Parrom looking forward to UCLA

Kevin Parrom is looking forward to playing UCLA on Thursday. Read on for his thoughts on the game, how Arizona matches up, and more.

When senior Kevin Parrom met with the media on Tuesday, he did not try to hide the fact that he believes Thursday's game against UCLA is of great importance.

"I guess this is what everybody has waited for," Parrom said. "It's a big game. They have a very talented team. We're very talented too. We have some good freshman, they have good freshman.

"I think it is going to be a battle. I think everybody is going to have to come ready to play, especially on the defensive end because they can score. It is obvious. I think we will be ready."

UCLA has struggled a bit with post defense and Parrom believes that a good strategy may be to try to get Kaleb Tarczewski involved early.

"I think we are going to try to feed it to Kaleb and also Brandon to try and use our big guys as best we can," Parrom said. "Try to work our way inside and out so that we can be able to win the game as best as possible. Kaleb has been very active these past couple of games and has played very well defensively.

"We are going to try and give him the ball, but I think this is the first year we are actually bigger than them or matchup with them. I think going inside to Kaleb, Brandon, and Grant should be very good for us."

Parrom is confident in Arizona's offense, but admits that he believes the Wildcats are a work in progress on the defensive side.

"I think so far this season we have been inconsistent on the defensive end," he said. "One thing coach emphasizes is us rebounding, especially offensive rebounding. I think definitely on Thursday we are going to have to play good defense in order to beat those guys because they are very talented.

"We are just trying to be consistent throughout the whole year defensively. We know we can score, we have a lot of talented guys, but Thursday is going to be a big game defensively for us."

Parrom is healthier than he has been in years and has believed that his health is a big key to his success so far this season.

"I always tell myself that if I was healthy all season, everything would take care of itself," he said. "I have been healthy, taking care of my body, been consistent in practice.

"I have been doing what I have to do for myself and my team, so hopefully I can continue to do that and stay healthy and at the end everything will take care of itself."

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