Miller looking for players to step up

Sean Miller addressed the media on Tuesday. Read on for his thoughts on who he wants to take the last shot, the Washington schools, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats returned home after collecting a split in the newest region of the Pac-12 conference, beating Utah convincingly 77-51 while losing in Boulder to Colorado, 64-63.

Head coach Sean Miller is all about getting better each game and wouldn't mind picking up wins in the meantime. After being in control for most of the game against Colorado, the Wildcats still found themselves down one with about 25 seconds to go and a chance to win the game.

Arizona couldn't find a better look than a corner three-point attempt by Kevin Parrom that missed everything and it got people thinking about the late game issues that Arizona continues to have.

Miller understands that it is a problem and the Wildcats have already started working on it in practice.

"We addressed it yesterday in practice and I think I have to do a better job of building confidence in who is going to take the last shot and who is going to do it," Miller explained. "I will say though that no circumstance is the same. For example, when you play against Oregon they are in a matchup zone, so there is not really a true set play you can diagram against a matchup zone.

"In our situation at Colorado, they were in a man-to-man. We did call a play and we tried to put the ball in a number of guy's hands to use a ball screen that didn't work out."

Arizona attempted to run a play that it had been accustomed to running throughout the game due to the fact that it did not have any timeouts left when it got the ball. Having the ball in the hands of a playmaker will be a must going forward.

"Its two things; having somebody who can get fouled and having somebody who can really drive the ball without making a pass," said Miller. "Josiah [Turner] is really developing as one of those key players. It's tough to give the ball to a freshman in those situations, but one of the things I believe with him having the ball is that he can get fouled, he can beat his man, and also he can make the pass."

Late game situations have cost Arizona games this season such as Florida, Oregon, and now Colorado. The schedule does not get any easier for the Wildcats, who now welcome both Washington State and Washington into town this weekend.

Arizona is 9-2 at home this season and are 2-1 at home against conference opponents and playing well at home from here on out is very important to the immediate future of the Wildcats.

"We have 18 conferences games and home games are precious to all of us," said Miller. "The objective is to play well at home in a conference game. If you do that, then the nation will watch that and see it. A lot of times if playing in front of the nation becomes the thing that you talk about, what's lost is playing the right way, doing the things that make us a good team.

"Our backs are against the wall in a lot of ways and one of the ways that we give ourselves some momentum is to win both home games this week."

Saturday's matchup against Washington will be nationally televised and will be the second annual White-Out at McKale Center. However, first is a matchup with the 11-8 Cougars that poses another big test for Arizona.

Not looking past Washington State will be critical for Arizona to take that momentum into Saturday's game.

"I like to think that our guys understand that our game on Thursday night is the most important game on our schedule," said Miller. "It's the next game and we have proven that there is not a big difference in the final score in any game that we've played.

"It would be nice because the first win always gives you some momentum heading into the second game. We are focused exclusively on Washington State."

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