With two losses in their past three games, Arizona has slipped somewhat below the radar in the Pac-12 race.

But Colorado coach Tad Boyle said today on the Pac-12's weekly teleconference call that the Wildcats, despite being in sixth place by percentage points after their 64-63 loss at Colorado, "are as good a team as we've played all year."

"Stanford played the best game against us this year but Arizona is certainly as good personnel-wise as Stanford is," Boyle added. "They've got the quality depth, a lot of guys who can hurt you, good guard play and Jesse Perry is having an unbelievable senior year.

"They run the pick and roll, Arizona runs it as well as anybody does it in the league. We were fortunate to win that game. I've got a lot of respect for coach (Sean) Miller and their staff. You look at the standings and see Arizona -- to me it's kind of scary because they're as good as anybody."


Miller also praised Perry on the teleconference call, after Perry had 10 rebounds each at Utah and Colorado, while scoring 20 points on the Buffaloes. 

Miller said Perry is playing at an all-conference level.

"Jesse's meaning to our team... he has to keep playing the way he is for the rest of the year," Miller said, later adding: "He has an uncanny ability to put the ball on the floor. He's quick. Defensively, Jesse has bought into what we've asked him to do. With the role we have him in, he's done an excellent job."


Miller was asked if there is any favorite emerging in the Pac-12 race so far.

"There's obviously a lot of teams close together, and this weekend will shake it out further, but I believe until somebody beats Cal at home, to me, they're the best team in our conference. To me, they're the most consistent team in our conference."

UA will have a crack at the Bears at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 2.


Washington's C.J. Wilcox is sitting out practice this week and remains questionable for the weekend with a stress fracture in his femur.


L.A. product Askia Booker, who had nine points for Colorado in 18 minutes Saturday against Arizona, is http://www.denverpost.com/cu/ci_19803891?source=rss" target= "_blank">thriving in a sixth man role for the only Pac-12 school who wanted him.




Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball