Arizona's quick starts continue

Arizona was able to start quickly against Stanford and never look back. Read on to see what Sean Miller says about those starts and more.

Arizona has made a habit in the past few games of getting off to a fast start and Sunday was no different, as the Wildcats built a big lead and never looked back.

"We came out ready to go," Sean Miller said. "You never know how the game might go with so much at stake like today."

T.J. McConnell believes that getting off to a quick start makes everything on offense go smoothly.

"Anytime you can start off like that and get a good lead, it's great," he said. "If we keep playing like this we're going to be fine.

"We're making the extra passes. We're also starting to hit outside shots and Kaleb is dominating down low. Everybody is playing well right now."

After the win, Miller gave credit to the backcourt for setting the pace on both sides of the ball.

"Jordin Mayes did an outstanding job in both halves," Miller said. "He defended and kept us in rhythm. He took what the defense gave him.

"Our back court, Nick (Johnson) and T.J. (McConnell) really imposed their will on offense and defense. They have a confidence about them and as the season has gone on I think that confidence has continued to grow."

In addition, Miller made sure to mention Brandon Ashley and the players that stepped in when he was lost for the season with a foot injury.

"We are a true team," Miller said. "Brandon was a big part of a championship here today. Brandon Ashley did not lose this season. He played in 21 consecutive games and started in all 21 of them. I don't think anyone is happier than him that we were able to pick up our play. He has a huge part of this season and still is.

"Everyone on our team is contributing more. Matt Korcheck did a nice job today as well as Elliott (Pitts). Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) is almost like a spark. He's been that for some time and the energy he brings can't be understated."

Freshman Aaron Gordon agreed with his head coach, as he gave credit to Hollis-Jefferson for his defensive effort.

"Rondae is a freak athlete," Gordon said. "He has a great nose for the ball and just makes winning plays. He did that tonight for us and he does that every night."

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