Hoop Notes: ASU week

Arizona brought Kevin O'Neill in to shore up the defense. He was obviously not happy with the team's performance against Oregon. Here are the highlights of his weekly press conference from Monday.

*KO stressed than not only will the ASU game be tough, but every game "from here on out" will be as well.

*He has already watched the Oregon game 2-3 times and has watched 5-6 of ASU's games already.

*He discussed how the Devils play all zone. Theirs is a match-up zone that extends out and can mimic a man-to-man defense at times.

*At the time of the press conference the new rankings were not out, but KO said he'd vote for ASU if he indeed had a vote in the coach's poll.

*Jerryd Bayless is still day-to-day with his sprained knee. He worked out a little in the morning and will likely be a game day decision.

*KO was very critical of the Wildcats' defensive effort against Oregon and noted that part of the problem was not having Bayless to defend on the perimeter.

*He likes the Cats' match-ups with ASU a lot more than he did with the match-ups against Oregon.

*KO noted that Arizona has been good against the zone all year and that the secret was to attack it and not settle for bad jumpshots.

*He was concerned about the team's lack of rebounding when Jordan Hill was out of the game, He called a Hill-less front line "average".

*KO said in a perfect world he'd play a lesser team at home on the ASU weekend rather than travel on the road.

*He had no starting line-up or rotation set and would not decide on one until Tuesday at the earliest and maybe not until game day.

*He was very complimentary of ASU freshman James Harden, calling him a "special player".

*Admitted he was concerned about starting Daniel Dillon in place of Bret Breilmaier because it would leave the Cats without a perimeter player on the bench, assuming that Bayless is out.

*KO said he is preparing as if Bayless will not play and said that is pretty standard. He never counts on injured players.


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