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Mike Candrea\u2019s 1,500th career win looked similar to numerous others he\u2019s compiled at Arizona.

The Washington softball team tried everything to mix it up to come away with a win against the UA on Sunday. A different lineup, cheering and banging on the drum in the dugout in the third inning instead of the first.

Yet nothing was going to change the outcome. The No. 5-ranked Wildcats finished off an emphatic sweep of the No. 6 Huskies with a 5-2 win at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The Wildcats are now 32-1 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-12, while Washington dropped to 26-6, 3-3 in the Pac-12.

Candrea\u2019s win total is the most in Division I softball. It took him only 1,882 games to reach the mark, the fastest of any coach in any NCAA sport.

Interim athletic director Erika Barnes, who played for Candrea, was on hand for the ceremony to hand him the game ball.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t be happier,\u201d Barnes said. \u201cThere is no better person than coach Candrea. He emulates what you want in a head coach. He keeps things simple. It\u2019s about the love of the game, your passion and your work ethic. It\u2019s not about the stats. It\u2019s about having a smart softball mind on and off the field.

\u201cHe has kept the fundamentals of why this program is so successful in place all these years. He has the same strategy, and it\u2019s a huge tribute to him that other teams are trying to use his blueprint to win.\u201d

For Candrea, who focuses on teaching his players to be prepared for what\u2019s next in life, it was special to have Barnes hand the ball to him.

\u201cI am so proud of Erika,\u201d said Candrea. \u201cIt is one of the feathers in my hat. As a coach, she sets a good example for these players.\u201d

And how does he feel about winning number 1,500?

\u201cI never thought I\u2019d worked a day in my life,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s the people here at Arizona who make it special. I\u2019ve had great players \u2014 the ones you see on the wall (in the outfield at Hillenbrand) and the ones that played today. We set a standard, a high standard for Arizona softball and we are trying to continue to reach it every day.\u201d

His current players were excited, too, as he got drenched with a Gatorade bath after their winning huddle.

Mo Mercado, who broke up a scoreless game in the fourth inning with a two-run home run over the left-field wall, was just one of them.

\u201cIt\u2019s awesome,\u201d said Mercado, who hit her fourth dinger of the season. \u201cComing to a school like this with the tradition of this program and to be here for this milestone is something I will always remember.

\u201cTo play this well against a team like Washington and cap off the weekend with a sweep at home is awesome. It\u2019s a big statement for this team. We have a standard to uphold this year.\u201d

Teammate Alyssa Palomino added her own two-run homer in the fifth inning \u2014 this one over the wall in right-center field.

Danielle O\u2019Toole (16-1) pitched another beauty \u2014 at one point retiring 12 straight batters \u2014 walking one, giving up three hits and two runs. She allowed a two-run homer in the seventh inning and now has a 0.65 ERA.

The UA had held the Huskies scoreless this weekend for 18\u2153 innings before the home run. This is the first time since 2010 that there has been a sweep involving the two teams.

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About a week from now, as the college basketball season comes to a close in Glendale, a flood of \u201cWay-Too-Early\u201d Top 25 picks for 2016-17 will start popping up all over the Internet.

And, especially for the Arizona Wildcats, they really will be Way Too Early.

The Wildcats are scheduled to have arguably the nation\u2019s No. 1 high school player next season, center DeAndre Ayton, but their 2016-17 roster and potential rotation really won\u2019t start shaping up until May.

While UA will likely fall into the eventual preseason Top 25 at some place, how the Wildcats look next season will be determined largely by what happens in the next two months during UA\u2019s annual \u201croster transition\u201d season.

Here are some of the questions ahead:

1. Who\u2019s leaving early?

While UA will lose only one senior, Kadeem Allen, the Wildcats are expected to lose at least two players to professional basketball this spring \u2014 likely Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons, while Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins appear to be considering it.

None of the four would comment on their futures after UA\u2019s season-ending loss to Xavier on Thursday, but some indications have already surfaced.

Markkanen may have arrived at UA with a plan of staying for two years, but his status as a near-certain Top 10 pick means he has strong incentive to leave. Players taken in the Top 10 are guaranteed at least $4.5 million (plus endorsement deals) over two years under the NBA\u2019s rookie salary scale, and a player in that category who gets hurt or fails to improve when returning to school may never see that kind of money again.

Draft Express pegs Markkanen as the No. 8 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who happened to be Markkanen\u2019s favorite team as a youth (though lottery pick positions have not yet been set).

Simmons is a curious case because his playing time and production dropped off rapidly in the last month of the season, and Draft Express noted \u201che\u2019s looked highly dejected and clearly not on the same page with the coaching staff.\u201d But his size, athleticism and shooting ability still make him an intriguing prospect for an NBA team willing to stash him in the D-League and see what happens.

