Team effort leads Wildcats over Bruins

Sean Miller credited Arizona's win to a complete team effort. Read on to see what he had to say about that and more.

Arizona defeated UCLA on Saturday and Sean Miller had a difficult time singling out one player.

“It’s really hard for me to pick anybody out,” Miller said. “Obviously Kobi Simmons had a great game, but so did Lauri and a lot of other guys. 

“We talk about taking care of the basketball and if you go on the road and put up single digit turnovers, a lot of good things can happen.”

When discussing each individual player, Miller made it a point to discuss how happy he was with Parker Jackson Cartwright’s play.

“Parker, we’ve watched so much shoot the ball well every day and it hasn’t translated to the game,” Miller said. “In fairness to him, when you have the injury he had, it is difficult to put everything together. 

“Watching him make a couple of threes today and I know at UCLA’s end, they are probably saying ‘God, he doesn’t make one three and he made one against us.’ That’s who he is. It’s more indicative of how ability to make threes watching him today.”

As far as Miller is concerned, this game was won on rebounding and taking care of the ball.

“A big stat when we play is who gets more rebounds and USC wound up out-rebounding us,” Miller said. “Not a lot of times when a team out-rebounds us, do we come out at the positive end of it. 

“Even tonight, the minute we get away from our strengths and defensive rebounding is a big one, we’re vulnerable. 

“Out-rebounding UCLA 42-33 was a big stat and looking at our single digit turnovers of seven. When you play a whole game with seven turnovers, especially with putting Allonzo in there, that’s something I think was a big reason why we were able to win.”

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