Should Chol start for Wildcats?

2013-02-16T15:27:00Z 2013-02-16T15:44:02Z Should Chol start for Wildcats?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2013 3:27 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY -- Sean Miller says he guarantees he'll change Arizona's starting lineup Sunday, but what options does he really have?

Before UA played Cal, he said he was thinking about putting in Kevin Parrom but stuck with his original lineup in order to stay big and because that lineup was 18-1 at the time. Parrom didn't play particularly well against Cal or Colorado, anyway.

Miller said he'd like to give Grant Jerrett a look, but Jerrett may still be a bit tentative after coming back from a foot stress reaction.

At guard, reserve Jordin Mayes has struggled and Miller has not shown an extended faith in Gabe York. 

So that may leave just Angelo Chol, who played well against Stanford and Colorado. Chol may not be a long-term solution but he just might help light a fire under Brandon Ashley, who did not play well against Stanford and Colorado.

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While some coaches may go easy on their players after a tough stretch, fearing that their confidence may be damaged, Miller hasn’t changed his approach this weekend after two straight losses.

“I think it’s important you tell the truth. Whatever that truth is,” Miller said. “If you didn’t play well, use that to move forward.”

Miller said he never felt the Wildcats lacked effort in a 71-58 loss at Colorado, but said it “looks different” when you combine that game with Arizona’s struggles in the second half against California on Sunday.

“The way we lost in that second half against Cal, that home game, you start to make it sometimes a little bit bigger than one game,” Miller said. “We have not played well recently.”

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Other Pac-12 games today:

UCLA at Stanford, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

Oregon at WSU, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

ASU at Colorado, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) 

OSU at Washington, 9 p.m. (FSN)

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