Arizona looks like it is a team that is improving each week and much of that has to do with exceeding the other team's effort.
"Early in the season, coach told us there's not much of a difference between us and the starters," Kevin Parrom said. "We have to just do our job and provide a spark. In practice, coach just tells me to go strong off the back screen and be aggressive going to the rim and that's what I'm trying to do in our games.
"Derrick isn't the only one there. There are four other players out there. We just have to go out there and be aggressive."
Still, Sean Miller is a bit concerned with how Arizona closed out games this past week.
"For our guys, when we're up double digits, we have to protect the ball, and play smarter defense," Miller said. "USC had a ten to nothing run in the last two and a half minutes, which also happened against UCLA. We talked about it after that game, but obviously we didn't correct that tonight.
"We have to finish strong, and we can't let this keep happening. It'll be even worse if we're up by five on the road, and our opponent goes on a run like this. We need to get better at protecting the lead at the end of the game."
In order to keep winning, Parrom realizes the effort is going to have to keep up.
"We just have to mature as the season goes," he said. "It's disappointing today we didn't close the game. We just can't let up. We have to be aggressive and just continue to play strong."
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