28/a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71/57f4377961b87.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"413","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/28/a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71/57f437792ebee.image.jpg?resize=620%2C413"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/28/a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71/57f437792ebee.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C91&resize=100%2C56&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/28/a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71/57f437792ebee.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C91&resize=300%2C169&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/28/a2805653-65b6-5af1-839b-a5b7a97eef71/57f437792ebee.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C991%2C0%2C91&resize=1024%2C576&order=crop%2Cresize"}}},{"id":"5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a","description":"Eric Selleck: \u201cEveryone looks to the team leaders ... and I\u2019m one of those guys, and honestly I didn\u2019t know what to do.\u201d","byline":"Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star","hireswidth":2400,"hiresheight":1493,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/dc/5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a/57f437772520d.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"386","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/dc/5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a/57f43776dde49.image.jpg?resize=620%2C386"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"62","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/dc/5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a/57f43776dde49.image.jpg?resize=100%2C62"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"187","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/dc/5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a/57f43776dde49.image.jpg?resize=300%2C187"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"637","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/dc/5dc533c0-97fb-5f69-a71a-73d4cf4c9f7a/57f43776dde49.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C637"}}}],"revision":15,"commentID":"df0fdb8f-1aa8-59c9-aa27-a455b568f55a","body":"

The arena goes quiet just before the puck is to drop. Gasps pour out, followed by light chattering. A leader is down, a friend. Time stands still. A chill comes over an already chilly hockey game. Parents hug their children. Strangers hug each other. Tears well in the corners of eyes. In the moments to come, a parade of heroes fights to save a life, and four men fight to save a season.

The 26-year-old team captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, Craig Cunningham, has dropped to the ice, convulsing. He has lost consciousness. His heart stops.

Here\u2019s what happens next:

The team president

Bob Hoffman was high above the rink, watching the national anthem from his perch up on the runway. He was excited for the Nov. 19 Roadrunners game, the seventh scheduled home contest in team history.

The team has been a boon to the city so far, a real taste of professional sports played inside a remodeled arena. For a city without a major league sports franchise, the Roadrunners have been a shot in the arm.

Hoffman is in the middle of it all after being promoted to team president in mid-September, replacing the short-lived Brian Sandy.

Hoffman loves taking it all in. He\u2019s been involved in the sport for nearly two decades, most recently as the executive vice president for the ECHL\u2019s Quad City Mallards.

He\u2019s never seen anything like this.

Cunningham fell to the ice, and within five seconds, Hoffman was sprinting for the stairs.

\u201cAt points you think back, and it feels like it took forever, and sometimes it felt like a millisecond,\u201d he said.

Hoffman initially thought the forward had slipped and hit his head, but then two officials skated over and beckoned for medical help.

Trainers from both the Roadrunners and their opponent, the Manitoba Moose, bolted toward the ice. A group of local firemen who happened to be on the ice performing the national anthem as a Scottish bagpipe and drum band jetted over to help. Within seconds, Cunningham\u2019s jersey was cut off and medics performed chest compressions. He was placed on a stretcher and hurried out.

Hoffman quickly made it down to the home-team corner, his mind racing as quickly as his feet.

\u201cI\u2019ve been in the sport a long time, and I\u2019ve seen on-ice injuries, but I\u2019ve never seen anything like that,\u201d he said.

In the moments after, Hoffman had dual purposes.

\u201cI felt for Craig, but the attention he was receiving \u2014 they got to him quickly \u2014 that made me switch up,\u201d he said. \u201cHow are the players? How are the officials going to deal with this? We have a very young staff, and for most, it\u2019s their first time in hockey, and a lot of them got a good look at what was happening. Then it was about trying to make sure everything got checked off, whether it be for one minute, 10 minutes or an hour.\u201d

Hoffman quickly huddled with Tucson general manager Doug Soetaert behind the rink. The general manager of Manitoba, Craig Helsinger, happened to be at the game that night, too. The three discussed postponing the game.

\u201cI think what we noticed was the state the players were in, just seeing their facial expressions,\u201d Hoffman said.

They called American Hockey League officials, and within 10 minutes, a decision was made.

\u201cWe just realized there was no way we could put on a game,\u201d Hoffman said. \u201cIt was the psyche of players, but also the staff.\u201d

Hoffman remembers being backstage, looking at Soetaert, mouth agape, his mind a jumble.

What do we do now?

The general manager

Soetaert is, like Hoffman, a hockey lifer.

The Roadrunners\u2019 general manager played professional puck for years; after a half-decade bouncing between the AHL and the NHL\u2019s New York Rangers, he finally hooked on for good with the Winnipeg Jets in 1981. Soetaert played for the Montreal Canadiens and eventually hung up the skates back with the Rangers in 1987. He played with Mark Messier, went mano-a-mano with Patrick Roy, faced a Wayne Gretzky breakaway, for heaven\u2019s sake. He knows hockey.

Soetaert was a goaltender, after all; he\u2019s a protector.

