UA basketball: Cats must learn to 'endure' entire game

2013-02-25T20:45:00Z UA basketball: Cats must learn to 'endure' entire gameBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

With a Los Angeles road swing this week that could determine the Pac-12 race, the Arizona Wildcats have plenty reason for focus when they head to the airport this afternoon.

But that alone won’t be enough to ease UA coach Sean Miller’s concerns.

With a team that he says lacks the “offensive firepower” to win consistently, the Wildcats must have an all-out, all-the-time defensive mentality.

Not just wait for a couple of big games. Nor allow anybody to shoot better than 50 percent in the second half, as Washington State, Colorado and California have all done in recent games.

“When you talk about going to L.A. and playing teams like USC and UCLA, you don’t all of a sudden get on an airplane and say ‘OK, we’re going to do it,’” Miller said. “It’s either part of your makeup or it isn’t. When you pick and choose in a game, that really sets the tone how you’re going to be once get to these games in L.A.”

Miller said the only thing UA can do is continue to discuss what happened Saturday against Washington State, when the Cougars shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half while making the Wildcats’ 73-56 win closer than it might have been.

It’s “the word ‘endure’ — where you can’t be good for half of the game or most of the game,” Miller said. “That takes exceptional effort and concentration.

“What we’re after is significant. But if we do it, and we’ve shown we can, that’s when I feel we have a chance to compete for something extraordinary.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 3 0 0.250

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 56-78
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 71-43
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Lipscomb at
Colorado
11/30 12:00 pm
Stanford at
DePaul
11/30 12:00 pm
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
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