Tarczewski locked in

Kaleb Tarczewski believes Thursday's game with San Diego State could come down to rebounding. Read on to see his thoughts on that battle, SDSU's offense, and more.

Arizona has numerous keys to victory going into each game and it seems that the biggest focus for Thursday's game against San Diego State will be rebounding.

"I think that is something that we have really been focusing on in the past few days," Kaleb Tarczewski said. "On the scouting report we see that everybody in their starting five averages about two offensive rebounds if not more per game."

Although the Aztecs are generally strong on the glass, Tarczewski says that their ability to grab offensive rebounds has posed a problem for their opponents.

"Really being locked in on blocking out, rebounding with all five, I think that is the most important thing we can do," he said.

"If we limit their offensive rebounds, that will really help us on offense and allow us to push the ball more and also limits their second chance opportunities. I think that is really the key to the game tomorrow. "

In addition, Tarcewski will act as an anchor on defense against a squad that is among the biggest the Wildcats have seen all season.

"They do have a little bit of unique offense because they post their two and three a little bit and try to create mismatches," Tarczewski said. "They are a great team overall and pretty quick on defense, so we need to lock in and make sure we do everything we can. They kind of swarm the ball a lot, so we just have to do what we do."

Tarczewski believes that Arizona will be completely focused in its Sweet 16 game and attributes that to his head coach.

"I think the most important thing about Coach Miller is his relationship with all the guys off the court," Tarczewski said. "We all have a tremendous trust in him. You know, not only as our coach, but as a mentor, someone that can teach us things not only on the basketball court but also in real life.

"I think that's why we have such a close team this year is a lot because of that connection. Obviously, he's a great coach. He's all about the process and doing what we do. I think that's really why we're so locked in and prepared for every game."


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