Miller never doubted Arizona

Sean Miller says that he never doubted Arizona on Friday. Read on to see why that is, his thoughts on Weber, and more.

Sean Miller has been somewhat known to build up Arizona's opponent, but there was something genuine in his words about Weber State on Friday.

"Weber is one of the best teams we've played all season," Miller said. "We played some of the great teams in college basketball and I don't care what the name of their conference is or what they say on their shirt, they have a center who can score in the low post as well as any player that we have scouted.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game, and I think we're excited and in some ways fortunate to advance. We weren't ready at the beginning of the game, not because we took Weber for granted. I thought we had some anxiety, dropped balls, missed shots and got down 7 0. Once we got through that stretch, we played some really good basketball and I think for half of the second half we did the same thing and let we let our guard down.

"I didn't think we finished the game well and when you play against a good team they make a run at you, which they did. We're excited to advance, we're 31 4. I know the next game is going to be a terrific game and one of my hopes is playing one of these, getting one of these under our belt, we're more ourselves and even better here on Sunday because I think all of us know we will need to be."

Despite Weber State making a few runs, Miller believes that the UA was in control for the majority of the game.

"I never felt the game was in doubt," Miller said. "They made a really good run, but I think our lead was as many as 18, 20, and once we got through the first four minutes of the game, I felt like we were in control."

One of the few statistical categories Weber State had an advantage in was at the free-throw line, where it went 20-23.

"That's not a problem for our offense, that's a problem for our defense," Miller said of free-throw shooting. "When you think about it, out of their 59 points that they scored, 20 of their 59 came from the foul line. Now they went 20 for 23, but I think five different times during the game with 5 seconds or less on the shot clock one of our perimeter defenders reached in and fouled.

"Just a complete lack of discipline, lack of concentration. You're going to foul in the game of basketball but the silly reach ins, especially when the shot clock is that low, it makes it difficult because they're either going to go to the foul line and shoot or they get a brand new 35 seconds and they get another possession.

"If we would have been more disciplined with our fouls and kept them off the line we would have had an incredible defensive performance.

"That's why when you look at the stat sheet they shot 30% for the game and we shot 55% for the game and usually when that happens the score is even more lopsided, but we negated some of our great defense with reaching in and that's something we have to correct going forward. "

In addition, one of the more concerning aspect of the game is that Arizona got out-rebounded 32-31.

"We gave him a couple of second shots," Miller said. "I think Joel Bolomboy had seven actually and I think he kept others alive. I think he had more toward 10 offensive rebounds than 7. Now, his partner, Tresnak had one field goal during the game, so part of what Joel Bolomboy enjoyed was the fact that his man was trapping Tresnak.

"Someone said moving forward it's only going to get tougher in the post. I don't believe that. I think Weber State's two post players are about as good as you can get when you consider how big they are. Their size.

"One leads the nation in rebounding or is close and one is a first team all conference center who can score and they do a great job of getting him the ball. Well coached team, disciplined team. Weber was playing great basketball today and no question, it was a good game for us to play, because I think it reminded all of us how hard it is to play in this tournament."

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