Arizona Player of the Game:
Kevin Parrom – The senior was a player that stood out in the victory on Saturday. The Wildcats had an all-around performance for the most part, but Parrom was just one level above everyone else.
The forward hit a career-high five three pointers en route to nineteen points. He was also nearly flawless from the field, missing just a single trey attempt and a free throw. Parrom added seven rebounds in the winning effort as well.
Having Parrom in the starting lineup has been paying dividends for Sean Miller. The senior is coming out of the gates with great energy. On Saturday, he hit two three-pointers early and set the tone for the game. The game remained close for several minutes, but Arizona wasn't at a disadvantage early like it had been at other times.
In addition, the play of the offense in general has been great for Arizona over the past two games. The team was moving fluently against WSU and had very few trips down the court that ended in a desperation long ball as the shot clock was winding down. Given, there is still room for improvement, but the offensive end of the ball is back on the right track after having a rough patch over the past few weeks.
Finally, it needs to be mentioned that Kaleb Tarczewski played one of his better, if not best, games in an Arizona uniform. Washington State isn't a top tier team this season, but Motum and D.J. Shelton are both decent big men, especially playing against a freshman. Tarczewski had twelve points on the day, setting a new career high for himself.
The biggest part of those twelve points is that he was four of five from the free throw stripe. The center also had poor moments, getting stripped on the post a few times, but logged quality minutes overall and showed signs of greatness.
Sean Miller Quotable
"Kevin Parrom's effort in the second half, we really needed him to step up and make shots. And he did. The percentage that he shot in Pac-12 play is not reflective of who he is as a shooter. It's up to us to give him good shots, and it's up to him to take the good shots.
"When he does, we just know that essentially that percentage will go up. With his 19 points, that's why we are starting him. As you can see, a senior late in February with a lot at stake, I don't know where we would be in this game if Kevin didn't play the way he did."
"I'm selfish; I don't want to share with anybody," Parrom said. "I'm a senior and I want to cut down the nets on senior night. We want to do what we do because we can't control what the other team does. The next few games we have to buckle down on defense and play consistent."