\u201cNBA scouts like Simmons\u2019 talent level but have major concerns about his intangibles, especially considering how much development he still needs in terms of his skill-level and basketball IQ,\u201d Draft Express president Jonathan Givony wrote last week. \u201cHe\u2019s likely to declare for the draft, and will benefit from the advent of the two-way contract (between NBA and D-League), which will allow him to make some decent money while the team that picks him evaluates if he can get his act together in the D-League.\u201d

After opting to come back for his sophomore season last spring, Trier was considered a near-certain NBA departure this year but his 19-game suspension and subsequent half-season of play may have changed that thinking. Givony says he believes Trier will leave if he\u2019s considered a first-round pick, and since Trier is not projected that way as of now by Draft Express, Trier was moved from its 2017 to its 2018 mock draft (at No. 36, in the high second round).

Alkins is listed not far below Trier in Draft Express\u2019 2018 mock, at No. 46, and he\u2019s the No. 70 overall NBA prospect on the list of ESPN analyst Chad Ford. Those projections suggest he\u2019ll need time in the D-League if he opts to leave UA early this spring.

\u201cAlkins is already built like an NBA veteran, and his game is slowly coming around as well,\u201d ESPN posted on Thursday. \u201cWhen he\u2019s hitting shots, rebounding and defending, Arizona is tough to beat. He just needs more consistency.\u201d

Because junior center Dusan Ristic is an skilled 7-footer with a European passport, he always has the option of leaving for pro ball in Europe, as Ukrainian big man Kyryl Natyazhko did after his junior year. But he is expected to return for his senior season, as fellow Serbian Ivan Radenovic did in 2006-07.

2. Who\u2019s transferring?

Since Simmons appears much more likely to turn pro than transfer \u2014 five-star prospects rarely want to sit out a redshirt year anymore \u2014 this question may not be valid this year.

The last two players to make conventional transfers from Arizona were freshman guard Justin Simon (to St. John\u2019s last spring) and freshman forward Craig Victor (to LSU in December 2014). Junior wing Elliott Pitts also transferred to a junior college near his northern California home last summer after he was suspended from UA for sexual misconduct.

Because Arizona\u2019s bench was thin for much of this season, the Wildcats really don\u2019t have anybody else besides Simmons in the disgruntled-end-of-the-bench category who might consider transferring. Center Chance Comanche is at the turning point of his career as a sophomore, and will have stiff competition again for playing time next season, but averaged nearly 20 minutes this season and improved across the board.

3. Who else will sign?

Arizona already has four signees for the recruiting class of 2017 \u2014 Ayton, point guard Alex Barcello of Tempe, shooting guard Brandon Randolph of New York and forward Ira Lee of Los Angeles \u2013 giving them the maximum 13 players on paper for next season. A potential 14th player, forward Ray Smith, will likely move over to a scholarship that will not count against the max because of his career-ending knee injuries.

But UA coach Sean Miller has said he hopes to add a player or two this spring, likely because he\u2019ll lose at least two players early.

UA\u2019s biggest remaining 2017 targets appear to be Delaware point guard Trevon Duval, Michigan wing Brian Bowen and San Diego center Brandon McCoy.

All three of those five-star targets will be joining Ayton in the McDonalds All-American game on Wednesday in Chicago \u2014 with McCoy and Bowen playing with Ayton on the West team, and Duval on the East team.

Miller could also tap into the four-year transfer market, as he has done regularly each spring, getting Ryan Anderson, Dylan Smith, Talbott Denny, Mark Tollefsen and T.J. McConnell (plus juco transfer Kadeem Allen) in recent years.

Two possibilities so far are players Miller targeted out of high school: Duke transfer Chase Jeter, who is seeking a new program closer to his Las Vegas home, and Washington signee Daejon Davis, a guard from Seattle who asked out of his letter-of-intent after Lorenzo Romar was fired.

4. Will any assistant coaches leave?

Two of Miller\u2019s assistant coaches are well-respected former head coaches \u2014 Joe Pasternack and Mark Phelps \u2014 while longtime Miller aide Book Richardson is an exceptionally well-connected and well-liked recruiter, especially in the East.

Pasternack, who has helped Miller land high-profile talents such as Lauri Markkanen and several Oakland Soldiers travel-ball prospects \u2014 had his name floating around Cal\u2019s recent vacancy before assistant Wyking Jones was promoted to replace Cuonzo Martin.

So far, though, the biggest movement in the job market has been by ex-UA assistants: Archie Miller (a UA assistant from 2009-11), left Dayton to become Indiana\u2019s head coach while Ball State coach James Whitford (at Arizona from 2009-13) has been linked to the Duquesne opening and also mentioned as Arch\u2019s possible replacement at Dayton.

5. What will the starting lineup Be?

Unless UA lands Duval, Parker Jackson-Cartwright will likely get the point guard job all to himself next season, while Ristic could find himself paired with Ayton in a big frontcourt just like he was with Markkanen this season (and with Comanche as a super-sub). But filling in the wing spots, until the decisions of Trier, Alkins and Simmons are finalized, makes the rest of it just a guess.

Really, it\u2019s just Way Too Early to tell.

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Vanilla Vick is back in Tucson.

Arizona has added\u00a0B.J. Denker to its staff as an analyst, filling the role vacated by former analyst\u00a0Miguel Reveles, who departed for California earlier this offseason.

