from Game Plan: The implications of injuries - ESPN
Arizona shrugs off Utah, moves to 20-0. Just after the Wildcats finished their 65-56 brush-off of Utah Sunday night, the Fox Sports 1 crew placed the rosters of the greatest Arizona teams of all time next to Sean Miller’s team -- Steve Kerr, Kenny Lofton, Miles Simon, Richard Jefferson and all the rest. It was a sobering comparison: On paper, this Arizona team now ranks above the greatest Wildcats teams of all time. On the floor, it’s hard to argue otherwise, something the dominant final few minutes of an otherwise so-so performance showed. (It was also, for what it’s worth, a pretty impressive performance from Utah, which continues to look miles removed from the six-win disaster of 2011-12.)
Arizona at Cal, 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network: Before we get all crazy: Arizona still has to play at Stanford on Wednesday. It still has a back-to-back road trip to Arizona State and Utah in mid-February. It still has two dates against Oregon. And now, with those important caveats out of the way, if the Wildcats win at Cal on Saturday, it is conceivable -- not likely, not probably, barely possible, but conceivable -- they could run the regular-season table. Gird loins accordingly.
and from http://espn.go.com/ncb/notebook/_/pa...127/daily-word
3. Arizona had to dig deep to put away Utah. What impressed you most about the Wildcats' late surge?
Katz: Arizona has that second gear. The Wildcats show it against the Show at San Diego State, down big to Drexel and then against Duke in New York, at Michigan, and now throughout the Pac-12. The Wildcats' defense and ability to slip behind screens, finish around the rim and change the momentum makes this Arizona team ridiculously difficult to beat.
O'Neil: What impressed me most is that the Wildcats had the last surge. Not every team has the ability or the mental capacity to withstand that sort of punch to the gut, but Arizona proved it does. What separates the Wildcats against Utah is the same thing that has separated Arizona all season from the pack, and that's its defense. It's there for the Wildcats to call on whenever they need it and
the ultimate difference-maker.
Medcalf: I think it's easy to look at the game and knock Arizona for struggling for most of the night against a sub-.500 Pac-12 team. But I was most impressed by Arizona's late poise. There are a lot of youngsters on that team, but Brandon Ashley, Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski, T.J. McConnell, Nick Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson all made great plays down the stretch.
on a personal note, i like how medcalf likes to point that whole "struggling for most of the night against a sub-.500 Pac-12 team" thing out. because even though it seemingly happens to syracuse every single game, it doesnt affect his perception of them as "america's best team." good stuff.