For Wildcats, it'll have to be rhythm over rest this week

2013-12-10T15:12:00Z 2013-12-10T15:14:10Z For Wildcats, it'll have to be rhythm over rest this weekBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

This week, Arizona must face a respectable New Mexico State team on Wednesday, then leave midday Friday to fly to the Midwest, arrive in the evening and play at Michigan the next day at 10 a.m. on their body clocks ... all while Michigan gets the week free and doesn't have to travel.

If that sounds like a clear advantage for the Wolverines, Michigan coach John Beilein wasn't quite seeing it that way.

"The way they’re playing, they’re really in a great rhythm," Beilein said of Arizona, on the Big Ten teleconference. "We do need the rest. We’ve been banged up. We’ve played a schedule of about two games a week or even more and with exams coming up, we need some time.

"It is difficult to go cross-country and play from a Wednesday to a Saturday at noon, but that’s part of the landscape we all have to go through. But the rhythm they’re playing with right now? I don’t think it will be a huge deal for them.”

While addressing Gabe York's absence from the rotation on Saturday, UA coach Sean Miller said he needed more than six or seven players. But that doesn't necessarily mean Zach Peters or Matt Korcheck will be playing more anytime soon.

At least not the way Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon are playing these days.

"Zach has missed, in a sense, a year and a half," Miller said, referring to Peters' concussion issues. "He continues to practice. And Matt works hard every single day. He’s just that next guy in line. But it’s hard right now to take minutes away from Kaleb, Brandon or Aaron, or for that matter Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) because one of those four are playing the whole game. We're constantly looking to get those guys more minutes because of who they are."

Here's a look at Michigan's early offensive issues and an opinion on Mitch McGary's importance to the Wolverines' offense.

Onetime UA recruiting target Jonah Bolden committed to UCLA, after Bruins assistant David Grace went to Australia to meet with his father. 

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 16 2 0 0.889 34 4 0 0.895
Utah 13 5 0 0.722 26 9 0 0.743
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 25 10 0 0.714
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 22 14 0 0.611
Arizona State 9 9 0 0.500 19 16 0 0.543
Stanford 9 9 0 0.500 22 13 0 0.629
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 14 0 0.533
Colorado 7 10 0 0.412 16 16 0 0.500
Washington State 7 11 0 0.389 13 18 0 0.419
California 6 11 0 0.353 17 15 0 0.531
Washington 5 13 0 0.278 16 15 0 0.516
USC 3 14 0 0.176 12 19 0 0.387

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Old Dominion
3/31 6:00 pm
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