Arizona basketball: No Final Four for the seniors, but they aren't losing sleep over it

2013-03-29T20:00:00Z Arizona basketball: No Final Four for the seniors, but they aren't losing sleep over itBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 29, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES — When Solomon Hill committed to the Arizona Wildcats in April 2009, recruiting was in shambles after two years of coaching transition and there was no telling if Sean Miller could even convince point guard Nic Wise to stick around for a fourth year.

Surely, the Los Angeles native didn’t think things could turn quickly around enough to get him to a Final Four by the time he left this spring. But he did.

“Yeah, it’s Arizona,” Hill said after his college career ended in UA’s 73-70 loss to Ohio State on Thursday. “Why wouldn’t I be able to? It’s the reason I came here. We’re in a great location, we have a great fans, and coach Miller, the way he’s put things together, I thought he’d be able to turn guys into better players over the course of four years.”

Hill said Miller has turned him into a better player, as he has with seniors Kevin Parrom and Mark Lyons…but there was never a Final Four.

Hill came a game short of it in 2010-11 and two games short this season. As a freshman, he had no postseason and as a junior, it was one and out — in the NIT.

But Hill did manage to pick up two all-Pac-10 first team honors, an outrigger paddle for being the Diamond Head Classic MVP, some improved NBA draft stock…and a bunch of friends he may have for life.

“It still really hasn’t hit me that it’s my last time wearing an Arizona jersey,” Hill said Thursday. “It’s a little different. But I love these guys. It’s been a fun year. We had some ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Senior guard Mark Lyons didn’t get to a Final Four, either, leaving a veteran of four Sweet 16 teams — one as a redshirt under Miller at Xavier, two more as an active player with the Musketeers and this season with Arizona.

But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself Thursday, either.

Read more about the Cats in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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