That Saturday night, he\u2019d turned away just before the opening face-off and looked back, sitting up above in the press box. He looked back and saw someone on the ice. He didn\u2019t know who it was or what was happening.

Soetaert realized as soon as everyone else did that it was Cunningham, his dimpled team captain.

\u201cI thought he tripped and was laying there being silly, and then he laid there and laid there, and when you see the refs send the trainers over, you know it\u2019s serious,\u201d Soetaert said. \u201cIt was a traumatic experience visualizing what was going on. You could hear first responders working on him right away.\u201d

He remembers huddling backstage with Hoffman. Soetaert recalls the moment that he found out that Cunningham\u2019s mother, Heather, was in the stands. She had arrived that day from Trail, British Columbia.

Soetaert immediately went to look after her.

\u201cWe had to comfort her, first and foremost,\u201d he said. \u201cI made sure she was looked after.\u201d

Public address announcer Dave Lieb informed the crowd that the game was postponed, and most of the players bolted to St. Mary\u2019s Hospital, less than two miles from the arena.

Soetaert said that Heather accepted a ride to the hospital, still stunned at the scene that had unfolded, and by the time everyone got out, \u201cIt was 10 to 15 minutes later,\u201d Soetaert said.

It was a touch-and-go situation. Numerous code blues.

Soetaert felt for Heather. He attended the meetings with numerous doctors, nurses and specialists, right by her side.

\u201cIt was a real-life situation that she was going through, and we couldn\u2019t let her do that by herself,\u201d he said. \u201cShe was in very bad shape, seeing her son laying there, trying to understand why this happened. We were trying to comfort her. Everyone wants to know what\u2019s going on, and we were trying to keep the players as informed as possible.\u201d

Around 1 a.m., a specialist from Banner-University Medical Center arrived and performed a major operation, which Soetaert said is believed to be the first time a doctor has gone from UMC to St. Mary\u2019s to perform a surgery to stabilize a patient.

After his condition was stabilized, players started to filter out in groups. It was approaching 3 a.m.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t only players and staffs working together, it was the doctors at both St. Mary\u2019s and UMC,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was just an unbelievable scene of people working together, right from the beginning until the end of the night. Everybody was pulling and praying, there was great communication from the doctors. And a lot of soul-searching.\u201d

The Roadrunners brought their sports psychologist in on Sunday for counseling. On Monday, the team higher-ups met to determine their course of action. Cunningham\u2019s condition had only slightly improved, and team officials told the media that the captain was \u201ccritically ill.\u201d

So was the psyche of the team.

\u201cWe did not feel very good about the group mentally being ready to play on Tuesday,\u201d Soetaert said. \u201cWe met with our leadership and decided we were too fragile to be playing.\u201d

But they also knew the blunt truth: Despite a tragedy, however stark, a season cannot be canceled.

The Roadrunners postponed two midweek games, but needed to set a return date. And that date would be the following Saturday, Nov. 26.

\u201cI don\u2019t know if you ever get past the anguish, but you have to have a reset button,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have to be mentally and physically ready to play. We all love him, support him, and there was nothing we could do, so we had to get back to some form of normality. As in life, you have to keep moving.\u201d

With so many moving parts, though, normality is a fluid thing. Hoffman estimates that on any given game night, there are roughly 120-130 employees working the game.

Can you ever be normal again after watching something like this?

That night, there were more than 2,000 people in the seats.

That means 4,000 eyes watching heartbreak unfold in real time. At least 50 of those eyes were all on one man: head coach Mark Lamb.

\u201cI acted how I act,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t know if it\u2019s good, bad, whatever, but you have to be an influence, have to be a leader. I thought about that a lot. Have I ever been in a situation like that before? No, but I\u2019ve been in some situations. I wouldn\u2019t say I\u2019m hardened by it, but I\u2019ve seen some things.\u201d

The coach

Lamb grew up on a farm. He calls his clan \u201ca rodeo family,\u201d and in the folksiest of rodeo parlance, he says, \u201cand I seen a lotta wrecks.\u201d A roper and rider himself, he\u2019s been in a few.

\u201cI\u2019ve seen a lot of guys being carried off on stretchers, but you know it\u2019s a broken bone, a shoulder,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cThis is \u2026 this is different. With that, you see a wreck, and you know something bad has happened. The other night, we didn\u2019t see a wreck.

\u201cWe just saw a guy laying on the ice, fighting for his life.\u201d

Like Hoffman and Soetaert and probably everyone else in the arena, the tragedies in his own life came flashing back.

Lamb remembers watching a player break his neck on the ice as a second-year pro. He recalled the 1986 Swift Current bus crash, when the Swift Current Broncos\u2019 team bus hit a patch of black ice and flipped, killing four players.

\u201cI told the guys, this is a game that can bring a lot of joy to your life,\u201d Lamb said, \u201cbut it can also bring sadness, and this is probably the most sadness I\u2019ve ever seen.\u201d

In that moment, Lamb, a 52-year-old father of three, had to look after two dozen of his other kids.