Denker is a former Arizona quarterback who spent the last two years on\u00a0Kevin Sumlin's staff at Texas A&M as an offensive graduate assistant. Before that, Denker spent the 2014 season at Arizona as a student assistant.

In 2013, Denker had a solid season as Arizona's starting quarterback, producing 2,516 passing yards, 949 rushing yards and 29 total touchdowns. Denker joined the Wildcats as a junior college transfer from Cerritos College and backed up\u00a0Matt Scott\u00a0during UA coach\u00a0Rich Rodriguez's first year in Tucson.

Had an incredible 2 years at A&M. Thanks Coach Sumlin & everyone I worked w/but now it's back home to the desert. Tucson I'm back! #BearDown pic.twitter.com/ue0drqcAgr

\u2014 BJ Denker (@BJDenker) March 26, 2017

Denker, who has already started working, famously carried the nickname \"Vanilla Vick\" while he played for the Wildcats, a play on his running capabilities as a quarterback, the Vick, of course, referencing longtime NFL quarterback\u00a0Michael Vick.\u00a0

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Oregon State won in its final at-bat for the second time in as many games, handing the Arizona Wildcats a 5-4 defeat Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon.

The UA had tied the game in the top of the ninth on Cory Voss\u2019 first career home run. The Wildcats put a runner on base following Voss\u2019 home run, but he was sunable to score.

The second-ranked Beavers (19-1, 5-0 Pac-12) scored in the bottom of the ninth to win. Oregon State\u2019s leadoff man reached on an error. pinch-runner Preston Jones replaced him and stole second base. UA pitcher Cody Deason struck out OSU\u2019s Adley Rutschman, but the ball skipped away and Jones scored all the way from second base. Saturday\u2019s loss came one night after the Beavers walked off with a 4-3 win.

The ninth-ranked Wildcats received a solid start from Randy Labaut, who allowed three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.

The UA (16-6, 2-3) will wrap up its series in Corvallis on Sunday.

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Maybe it was fitting for the Arizona Wildcats that, in the final minutes of their 2016-17 season, Allonzo Trier largely had the ball in his hands.

Their season, which ended with a loss to Xavier on Thursday in the Sweet 16, was defined by their ever-passionate sophomore wing as much as anyone.

There was the opaque way Arizona handled his 19-game suspension, with the school refusing to even categorize why he was out and Trier later wondering why nobody looked into what it felt like to be him. Fans and media alike wondered for 19 games if he would return that game, the next game or the game after that.

Trier did return Jan. 19, having finally tested clean of a still-unnamed substance that trigged a positive PED test before the season.

That bisected Arizona\u2019s season. With Trier back, the Wildcats meshed well enough to tie for the Pac-12 regular-season title and win the Pac-12 Tournament before they dropped out midway through a preferential NCAA Tournament path to a home state Final Four appearance.

Arizona was 17-2 without Trier, and 15-3 with him.

Bisected.

Maybe better with him. Maybe not. Or maybe about the same.

Whatever the case, Arizona\u2019s best moments this season undisputedly did happen with Trier on the floor.

In Trier\u2019s first game after he was cleared, the Wildcats picked up what was arguably their biggest win of the season, a 96-85 win at UCLA. Back then, Arizona had probably its best chemistry and offensive rhythm of the season, dishing 15 assists, shooting 50 percent from the field and making 9 of 20 3-pointers.

During a five-game midseason stretch that included the UCLA game, UA averaged 16.6 assists and shot 45 percent from the 3-point range. Over their last four games, the Wildcats averaged 10.8 assists and shot 32 percent from 3-point range, including seven 3s out of a season-high 27 long-range attempts against Xavier.

While Trier\u2019s contributions gradually grew to where he became a starter after five games and then UA\u2019s leading scorer, averaging 22.1 points and 60.4 percent 3-point shooting from Feb. 16 to the Pac-12 Tournament final on March 11, some other pieces broke down.

Most notably, UA\u2019s expected NBA lottery pick, Lauri Markkanen, dropped from a 50.5 percent 3-point shooter through Jan. 29 to hitting just 14.2 percent over a four-week stretch from Feb. 4 to March 4.

Markkanen recovered in part by producing more offense and rebounding around the basket, even picking up the Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Feb. 20 for his play in a road sweep of Washington despite making just 1 of 6 3-pointers that weekend. Coach Sean Miller praised him for his expanded offensive game and an improving defense that prompted Miller to put Markkanen on dangerous Saint Mary\u2019s big man Jock Landale in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Markkanen, already an international junior star while playing for his native Finland last summer, acknowledged that his year at Arizona has helped round out his game. He is projected as the No. 8 NBA Draft pick in June by Draft Express.

\u201cI\u2019m trying to focus on different things, rebounding the ball, playing defense,\u201d Markkanen said during his shooting slump, later noting: \u201cI can\u2019t just rely on my jump shot. I can\u2019t be only around the basket.\u201d

But while Markkanen was an all-around offensive force in the Wildcats\u2019 Pac-12 Tournament run, he went just 3 for 9 from the field on Thursday and didn\u2019t take a single shot for the final 11 minutes.

