Arizona Lacking Effort in Upset Loss to Colorado

By David LaRose
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In a budding rivalry, or at least that’s what Colorado fans would consider it, and a revenge game for CU, Arizona was dominated by the Buffaloes in Boulder. The atmosphere in the Coors Events Center would certainly suggest that this series between Colorado and Arizona is evolving into a rivalry, especially considering their previous three meetings.

Colorado beat Arizona twice in their last three meetings and deserved to beat them a third time, if not for a blown call on a Sabatino Chen game winner in Tucson. One of those games included Colorado beating Zona to capture the Pac 12 tournament last March, and after the game Wildcats head coach Sean Miller said that there is no greater gift to the Pac 12 than Colorado joining the conference.

He might want to take that back now seeing how the Buffs have been a matchup nightmare for his squad, but that’s not what did them in on Thursday night during their 71-58 defeat.

Of course Miller said after the game that a lack of effort was not the case, but senior forward Solomon Hill saw the game differently than his generi- sounding coach.

“We just didn’t pick it up today. They were the more aggressive team, start to finish.”

A player on the court is the true barometer of how his team really played because he was out there seeing it first hand. Hill would know if his teammates were dogging it a bit, and pointed it out post-game.

I don’t know if it’s panic time yet for Arizona because they are still 20-4 overall and sitting in good shape in the conference. But with that said, they will need to figure something out soon, or else they could continue to drop in the standings.

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