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
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Denver at
Stanford
12/13 4:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
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