Also developing down the stretch was the curious all-but-disappearance of Kobi Simmons. The McDonald\u2019s All-American and still-projected 2017 NBA Draft pick averaged just 6.1 minutes and 1.9 points in UA\u2019s final seven games.

It was difficult to read into what exactly happened. Miller said on Selection Sunday that Simmons\u2019 attitude \u201chas been incredible,\u201d while Simmons offered only limited words when asked during the NCAAs about his drastically limited role.

\u201cJust playing hard and doing my job,\u201d Simmons said, while reading his phone in his locker stall following a six-minute appearance against Saint Mary\u2019s.

Simmons declined to comment on whether he\u2019ll return or turn pro, but Draft Express pegs him as the No. 49 pick in this June\u2019s NBA Draft.

At the same time, the Wildcats had plenty of things go well after Trier returned.

While winning 11 of 12 games since their Feb. 4 blowout loss at Oregon, the Wildcats saw Chance Comanche carve out an important backup post role despite again having considerable talent, seniority and size ahead of him in the rotation. Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson blocked his path in 2015-16, while it was Dusan Ristic and Markkanen starting ahead of him this season.

Nevertheless, Comanche averaged nearly starter\u2019s minutes (19.3) in Pac-12 play, and averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 59.3 percent in conference games.

He used the competition in practice to help his production in games.

\u201cGuys on my team pushed me every day,\u201d Comanche said. \u201cThey made sure I was locked and focused and ready for whatever was going to be thrown at me or the team in general. Once I started doing that, it made me want to push myself and become that player everyone knows I\u2019m capable of being so I can help the team.\u201d

Arizona also rode the increasing leadership of Kadeem Allen all season, from his coast-to-coast game-winner on the first day of the season against Michigan State, through his exhausting high-minute efforts when the UA backcourt was shorthanded in nonconference play, through a broken pinkie that cost him two games in February.

Miller only wished his journey would have gone further.

\u201cThere\u2019s never been anybody \u2014 and we\u2019ve had some great players, great kids at Xavier and Arizona \u2014 who means more to me, that embodies the good in college basketball than Kadeem Allen,\u201d Miller said after the Xavier game. \u201cAnd that\u2019s always the hardest part, when you know that his time is up.\u201d

Allen returned the sentiment.

\u201cIt hurts to not put the jersey on again and play for coach Miller and with these guys,\u201d Allen said.

Miller gave an upbeat postgame address that reminded Allen and his teammates that they won 32 games and a Pac-12 championship.

When it was all done, Trier, too, called it a success.

Even if their road ended in San Jose, not Glendale.

\u201cWe had a great year, a tremendous year,\u201d Trier said. \u201cA year that will have a lot of memorabilia and history that will be in McKale, on the walls and in the locker room. It\u2019s just tough because we all had our sights on the Final Four.

\u201cThat was what we talked about and we believed it. We knew it was something we could do and then our journey kind of got cut short. We knew it wasn\u2019t going to be easy. We weren\u2019t going to walk there. Nobody was going to let us go to a Final Four just because it\u2019s in Phoenix. It doesn\u2019t work like that.\u201d

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The fifth-ranked Arizona Wildcats are keeping it simple. They approach the plate, settle in and hit. And then they hit some more.

The UA sent 14 batters to the plate, collected eight runs on nine hits in the first inning Saturday on the way to a 12-0, run-rule victory over No. 6 Washington at Hillenbrand Stadium.

\u201cIt\u2019s awesome,\u201d said freshman catcher Dejah Mulipola, who went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. \u201cIt\u2019s fun in the dugout and at the plate. It feels like it\u2019s whiffle ball and we are just playing and not trying.\u201d

It does seem like the game is coming easy to the Wildcats, who are 31-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12. Ever the perfectionists, they\u2019re finding ways to improve every game.

Mulipola left runners stranded in the fourth and sixth innings Friday night, and said she didn\u2019t want to do it again Saturday.

\u201cI had to change it up at the plate,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd it worked for me today. I watch Mandie (Perez) when I\u2019m in the on-deck circle and learn from her. It helps get my timing down.\u201d

Perez started off the first inning by beating out a chopper in front of the plate. A wild pitch moved Perez to second, then Mulipola followed with an RBI double.

Perez finished the game 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored three times. UA coach Mike Candrea liked what he saw from Perez.

As the first inning continued, the Wildcats knocked Washington starting pitcher Samantha Manti (5-1, 3.38 ERA) out of the game. She was tagged for six of the eight runs that inning, giving up three singles in succession to Mo Mercado, Jessie Harper and Tamara Statman before being pulled.

\u201cWe were hitting on all cylinders today,\u201d said Candrea, who won his 1,499th career game. \u201cWe played a good team, and today was our day. Getting 11 runs and not one of them a home run is unusual for Arizona softball.\u201d

Arizona\u2019s lone home run would come later, in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alyssa Palomino hit the light pole in right field to put her team up 12-0. Palomino went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs.

This outing was the most runs Arizona has scored against a Top-10 team since 2010 and the first time the Wildcats have run-ruled a team ranked in the Top 10 since 2014. The Wildcats have not given up a run to this Washington (26-5, 3-2 Pac-12) squad in two games.

