No more waiting

The waiting is done for Arizona. Read on to see what numerous players say about the season so far, fan support, and more.

Arizona arrived to Salt Lake City on Tuesday and on Wednesday met with the media one final time before it faces Belmont on Thursday.

"You know, it's a great show of our work through the regular season that we're here," Solomon Hill said. "This is what you work for throughout the season. Guys are not upset about the Pac 12 season or the Tournament Championship, because when it's all said and done, you want to do something big in the tournament. So we're grateful to be here."

Hill has no complaints about where Arizona is seeded and is happy with the fact that the Wildcats are close to home.

"I think we got a good seeding as far as location when you look at both parts in hand," Hill said. "As far as your seed number, doesn't matter who you play. Everybody in the field are really good teams.

"You look at what Cal has, a chance to play a game in San Jose and it's kind of like a home game and doesn't matter because every team is going to be good at this point and everybody is something to show out and we have a chance to stay closer to Arizona and have our fans show out, so I think we got a good deal with our seed."

In addition, Hill does not see Arizona's seeding as a motivating factor because winning the title should be all the motivation the Wildcats need.

"I don't think it's a motivator," he said. "If you need something to motivate you at this point you're here for the wrong reasons. I think everybody on our team wants to win. I think we all dial into what we are going to do on the court and not about the opponent.

"I think we want to stick to what we want to do defensively and really key in on the way they score on offense, I think we have a good chance of going out there and executing a defensive plan."

Senior point guard Mark Lyons agrees that there is nothing to complain about in terms of Arizona's seeding and is happy with the way the season has gone so far.

"Yeah, I think it's been a great season for us so far," he said. "You can't win every game. We started out real hot, 14 0. Our conference is one of the best conferences in college basketball, if not the best.

"So we had our ups and downs, but we fought hard and I feel like we're playing our best basketball right now. We got a bunch of guys who want to win, so our will to win is at a high level and as long as it stays like that we should be in this tournament for a while."

Arizona expects to have plenty of support this weekend and Hill is confident that it could be a deciding factor in the game.

"That's big time," Hill said of the support. "That's a big part of the program that Arizona brings to the table. It's part of the tradition we have. It's one of the reasons I chose the University of Arizona when you can have a turnout like we did in Vegas, and I hope to see the same here.

"It's huge for us," Nick Johnson added. "Whenever we can have a home environment away on the road, it always gives us an advantage."

Wildcat Authority Top Stories