McConnell ready to move forward

T.J. McConnell did not perform well against Weber State, but is quickly got over it. Read on to see how he did that, his thoughts on Gonzaga, and more.

Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell was not happy with his performance over Weber State, but knows that he must move past it in order to succeed against Gonzaga.

"I watched the film and I have cleaned up everything that happened," McConnell said. "It was obviously a rough day for me, but that is behind me now and I am excited and ready.

"You just have to forget about the last game. If you hold onto it, it could carry into the next game. I have already forgotten about last game. The key is to look ahead and take care of your next opponent."

That next opponent is Gonzaga and McConnell is looking forward to the challenge that is ahead.

"I think we match up pretty well, but they are obviously a great that that has been in this position plenty of times before," he said. "They are extremely well coached, so we have a big task on our hands.

"We watched them play a lot this year and you obviously hear about them a lot from analysts and stuff. From us watching film we know a lot about them. We're prepared for them, it is just a matter of us going out and executing."

When asked to compare Gonzaga to an opponent Arizona has seen this season, McConnell had some difficulty doing so.

"They have a 7-foot-1 guy who is hard to stop down there and they have shooters everywhere," he said. "I wouldn't really compare them to anyone and they are one of the best teams we have this season."

McConnell has the challenge of trying to contain Gonzaga's guards, which is the strength of the Bulldogs.

"It's definitely going to be a challenge for me and Nick, but I know we will be up to the challenge," McConnell said. "They are great players and they deserve all the recognition that they get. We need to be ready."

If Arizona is not ready and fails to start off slowly like it did against Weber State, the Wildcats could be in for a long night.

"I just hope our team starts off fast, not like we did against Weber State," McConnell said. "We are going to need to start off well and if we get into a hole like that against Gonzaga it might be hard to scratch ourselves back."

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