The Wildcats tacked on three more runs in the third inning.

Taylor McQuillin pitched a two-hitter, giving up two walks and striking out five. The lefty is 10-0 and her ERA drops to 0.77. She has been struggling with tendinitis for the past few weeks.

\u201cI\u2019m not in pain anymore,\u201d said McQuillin. \u201cSome kinks here and there, but I don\u2019t let it affect me. Today wasn\u2019t one of my better days. My ball wasn\u2019t moving as fast, but the team came out and pounded, and I wanted to make sure I shut the door on them.\u201d

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Mike Candrea pointed at his ace and mouthed the same word \u2014 \u201cwow\u201d \u2014 a few times.

That was about all the coach could say Friday night, after watching Danielle O\u2019Toole throw a no-hitter in fifth-ranked Arizona\u2019s 3-0 win over No. 6 Washington at Hillenbrand Stadium. The no-no was the first of O\u2019Toole\u2019s collegiate career.

\u201cIt couldn\u2019t happen to a better person,\u201d Candrea said moments after the game. \u201cShe\u2019s a competitor; a big game pitcher. She loves challenges and is well-prepared. To control the ball all night like that against a good hitting ballclub ...\u201d

O\u2019Toole would\u2019ve had a perfect game if not for a walk in the fourth inning and a hit batter in the sixth.

The lefty finished with seven strikeouts, three coming in the final inning. O\u2019Toole lowered her season ERA to 0.69.

\u201cI am always a little nervous at the start,\u201d said O\u2019Toole, who is 15-1 this season. \u201cUp here (in my mind) I said, \u2018Keep going, keep going. You\u2019re doing good.\u2019

\u201cIn the seventh on the last batter after the second strike, I was like, \u2018Oh my god! I\u2019m just gonna throw the ball and if she hits it, she hits it.\u2019\u201d

Washington second baseman Sis Bates went down swinging for the last out.

Mo Mercado, who went 2-for-2, hitting a double and driving in a run, didn\u2019t know until after the game that O\u2019Toole had thrown a no-hitter.

\u201cWe focus on every pitch, every batter,\u201d Mercado said. \u201cI didn\u2019t realize she was throwing that well. It\u2019s awesome. One thing about Tooly is that you know she gets her strikeouts. And, if when she doesn\u2019t, it\u2019s important to play good defense behind her.

\u201cAnd the best teams score early and late. It\u2019s huge for us as it lets our pitchers settle in quickly.\u201d

The Wildcats (25-3, 4-0 Pac-12) got off to that quick start by scoring two runs in the first inning.

Mandie Perez led off with a hard single up the right side and moved to second on a shot to left by Dejah Mulipola.

Both runners moved up on a ball that went over the Washington catcher\u2019s glove. Alyssa Palomino\u2019s long sacrifice fly to center field drove in Perez for the Wildcats\u2019 first run. Mercado\u2019s single to left drove in Mulipola to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats\u2019 other run came in the sixth inning on a home run by designated hitter Tamara Statman.

Arizona faces Washington (26-4, 3-1 Pac-12) for the second game of the series Saturday at noon.

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Paul Magloire Jr. has played the \u201cMadden\u201d video game for as long as he can remember.

\u201cThere hasn\u2019t been a year when I haven\u2019t created myself and put myself in the game,\u201d the former Arizona Wildcats linebacker said.

On Friday, he took another step toward not having to do that in the next iteration of the game.

Magloire was among 13 participants in Arizona\u2019s on-campus pro day. He continued to build on a productive offseason, bench-pressing 225 pounds 25 times and registering a 119-inch broad jump. Those numbers would have tied for second and 12th, respectively, among linebackers at last month\u2019s NFL scouting combine had Magloire been invited.

\u201cI\u2019m excited about this process,\u201d Magloire said. \u201cI feel like I\u2019m only getting better. I\u2019m becoming a better player all around. I think I fit a lot of schemes at the next level.\u201d

Magloire came to Arizona as a safety before switching to linebacker about halfway through the 2015 season. He led the team in tackles last year with 81, including 5.5 for losses, and earned an invite to the East-West Shrine Game. His coach there, Larry Foote of the Arizona Cardinals, ran his workout Friday.

Magloire has become a favorite among some draft analysts, including Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report. Miller projected Magloire as a fourth-round pick earlier this month.

\u201cYou hear a lot of things,\u201d Magloire said. \u201cBut you try to take it with a grain of salt.\u201d

Although he has a workout lined up with the New York Giants \u2014 \u201cThat\u2019s one,\u201d he said. \u201cHopefully I get a couple more\u201d \u2014 Magloire is not a shoo-in to be selected. He\u2019ll head into the April 27-29 draft, which he plans to watch with his family, hoping for the best.

\u201cI\u2019m not going to have any expectations,\u201d Magloire said. \u201cI\u2019m just going to go with it. Hopefully it\u2019s hearing my name called.\u201d

Griffey impresses

Receiver Trey Griffey had the most impressive workout, according to observers. Arizona\u2019s pro day is closed to the media.

