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 14 2 0 0.875 26 3 0 0.897
Utah 12 4 0 0.750 22 6 0 0.786
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 22 8 0 0.733
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 19 12 0 0.613
Stanford 9 7 0 0.563 18 10 0 0.643
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 13 0 0.552
Arizona State 7 9 0 0.438 16 14 0 0.533
California 6 9 0 0.400 16 12 0 0.571
Colorado 6 9 0 0.400 13 13 0 0.500
Washington State 6 10 0 0.375 12 16 0 0.429
Washington 4 12 0 0.250 15 13 0 0.536
USC 3 14 0 0.176 11 18 0 0.379

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
USC at
UCLA
3/4 74-85
Oregon at
Oregon State
3/4 65-62
Colorado at
Washington
3/5 7:00 pm
California at
Arizona
3/5 7:00 pm
Utah at
Washington State
3/5 9:00 pm
Stanford at
Arizona State
3/5 9:00 pm
California at
Arizona State
3/7 12:30 pm
Stanford at
Arizona
3/7 2:00 pm
Utah at
Washington
3/7 2:30 pm
Colorado at
Washington State
3/7 4:30 pm
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