McConnell vows to improve

Point guard T.J. McConnell has been a steady part of Arizona's success. However, he is disappointed with the way he played against Arizona State. Read on to see why that is, his thoughts moving forward, and more.

Arizona got one day off after losing to Arizona State and attention then turned to quickly fixing what went wrong.

"We got the day off right after ASU and it pretty much gave us a whole day to think about it," T.J. McConnell said. "Then we watched film the next day and saw what we could have done better and what we did wrong and after that film's over you have to pretty much move on and worry about your next opponent."

Watching the video, McConnell realized that he may have pressed the action.

"I kind of think I pressed a little too much in this last game and it might have cost us a little bit," he said. "That's on me and I have to manage the offense better and I know that I am going to do that from now on, so I am going to try not to make that mistake again."

McConnell was disappointed in his six turnovers and believes they could have been prevented.

"I thought I forced a few shots here and there, but to have six turnovers as a point guard I think is a career high for me," he said. "I have never turned the ball over that much. I would say it was some dumb decisions on my part and trying to force the issue to get some people the ball. I thought it pretty much cost us ultimately."

Arizona has been working on numerous rotations since Brandon Ashley went down with an injury, but McConnell pointed to something else as being a reason for the offensive struggles.

"With the guys coming off the bench, they still have to get used to playing with us," McConnell said. "I just think it is all about ball movement and screening for us.

"I think if we stand on offense, we are really easy to guard. If we move on offense and share the ball like we have all year, I think we will be fine. We know and everybody knows our offense doesn't look like it did against ASU. We will bounce back."

Opposing defenses have been daring McConnell to shoot more lately and it is something that he has accepted.

"I know teams have been doing the scouting and playing off me a little bit," McConnell said. "When I drive they have been playing tight on their man, so it is hard for me to pass.

"If I am open I am going to shoot it and if they continue to play me like that I am going to continue to shoot."


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