Without Allonzo Trier, Arizona has been forced to play the younger players even more minutes than originally anticipated.
It caught up with the Wildcats against Butler, as Arizona suffered its first loss of the season.
Despite the result, Sean Miller wasn’t necessarily disappointed in his team.
“I thought our effort level was outstanding,” Miller said. “We showed great resilience and toughness.
“We played through a couple of times when things weren’t necessarily going our way. For a young group like we have, I am very proud of our effort.”
If there was any type of disappointing aspect beyond the final result, it was that Arizona simply lacked the ability to stay calm at the end of the game.
“Our last three minutes hurt our chances of winning, but it was more of a lack of poise,” Miller said,
“It was a group of five that is normally not playing together and we had several bad offensive possessions in a row.”
The lack of poise hurt Arizona defensively and in the end, that cost the Wildcats the game.
“The last three minutes we were up four with the ball and they ended up beating us by eight,” Miller said.
“We try to pride ourselves on how we finish a game. We played with great effort, but we did not play with a lot of poise or intelligence down the stretch.”