UA basketball: Hill, Lyons make Pac-12 1st team; others snubbed

2013-03-11T20:00:00Z UA basketball: Hill, Lyons make Pac-12 1st team; others snubbedBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 11, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

The Pac-12 postseason awards released Monday mirrored the 2012-13 Arizona Wildcats.

There were some expected highlights (Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons made the 10-man first team), a disappointment (none of UA’s three high school all-American post players made the all-freshman team) and a possible casualty of UA’s late-season defensive slide (Nick Johnson did not make the all-defensive team).

No huge victories, no terribly bad things. Just like the Wildcats’ 12-6 conference season.

The season was good enough, Hill found, to push him into a repeat spot on the all-conference team.

“(It) just showed my hard work was noticed, and it also comes with team success,” Hill said. “I think if our team wasn’t in the top half of the conference, I wouldn’t have this award.”

The same might go for point guard Lyons, who upgraded from being a third-team all-Atlantic 10 pick last season to a first-team all-Pac-12 pick this season.

“Feels good,” Lyons said. “I get to play my natural position. It’s a blessing in disguise to be here. I’m back with my original coach, and it’s just been great. The season’s been great.”

Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ key omissions also were no surprise, considering how the season played out.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
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