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
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 3 0 0.400
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 53-72
Oregon State at
Oklahoma State
11/24 53-66
Michigan at
Oregon
11/24 70-63
Kansas State at
Arizona
11/25 70-63
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 7:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
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