With his family on hand \u2014 including Hall of Fame dad Ken Jr. and sister Taryn, who plays for the UA women\u2019s basketball team \u2014 Trey recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.50 and 4.56 seconds. Those are good times for a player of Griffey\u2019s size; he measured at 6-2 1/8, 209 pounds. He also did 17 bench-press reps, which would have tied for eighth among wideouts at the combine.

Griffey caught only 23 passes last season, the victim of an Arizona passing attack that was inconsistent at best. UA coach Rich Rodriguez doesn\u2019t believe that will hurt Griffey\u2019s stock.

\u201cThe NFL doesn\u2019t look as much at numbers,\u201d Rodriguez said. \u201cThey\u2019ll watch a guy on film. They\u2019ll watch him in person. They\u2019ll work him out. The numbers part is inflated some places anyway because they throw it all the time. They just look at guys that can play.\u201d

Like Magloire, Griffey is considered a Day 3 prospect in the draft. He was unavailable for post-workout interviews because he had a plane to catch, according to a UA spokesman.

Receiver Samajie Grant matched Griffey with 17 bench reps. Offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa had 41 bench reps, six more than anyone at any position at the combine. Defensive lineman Aiulua Fanene had 35 reps, matching the most at the combine.

Tight end Josh Kern had a 34-inch vertical jump, which would have tied for seventh among combine tight ends. Kern did 19 bench reps and raised about $850 for charity in the process through PledgeIt.org.

Dawkins\u2019 job to lose?

Rodriguez provided a little bit of clarity on the Wildcats\u2019 quarterback situation after Friday morning\u2019s practice.

Incumbent Brandon Dawkins has been the primary first-team quarterback this spring, Rodriguez said. Khalil Tate mainly has worked with the second team.

Rodriguez won\u2019t name a starter until shortly before the season starts but did say, regarding Dawkins and Tate, \u201cKhalil\u2019s gotta beat him out.\u201d

Rodriguez and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith said it\u2019s natural for Dawkins to be ahead of Tate because the former has more experience. Dawkins is entering his redshirt junior season and started nine games last year; Tate will be an 18-year-old true sophomore in fall and has made one start. Smith said he\u2019s excited about both players but that Dawkins has a \u201cslight lead\u201d as of now.

\u201cHe\u2019s probably ahead from a mental standpoint because he\u2019s had more reps at it, he\u2019s had more time at it\u201d Smith said. \u201cBrandon\u2019s had a pretty decent spring so far. Khalil\u2019s had some moments where he\u2019s been pretty good, too.

\u201cWho will be the guy? We\u2019ll see how that goes.\u201d

Regardless of who starts, Rodriguez expects Arizona\u2019s \u201cmenu of plays\u201d to expand this season with both quarterbacks having another year in the system.

Extra points

\u2022 Redshirt freshman defensive end Jalen Cochran hasn\u2019t practiced this spring because of concussion issues dating to fall. \u201cObviously, that\u2019s a concern,\u201d Rodriguez said.

\u2022 Tailback Nick Wilson says he weighs 212 pounds. He looks strong in his upper body. He played at 205 pounds last year. Durability is the key issue with Wilson after two injury-plagued seasons.

\u2022 Rodriguez said tailback Nathan Tilford is physically ready to play as a freshman. The question is whether he\u2019ll get there mentally. Participating in spring practice increases his chances.

\u2022 Rodriguez said he\u2019d like to have 10 wide receivers \u201cwe have confidence in.\u201d To get there, newcomers Brian Casteel and Drew Dixon would have to contribute this season.

\u2022 Rodriguez expects the next wave of new players to raise the competition and talent levels teamwide. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be the most competitive August camp since I\u2019ve been here,\u201d he said.

\u2022 Redshirt freshman linebacker Kahi Neves entered the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility wearing a T-shirt and shorts, suggesting that he did not practice.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2014 Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier have their theories about who is to blame for Arizona\u2019s surprising Sweet 16 exit, and neither mentioned Sean Miller.

Even if some outsiders did.

Within minutes of Arizona\u2019s 73-71 upset loss to Xavier in the NCAA West Region semifinal Thursday night, someone updated the postseason record on his Wikipedia page with this description for 2017: \u201cYou guessed it, not the Final Four.\u201d

By midday Friday, a simple Google news search for \u201cSean Miller\u201d revealed the following headlines:

\u201cSean Miller rightly blames himself for Arizona\u2019s loss to Xavier.\u201d (Arizona Republic)

\u201cSean Miller and Arizona come up short yet again after late collapse fueled by ill-advised shots.\u201d (Yahoo)

\u201cArizona coach Sean Miller can only blame himself for the Wildcats\u2019 Sweet 16 exit.\u201d (FoxSports.com)

\u201cHas Sean Miller been a success or failure at Arizona?\u201d (The Big Lead)

On talk radio and social media, the debate was even more polarizing. A national Fox Sports radio host even called for Miller\u2019s firing, while there was also plenty of support across multiple platforms for the eighth-year UA coach, who has landed six straight top-five recruiting classes while reviving a program wracked with instability during a two-year transition from Lute Olson.