Standing in the Roadrunners locker room, Lamb wasn\u2019t prepared to address 20-plus physically tough but emotionally broken hockey players. \u201cYou gain some experience, but you\u2019re never ready for something like that, at all,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cYou can\u2019t be ready for that.\u201d

Not only did the horrors he\u2019s seen fill his thoughts, but thoughts of his own family did as well.

Like Soetaert, Lamb said, \u201cYou look and go, oh, my God, what about his parents? You start reflecting on everything, your own family, your own experiences, and those aren\u2019t positive things you\u2019re looking back on. Then as a coach, I\u2019m going, \u2018Wow, I have to be the leader of the ship now?\u2019\u201d

Lamb describes the locker room that followed the incident accurately, if sadly.

\u201cEveryone was in a somber mood, as it should be,\u201d he said.

Lamb could see his players easing back toward normalcy two days later, when they met for an informal skate session.

\u201cI think going out on the ice made everyone a little more comfortable,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cIt\u2019s what we\u2019re used to, and in a bad situation, we felt comfortable together, being at the rink.\u201d

Lamb was involved in the decision to cancel the two midweek games. These are his players, his kids. They weren\u2019t ready.

\u201cYou have to look at the big picture, and at the team,\u201d he said. \u201cWe do have men on the team, but there are still a lot of young kids who\u2019ve never dealt with this kind of situation. When you\u2019re going on the ice, you\u2019re playing to win, and how important was winning at that point? Not at all. For us to cancel the games, give ourselves time to reflect or heal a little bit.

\u201cI didn\u2019t want to coach to win when it didn\u2019t matter.\u201d

The teammate

\u201cFear,\u201d Eric Selleck says.

That sums it up.

One word to describe what it\u2019s like, as a player, to see a friend, a brother, a captain, in such a bleak scenario.

You can\u2019t imagine what it\u2019s like to play the game again.

\u201cI was nervous, I was scared, I was shocked,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cThe whole team was shocked. There\u2019s no way you can watch that happen to somebody, one of your buddies, a team captain, and then continue. It was really needed to take the week.\u201d

And on that night, Selleck was really needed.

Selleck is 29, a decade deep into his professional career. He\u2019s one of the longtooths on the team, a lifetime of hockey worn across his face.

The Roadrunners were not just looking to Lamb on that night, but to their leaders, and as a veteran and assistant captain, eyes were on Selleck, too.

\u201cA lot of guys raced to the hospital, but for me personally, I just sat down, regrouped, and I was one of the last guys over there,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cWe just tried to help one another get through it. Nobody knew exactly what to do, but everyone looks to the team leaders, the older guys, and I\u2019m one of those guys, and honestly I didn\u2019t know what to do.\u201d

At the hospital, players rallied around each other. They laughed, when they could. There were tears. Some were forced into unforeseen roles.

Selleck said Brandon Burlon, a 26-year-old defenseman, stepped up to the plate.

\u201cBurlon was in there talking with his mom, calling the brothers for his mom, and none of us had eaten and he went and got pizza and wings,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cThat night he did a great job. He\u2019s an older guy, he\u2019s been around. Different guys handle those situations differently, and I thought he did a great job with his mother, making calls. When nobody else wanted to leave, he went and did it. It was awesome.\u201d

Awesome is perhaps a strange word to use when describing a harrowing scenario, but when someone rises to confront sadness and fear head-on, it is indeed awe-inspiring.

There are other words to describe this situation. Scarier words.

Cunningham remains in the hospital. The NHL\u2019s Arizona Coyotes, Tucson\u2019s parent club, have offered few details about Cunningham\u2019s status. Former teammate Milan Lucic told NHL.com late last month that Cunningham has \u201cprogressed a lot,\u201d though he remains in and out of consciousness.

There remain many questions. How did this happen? And why?

The Roadrunners rallied around their captain on that night, and around each other, but the wound is still fresh. Who knows if they\u2019ll get answers?

\u201cWe see guys get banged up, break an ankle, and you know what, it\u2019s a thing,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cIt\u2019s just a thing. You know they\u2019re gonna live, gonna be OK, may be out a while, but we know there are steps that are going to get you back in the game.

\u201cWith this \u2026 it is the fear of the unknown.\u201d

"}, {"id":"bc3d1ffe-b991-11e6-99ec-b31705be6db8","type":"collection","starttime":"1480796700","starttime_iso8601":"2016-12-03T13:25:00-07:00","lastupdated":"1480815824","sections":[{"gallery":"gallery"},{"arizonawildcats":"sports/arizonawildcats"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Scouting report \u2014 No. 16 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs","url":"http://tucson.com/gallery/collection_bc3d1ffe-b991-11e6-99ec-b31705be6db8.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/gallery/scouting-report-no-arizona-wildcats-vs-no-gonzaga-bulldogs/collection_bc3d1ffe-b991-11e6-99ec-b31705be6db8.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/gallery/scouting-report-no-arizona-wildcats-vs-no-gonzaga-bulldogs/collection_bc3d1ffe-b991-11e6-99ec-b31705be6db8.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":12,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#latest"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"paging_gallery","revision":10} ]