Arizona impressive in win

Arizona defeated Stanford 101-87 at Mckale on Saturday to keep its tournament hopes alive.

Arizona defeated Stanford 101-87 at McKale on Saturday to keep its tournament hopes alive.

Arizona head coach Russ Pennell says that he was happy with the performance and has had the same feeling about the team throughout the entire season.

"I was proud of how we came out and played," he said. "We should a lot of heart and I think that that describes this team best. We beat a very athletic and very underrated Stanford team.

"This team met all expectations. We know we have little room for error. We will continue to prepare for games and hopefully continue to win."

The Big three combined for 75 of Arizona's points and Chase Budinger says that the performance of the three gives the team confidence, as it definitely makes Arizona better.

"All three of us played well tonight," he said. "We knew we had to step up for the team. Nic played tremendously. He led us out there. Jordan was a beast down low. He didn't get some calls down there, but he kept battling and played great. When the three of us play that well, it's hard to beat us."

With the win, Arizona will face Arizona State in the first round of the conference tournament.

"We have to come out and play like we did tonight, play hard and with a lot of intensity," Budinger said. "This will be a great opportunity for redemption. In both games we were in the game at the end. We had chances to win both, so we're still pretty confident.

"ASU is a great team and they're coming off a big win against Cal. We're two teams that are playing well. This will be fun."

Pennell agrees that beating ASU will be a difficult task.

"Our mind set is we have to beat them. They are a very good team. James Harden is not only one of the best players in our conference. He is one of the best players in the country.

"In order for us to beat them, we have to shoot the ball well and defend the arc. We need to push tempo. We have been close a couple of times. Now we need to close the deal."

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