Arizona Basketball Coach
March 21, 2011 by staff
Arizona Basketball Coach, Arizona Wildcats sophomore Derrick Williams did not even know that the shooting was in He only drives to the basket as Texas Jordan Hamilton crashes in the legs, stands a shot with his right hand, ready for the fall and expects the best. With the game hanging in the balance. A place in the Sweet 16 vs. Duke in the line. And the shot going in.
“Surprised it was,” Williams said in the postgame interview. “I’m glad that was in- Then Williams made one more shot to go in – the free throw for a 70-69 advantage.
And then forced Arizona J’Covan Brown cut a wild shot. And then he ran out of time, while Williams – of course – was there to prevent Gary Johnson attempting a last-second shot after grabbing the rebound.
All this after the Wildcats forced Texas into a turnover – a five-second violation – such as having and treated in-bound the ball. And it did so only after coach Rick Barnes, somewhat questionable, call timeout with 14.5 seconds left and his team two points. Should not he have just waited to Arizona for the worse?
Whatever. That is the problem of Texas.
Hey, it’s so fun or what?
I mean, what has the state of Arizona margin of error in the last two games? Approximately half a second?
UA is making its way more satisfying in the NCAA Tournament since dagger Salim Stoudamire against Oklahoma State in the Sweet 2005 16, and never hurts to have the luck of a lottery winner and the tenacity of an underground fighter.
“In this tournament,” coach Sean Miller said his team in the locker room (video here), “the toughest teams survive. Evil is necessary. And I’ll tell you right now, a man, we’ve earned that win.
Yes, Arizona has Superman – that’s what teammates are increasingly calling Williams – but to a man, the Wildcats have required each individual contribution. Big or small. A shining moment … or completely lost in the box score.
Recent nameless heroes Williams
Solomon Hill. The best game ever. Sixteen points and eight rebound, spinning his way through the Longhorns defense.
“There was a lot of post moves and a lot of post moves of the NBA, put backs, rebounds,” Williams said. “If we had to play aggressive and hard tonight, we would have lost this game.”
Natyazhko Kyryl. An invaluable defensive presence of Arizona faced Texas essentially tied in together and – voila! – Freshman star Tristan Thompson became invisible.
Brendon Lavender. Back-to-back 3-point first half.
Jordin Mayes. The best game ever. The freshman hit 4 of 4 3 points on the road to a career-high 16 points.
It is unlikely that makes all the madness possible.
“Not many people we had won this game,” said Hill. “I think as a team, if we come together and everybody came through our deep rotation of 10 men … could be seen carrying it out.”
With finishes of this type, Arizona could hold their fans. Back to the Washington game in the Pac-10 tournament final. Wildcats have played three consecutive games were still undecided with less than 1 second to play?
And yet it is real … and it is spectacular.
The plot could not be juicier.
No. 1 seed Duke expected at 6:45 pm on Thursday in Anaheim in a rematch of the final 2001 national championship. The Blue Devils opened as a favorite of two digits, which is perfect for chip-in-your-wild wide shoulders.
“Today everyone we lost. And all taken to heart,” said Williams after beating Texas.
“You never want to be the favorite, but today we were the underdogs, and we wanted to show we can beat anybody. We have more games to win. Two down, four more to go. That’s all I can say about it.
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