After spending a final day at their Barcelona hotel after a terrorist attack unfolded just several blocks away last Thursday, the Wildcats returned home to begin classes Monday.
UA spokesman Matt Ensor said the Wildcats were told to stay off social media and stick around their hotel last Friday, while the team left Saturday and took flights through Atlanta to get home. The Wildcats were unable to change to an earlier flight after canceling a final exhibition game on Friday.
"It was basically kind of just say around the hotel, stay inside as much as possible," Ensor said. "We tried to keep it low key because at that point, nobody was sure if it was isolated or if there could be a second attack. It was hard to understand the scope of it."
(As it turned out, the suspected driver of the van was on the loose, having been found and shot Monday).
Arizona was the last of the four U.S. college teams in Barcelona to confirm that its traveling party was safe, but Ensor said that was partially because it was difficult to track everyone down, especially because some of their party did not have international data or calling plans on their phones.
The attack happened at about 5 p.m. local time, and the Wildcats were enjoying free time, having visited F.C. Barcelona on Thursday morning in their final group activity.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the Wildcats visited Sagrada Familia, which had been initially targeted by terrorists.
On Friday, while the Wildcats stayed in town, Spain's King Felipe VI gave a speech and held a minute of silence at the Plaza Catalunya , four blocks from UA's hotel.
So UA wound up playing only two games in Spain, while Rawle Alkins (shoulder) played only one and Emmanuel Akot (knee) one-plus. Also, walk-on guard Kory Jones was hurt in the second game (he was being evaluated in Tucson on Monday).
Both box scores have been attached again if you missed them, but here were some statistical averages:
-- DeAndre Ayton: 61.9 percent shooting, 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds.
-- Dusan Ristic: 88.9 percent shooting (8 for 9), 9.5 points, 9.5 rebounds.
-- Brandon Randolph: 48 percent shooting, 45.5 percent 3-point shooting, 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds.
-- Allonzo Trier: 67 percent shooting, 25 percent 3-point shooting, 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 turnovers.
-- Dylan Smith: 61.5 percent shooting, 50 percent 3-point shooting (4 for 8), 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds.
-- Parker Jackson-Cartwright: 6.0 assists and 1.5 turnovers.
-- Keanu Pinder: 3.5 steals.
Saul Bookman of the Wildcat had a breakdown of the players' performances here, and our breakdowns of the games are also attached to this post.
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