TEMPE – Fans hoping to hear insight or explanations from the Arizona Wildcats after Friday’s game in Tempe will have to rely on body language and a few minutes of Sean Miller.
Players were not allowed to comment and questions for Miller were cut off after about three minutes.
Here's everything Miller said:
On ASU's Jermaine Marshall:
“Jermaine Marshall did an outstanding job. He made three shots in a row (toward the end). I give him a lot of credit. He’s a phenomenal player. It was a low scoring game; (Jahii) Carson and Marshall combined for 46 of their 69 so I give those guys a lot of credit. Arizona State is a very good team. We knew coming here it would be a tough game and that’s what we found ourselves in."
On Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who had nine points, eight rebounds and played well defensively most of his 45 minutes:
“He was fabulous until the end. He gave two threes up and on the last play. The thing that’s tough about Marshall is he can not only score beyond the arc but he can score inside. He’s a terrific player. To me he’s a first team all Pac-12 player. I’ll certainly vote for him.”
On whether he figured defense and rebounding alone might not be enough in some games like Friday's:
“Our offense is continuing to put more and more pressure on our defense. You can only guard so well. We missed a ton of free throws and, heck, we missed a ton of free throws all year. Eventually it’s going to run its course and you’re going to lose because we’re leaving too many points on the table. In the first half we had five or six shots that were the best that we can generate and we missed all of them.
“In the second half we didn’t generate as many good shots but we did generate free throws but we didn’t make them. So that’s on us."
On whether fatigue played a role for Arizona, which played only six players more than five minutes:
“There’s nothing we can do and they didn’t sub a lot either. It was one heck of a game. Someone had to win and someone has to lose. Unfortunately, we’re the loser.”
On Kaleb Tarczewski, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds:
“That was one of Kaleb’s best games, no question about it -- he was really active, 13 rebounds and 13 points. I kind of look at him right now and am really proud of his effort because in a game like this against a guy like (Jordan) Bachynski, I think he really showed how talented he is. To me, one of the reasons we were in the game and had a chance to win was because of Kaleb’s performance.
On T.J. McConnell taking 15 shots and whether he will continue to take more:
“I was surprised he was 7 for 15. It felt like he missed more than that. His turnovers really hurt us tonight. T.J. is our quarterback. Taking care of the ball is big and you look at those turnovers (McConnell had six turnovers with two assists). They’re kind of like missed free throws. They continue to put more and more pressure against you.”
Tom Duddleston, formerly the longtime sports PR chief at Arizona, was among those who wondered why the Wildcats chose not to make players available.
Here's the official box score.
The Wildcats may not want to look now, but UCLA is only a game behindthem in the loss column. While the Bruins won't get to play UA again, Arizona still has to play at the Mountain and Oregon schools.
The Bruins will host Utah today at 3 p.m., on the Pac-12 Networks. That game may also be worth watching because UA will face the Utes on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
This weekend’s other Pac-12 games:
Cal at Washington, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Stanford at WSU, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
OSU at Oregon, 1 p.m., FS1
Colorado at USC, 6 p.m., ESPNU
Pac-12 Tournament single session tickets are now available.