Can Arizona bounce back from this?

There's two conceivable ways Arizona's season can go after its heartbreaking loss to UAB on Tuesday night at McKale Center.

There's two conceivable ways Arizona's season can go after its heartbreaking loss to UAB on Tuesday night at McKale Center.

Arizona can quit or bounce back. At this time, I'd give the Wildcats 50-50 odds at both.

It's very difficult to say with any kind of confidence that Arizona is going to learn from its mistakes against UAB and turn this season into a successful one. Really, there just isn't enough talent on the roster for that to be possible.

It is also difficult to predict that Jamelle Horne and Kyle Fogg will forget about what happened and become stronger for it. There seems to be an even greater chance that they don't learn from it and let it impact them throughout the season, if not their careers.

I know that's being somewhat dramatic, but that was an extremely dramatic sequence of events and there's no college kid who could just sweep something like that under the carpet.

We'll learn a lot from how Horne and Fogg play against Mississippi Valley State on Monday in Athens, Georgia. Should they come out, play hard and focus on the task at hand, they'll be fine.

What you have to look for is if they buckle or rise to the occasion at the next form of adversity.

There are so many concerns about this basketball team, but it's way too early to quit on the players. They don't have a great chance to be good, but they still have a chance, and for that you have to keep watching and hope to see improvement on a game to game basis.

For now, that's not too tough to ask.

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