McConnell credits resiliency in win

Arizona showed resiliency in its win over Utah. Read on to see what T.J. McConnell has to say about his teammates and more.

T.J. McConnell had no issues enjoying Arizona's win over Utah, but also realizes there is plenty more basketball to be played.

"It feels good, but we’re focused on our next two games at home," McConnell said. "We don’t want to drop two at home and then they win two and tie it back up. We’re on to the next game. it feels good, but we have to forget about it."

The win over Utah was not easy by any means and that difficulty gives the Wildcats some valuable experience.

"We’ve played in crowds like this and this is one of the best crowds I have played in front of since I have been in college," McConnell said. "They are a great team and this obviously gives us experience for the tournament and next two games.

"I know some of the freshmen didn't know what it is like to play in here, but now they do. It will be helpful when we play in Vegas and in the tournament."

Arizona found itself down six, but never seemed to get rattled.

"I would say if you’re an experienced team you’re resilient and you know when to make the plays and lock down on defense and we did that tonight," McConnell said.

"We kind of just huddled up and said we have been here before. We need to get stops and we will let the offense take care of itself."

Delon Wright is considered the favorite for Pac-12 Player of the Year, but McConnell acknowledges that he has made a push as of late.

"If I win it, that’s great," he said. "If I don’t, that’s fine too.

"It would be nice to win it, but there are a lot of great players in this league. Delon Wright is definitely deserving of that award. Chasson Randle, Joe Young. If I win it, thats great. If not, just focus on the next game."


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