\u201cMiller is really good,\u201d USA Today college sports writer Dan Wolken tweeted. \u201cHe will break through. Arizona fans would be wise not to go nuts at this stage. Run him off, you won\u2019t do better.\u201d

Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy posted a story Thursday night noting how UConn\u2019s Jim Calhoun was assailed for not making the Final Four in the 1990s before he won three titles starting in 1999, while writing that Gary Williams was \u201cragged mercilessly\u201d at Maryland before he made a Final Four after 23 years in 2001 and won a national championship in 2002. Then DeCourcy noted some coaches who had reached multiple Final Fours \u2014 Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams \u2014 who were criticized for not winning it all until they did.

Then there were the actual words from Miller, who said after the game that he was \u201cequally disappointed in myself.\u201d Miller said the UA lacked confidence against Xavier\u2019s zone defense \u2014 the Musketeers shifted skillfully between the 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man, as expected \u2014 and said the UA\u2019s offensive struggles bled over to the defense.

\u201cThe game never really felt good,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd that\u2019s on me.\u201d

Especially in the final four minutes, it went particularly wrong for the Wildcats. Arizona held a 69-61 lead with 3:44 left, but fell apart on both ends of the floor afterward. The Wildcats didn\u2019t score for the final 2:52, when Trier made a layup for a seven-point Arizona lead.

Here\u2019s what happened after that point:

That\u2019s five missed shots in the final 2:17, and none taken by the team\u2019s most accurate all-around shooter, Markkanen.

Trier, who had pumped in 15 straight UA points earlier in the half, had three missed shots and a turnover during that stretch.

\u201cIt happens,\u201d Trier said. \u201cI mean, I\u2019ve had a few go in and out. It was tough, especially the last one.\u201d

Trier blamed himself in a big-picture sense, saying he almost pushes himself to the point of being \u201cpsychotic\u201d about improving his game, and appeared puzzled when a Daily Wildcat reporter asked him what he thought about the questioning Miller was likely to receive.

\u201cUm, questioning a guy who had a 32-5 basketball team?\u201d Trier said. \u201cThey probably don\u2019t know much if they\u2019re questioning him from that standpoint. Coach did what he thought was best for us to put us in the best position to win the game, and we\u2019re going to go out there and try to execute as well as we can as a basketball team. So I totally have faith in my coach that he knows what he\u2019s doing, not somebody else who doesn\u2019t.\u201d

Alkins, meanwhile, didn\u2019t blame Miller or Trier or anybody for those last few minutes. To him, it was about allowing 52.8 percent shooting to Xavier and hitting only 25.9 percent from 3-point territory themselves (Alkins was 0 for 3 from 3-point range while shooting with a broken finger).

\u201cIt was a tie game and we had three chances to win,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cBut those three plays didn\u2019t cause us to lose the game. It was the whole game.\u201d

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2014

Nick the Greek\u2019s restaurant stays open till 3 a.m. in downtown San Jose. A few ticks before 2, my colleagues and I walked in, lined up behind assorted clubbers, boozers and wayward souls.

I never eat Greek food, but in the wee hours of Friday morning I had no other option and had to make a quick choice. I selected a Beefteki Pita with Tzatziki sauce.

It was Greek to me.

That\u2019s a newspaper guy\u2019s version of the finish to Arizona\u2019s Sweet 16 loss to Xavier. A few hours earlier, whatever Xavier did was Greek to Arizona.

In the final 2:17, with limited options, Arizona missed five consecutive shots and committed a turnover. Xavier\u2019s zone defense was like a great Sphinx to the Wildcats.

It was Tzatziki sauce.

Xavier coach Chris Mack successfully took away three of Arizona\u2019s strengths:

1. He slowed the pace to 61 possessions, which was the second-slowest of Arizona\u2019s season. His zone defense forced Arizona to shoot with an average of nine seconds left on the shot clock. The UA\u2019s season average was to get a shot with 14 seconds. Those five seconds led to a lot of rushed and forced shots Thursday.

2. Because Arizona lacked the proper movement, passing, spacing and imagination against Mack\u2019s zone, it was forced to shoot from the edge, attempting 27 3-pointers, a season high. Ordinarily, 3-point shots make up 24 percent of Arizona\u2019s shooting attempts. On Thursday it was 43 percent.

3. The Musketeers committed only 14 fouls, permitting Arizona to shoot a mere 11 free throws. Arizona made 221 more foul shots than opponents this year, and only once since December (a loss at Oregon) did the Wildcats shoot fewer foul shots than they did Thursday.

Remember when UA forward Kevin Parrom used to pledge \u201cno easy buckets?\u201d It turned on the Wildcats; on Thursday, Arizona got few easy buckets.

Mack, who succeeded Sean Miller at Xavier in 2009, coached the game of his life.

Beyond that, I think Arizona lost for three reasons not as easily tracked by metrics or the box score.

The first is that Lauri Markkanen did not attempt a shot in the final 11:12. That\u2019s because he was used in the role Kaleb Tarczewski played for Arizona. Markkanen became a high-post screener, rarely rotating to the corner, where he often gets lost by opposing defenses.

