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Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 9:43 am
 
By Jeff Goodman

The place not to be this weekend? McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.

That's where Arizona coach Sean Miller crushed his players after a loss to Division 2 Seattle Pacific on Thursday night.

However, a few days after the somewhat embarrassing setback, Miller gained some perspective. 

"No one wanted to lose, but in a funny way I think it'll help us," Miller said on Sunday night. "We've got to earn it all over."

"Guys are in different roles," he added.

Without Derrick Williams, this is a completely different team - and while the Wildcats did welcome in a stellar freshman class, it'll likely take time for most of them to adjust. Despite their preseason ranking, this is not a Top 25 team right now. Not this early - and not without Kevin Parrom. 

The only one who stood out in his debut was athletic guard Nick Johnson.

"He was the bright spot," Miller said of Johnson.

Fellow freshman guard Josiah Turner - the most highly touted of the frosh - struggled. Miller said that could be the case early because Turner had a rough senior season in high school in which he switched schools.

"He didn't come off a good situation, but did the best he could," Miller said. "Don't be surprised if Josiah struggles early in the season and plays his best basketball later in the year."

Not only is Arizona without Williams, but the Wildcats are also without Parrom - who is recovering from being shot in the leg.

"I'd be surprised if Kevin's back in November," Miller said. "It's probably realistic that he returns in December. He's getting more and more movement and has been doing as well as anyone could expect after the loss of his mother."

Miller said that fans will need to be patient with other two freshmen - big men Sikidi Johnson and Angelo Chol. Veteran big man Alex Jacobson, who would likely play minutes right now due to the inexperience of Johnson and Chol, is also out with an injury.

Photo: AP

Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Why??? Whats in maryland?LOL



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Should've taken that Maryland job.



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Someone sounds jealous of my HEELS!!! Keep drinkin the Haterade son!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Tarczewski chose this ove Kansas, lol. Have fun losing to seattle pacific norht east....



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

UNC........LOADED!!!!
Best team money can buy.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Don't Panic UA fans.  Remember, Syracuse did this a couple years back and ended up in the Final Four that year.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:05 am
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Tarcqewski will be a great addition to what the Cats already have - if he can avoid getting shot.



Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

Huge UNC fan, so glad you guys whipped up on Puke, but losing to a DII school, even if an exhibition, does not sound like a top team, nor a "contender."  I would say a "contender" for the NIT if you base it on the result of the DII loss.  The good news is that it doesn't count and this can be a wake up call.  I think Syracuse had a similar issue 2 years ago and they still had a good year.  Good luck to you team this coming year, just pray you don't meet UNC........LOADED!!!!



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

no worries.  Arizona will be a top team and contender this season.  Next season will be #1 throughout especially with the addition of Tarcqewski.  Zona with #1 recruiting class in nation by far for 2012. 


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