Derrick Williams becoming special

As if Derrick Williams needed more compliments, he earned them on Saturday night with his performance with an injured hand.

As if Derrick Williams needed more compliments, he earned them on Saturday night with his performance with an injured hand.

"I have to give Derrick Williams a lot of credit," Sean Miller said. "He played hard despite his injury. Usually it takes a couple games to figure out a new rhythm, but it obviously didn't take him that long.

"Had he not been in foul trouble, he probably would have had an even bigger game than he did."

While the team was cautious going into the game, Williams surpassed expectations.

"We thought he was going to be a little bit slower because of his hand so the rest of us would have to step up," Kyle Fogg said. "But luckily, Derrick was still Derrick. It didn't slow him down at all.

"It actually worked out in our favor because Derrick was playing well and the rest of us had that attacking mentality."

One aspect Arizona will have to improve is its defense, as it has room for improvement with or without Williams.

"When we head to the Bay Area, we're going to face a pair of schools that have a big low-post presence," Miller said. "Trapping the post is important for us, but if we do it too much, it opens up more opportunities from three.

"We have a good three-point defense, but it'll still cause us a lot of problems. It can certainly help us at times, but it can also really hurt us."

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