Wildcats persevere through foul trouble

Arizona had difficulty with fouls on Thursday, but was able to play through it and win. Read on to see what Miller says about the way the game was called and more.

There were a total of 51 fouls called in Thursday's game between Arizona and Stanford, but it never got the best of the Wildcats.

“It was a really unique game, a lot of fouls called, and we were in dire straits because of our foul trouble," Miller said.

"But we played through foul trouble, and from the 16 minute mark until the last few minutes, we found our groove offensively, and we had a number of guys do a good job.”

The number of fouls called can impact numerous parts of the game, but Miller is happy with how his team responded.

"The way the game is called affects everything," he said. "From how you sub to how you run offense and defense. At one point in the first half, we had six fouls on our side of half-court: two charges and four of what they called over the back.

"Three of the four led to six points. When that happens, I give our guys credit because adversity, being on the road, can tilt the game the wrong way, but we hung in there.”

The 82 points Arizona allowed is among the highest in the past few years and Miller credits Stanford, despite the numbers being a bit deceiving.

“We've proven we're a very good defensive team, but if you look at the final score, Stanford did a great job against us," Miller said.

"Some of it might be a little skewed because of how the game ended. I don't know how many points they scored in the last few minutes, but it felt like 15 to 20.”

Still, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was one of the players that stood out defensively for Arizona.

“Rondae is like a versatile defensive back," Miller said. "He's not just a cover guy. He's somebody who can blitz, he can defend a myriad of different types of players.

"In the same game, he can guard the other team's one and four. I thought his effort was exceptional, and Chasson Randle is a really good player.”


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