Players express disappointment with loss

Arizona's players expressed their frustration after Friday's loss to UCLA. Read on to see their thoughts on the loss, their focus, and where they go from here.

Although Arizona have a strong effort against UCLA, it was enough to advance in the Pac-12 tournament and the disappointment showed after the game.

"It was definitely a great experience coming out here and competing with my team," Brandon Ashley said. "I mean, without the win and without the championship, it's definitely not what we wanted. And as far as what I can learn, just to keep playing hard and keep my head in the game."

Sean Miller was quick to praise Brandon Ashley, who played one of his best games of the season on Friday night.

"Brandon may have played his best game of the season today," Miller said. "Think about 7 for 8 from the field. He did a great job. Our freshmen have done nothing but get better and that's the other part about the tournament that I feel so good watching them out there. They're playing at a very, very high level, a much higher level now than they did earlier in the year."

Senior Solomon Hill believes that the refs got into Arizona's head, causing the Wildcats to struggle a bit.

"I thought our team played hard," he said. "I think we were an aggressive team when we started the game. We lost a little bit of our aggressiveness in the second half.

"We let the refs dictate our play in the second half and our tempo. When you start getting down on the refs and try to argue with the refs, you kind of lose focus on the team goals and what we want to do out there."

In order for Arizona to advance in the NCAA tournament, Hill feels that the Wildcats will have to keep up defensively.

"I thinks as a team, just our defense has to be the tempo of the game," he said. "We have to continue playing defense the way we have been in this tournament. I think the sky's the limit for us.

"I think we need to be a little more aggressive going to the rim and trying to get fouled, if that's getting Brandon some touches down low and getting Kaleb some touches down low. All in all, I think we have to stay as a team, continue playing as a fist and not letting outside sources dictate our play and just continue to keep playing hard."


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