At halftime, Miller told CBS that \u201cwe\u2019ve got to be unselfish against this zone, move the ball and find Lauri.\u201d

No one found Lauri. He didn\u2019t attempt a foul shot in the second half, either, which is unfathomable. Against a shorter team like the Musketeers, you\u2019d expect him to spend the night at the foul line, the way he did against Saint Mary\u2019s (he was 9 for 10) and when he shot 19 foul shots in the Pac-12 Tournament.

But some of that is on Markkanen\u2019s transition to college basketball. He is learning to play the mid- to low-post and it\u2019s not easy against a zone that often found him trapped by three Musketeers. He does not go strong into the paint and use his size as an advantage. He doesn\u2019t demand the ball, instead keeping his arms low. He is probably too unselfish.

It was like having Mike Trout on your team and batting him eighth in the lineup.

Second, Allonzo Trier appeared to be gassed in the final three minutes. When he scored 15 consecutive points, expanding a 49-48 lead to 64-61, he probably emptied his tank.

Trier missed a quick 3-pointer from the baseline with 2:17 remaining \u2014 Arizona was leading 71-67 \u2014 a shot that could\u2019ve extinguished the Musketeers. As Xavier sped to the other end of the court in transition, Trier was a step late. When he finally got to the other end of the court, he reached over Malcolm Bernard and fouled him.

Those two foul shots made it 71-69 and it was a different game.

Trier played 19 minutes in the second half. Markkanen played the full 40 minutes; he averages 30. Inside the final two minutes, neither seemed to have his legs.

One more thing: the heartbeat of Arizona\u2019s team, senior Kadeem Allen, appeared to get chippy with Xavier\u2019s best player, Trevon Bluiett. Allen got two fouls in the game\u2019s first 2:30. It was a mano a mano showdown versus two Alpha males, and it was costly. Allen spent 15 minutes on the bench in the first half.

While he was out, Bluiett, with 18 first-half points \u2014 16 while Allen was on the bench \u2014 allowed his team to gather itself and build enough confidence to win the game.

Ultimately, Xavier won in the final 40 seconds when Mack drew up a play not to Bluiett nor the Musketeers\u2019 No. 2 option, J.P. Macura, but to junior center Sean O\u2019Mara. Arizona didn\u2019t seem to be expecting it.

O\u2019Mara caught a simple lob pass over Markkanen, 3 feet from the bucket. Help defense from Keanu Pinder and Rawle Alkins was about one second too late to prevent the game-winning basket.

Such is life in the NCAA Tournament.

In a game of just 61 possessions for each team, foul trouble, tired legs, the inability to get the ball to your tallest player and an unexpected lob pass can make a No. 11 seed come off as No. 1.

There are no second chances to get it right.

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Quick hitters from the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 media availability after their 12th practice of spring Friday morning:

* Brandon Dawkins has been the primary first-team quarterback this spring, UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. Khalil Tate mainly has worked with the second team. Rodriguez won\u2019t name a starter until shortly before the season starts but did say regarding Dawkins and Tate: \"Khalil's gotta beat him out.\"

*\u00a0Rodriguez and QB coach Rod Smith said it\u2019s natural for Dawkins to be ahead of Tate because the former has more experience. Smith said he's excited about both players but that Dawkins has a \u201cslight lead\u201d as of now.

*\u00a0Rodriguez expects Arizona's \"menu of plays\" to expand this season with both quarterbacks having another year in the system. He wants them to be \"gym rats\" in the offseason, saying it's essential for quarterbacks to be \"obsessed\" with the game. He said they're getting there in that regard.

*\u00a0Redshirt-freshman defensive end Jalen Cochran hasn't practiced this spring because of concussion issues dating to fall. \"Obviously, that's a concern,\u201d Rodriguez said.

* Tailback Nick Wilson says he weighs 212 pounds. He looks strong in his upper body. He played at 205 pounds last year. Obviously, durability is the key issue with him after two injury-plagued seasons.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said tailback Nathan Tilford is physically ready to play as a freshman. The question is whether he'll get there mentally. Being here for spring helps a lot.

*\u00a0Rodriguez said he'd like to have 10 wide receivers whom \"we have confidence in.\" To get there, newcomers Brian Casteel and Drew Dixon would have to contribute this season.

*\u00a0Rodriguez expects the next wave of new players to raise the competition and talent levels team-wide. \"It\u2019s going to be the most competitive August camp since I\u2019ve been here,\" he said.

*\u00a0Redshirt-freshman linebacker Kahi Neves entered the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility wearing a T-shirt and shorts, suggesting that he did not practice.

*\u00a0I\u2019m writing this from the lobby of LSFF, where Arizona is holding its pro day this morning. All 32 NFL teams are supposed to be here. I've seen representatives from the following teams come through the lobby: Steelers, Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Chiefs, Seahawks, Lions, Colts, Ravens.

*\u00a0One interesting pro-day tidbit: DaVonte' Neal, who played cornerback his last two seasons here, is working out as a receiver/returner.

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