Justin Spears / Arizona Daily Star
The fun begins:
The last two "games" for the Arizona Wildcats were essentially scrimmages. Win or lose, the Cats remain 0-0.
Arizona finished its final exhibition game of the season Sunday with a 91-53 win over Chico State, but did so without another rotational player.
Freshman wing Brandon Randolph was held out with a concussion, the third Wildcat to miss action with a injury this season. Head coach Sean Miller said the primary focus is waiting for the symptoms to clear so the timetable is murky for Randolph's return.
Senior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright returned to the starting lineup after missing the first exhibition game with an ankle injury. Jackson-Cartwright scored 14 points on 4 of 4 shooting and recorded four assists with two turnovers.
Jackson-Cartwright, Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton combined for 57 points in Arizona's win. Trier and Jackson-Cartwright also led the team in assists, each having eight while Ayton posted a game-high 11 rebounds.
Miller, Trier and Ayton spoke with the media Sunday, here's what they had to say:
Chico State, the blue blood of Division II
Sean Miller on the tough matchup against Chico State: pic.twitter.com/YvViaVUqGb— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017
The return of PJC
Allonzo Trier on Parker Jackson-Cartwright returning to the starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/wuAO0yXpGo— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017
PJC's 3-point shooting and impact
Sean Miller on Parker Jackson-Cartwright’s impact on Alex Barcello and 3-point shooting: pic.twitter.com/bKUrww4gsN— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017
7-footers shooting 3-pointers
Sean Miller on Deandre Ayton’s 3-point shooting and Chico State playing zone defense: pic.twitter.com/gcxGHNO2Wk— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017
Trier primed for huge season with improved jumper
Sean Miller on Allonzo Trier’s improved jump shot: pic.twitter.com/DTBqsMJ262— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017
Dealing with adversity early in the season
Sean Miller on Arizona dealing with injuries and playing well with missing players: pic.twitter.com/UIHEC3hFTY— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 6, 2017