McConnell reflects after loss

T.J. McConnell kept his head up after losing to Wisconsin on Saturday. Read on to see his thoughts on his first NCAA Tournament and more.

T.J. McConnell sat in the Arizona locker room with his head up. He did not back away from any media and took everything head on. Instead of sitting in his sorrows, he chose to look at the positives instead.

"Not many teams at Arizona have won as many games as we did and to be one shot away from a Final Four obviously hurts, but we have to look towards next year," McConnell said.

This was the first NCAA Tournament from McConnell and there is plenty that he can take away from the experience.

"It was obviously a great ride," he said. "To make it to the Elite Eight in my first tournament is pretty special. I could have done some things differently today, but I can't change it now and have to look towards next year."

In addition, McConnell took time to credit the fans that he had the opportunity to play in front nearly each night.

"I literally can't describe in words how much I love our fans," McConnell said. "They travel everywhere and they won us most of our games this year with how intense they were and it kind of scares the other team.

"I wouldn't want to play for any other fans in the world and this is the best fan base in the country."

For Arizona, the difference between winning and losing was likely the performance of Frank Kaminsky, who scored 28 points for the Badgers.

"They played well on defense," McConnell said. "Kaminsky had a career night for sure, but I wouldn't trade this team for anything. Not many teams can say they played in the Elite Eight and I am proud of this team.

"That's what the tournament is about. Guys step up and he obviously had a great game. You just have to congratulate Wisconsin."


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