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 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 5 2 0 0.714
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Arizona State at
Marquette
12/16 71-78
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 7:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 1:30 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
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