Out of their Hands

With the loss to Arizona State on Thursday, Arizona will now play the waiting game in order to see if it made the tourney.

With the loss to Arizona State on Thursday, Arizona will now play the waiting game in order to see if it made the tourney.

After the game, Arizona head coach Russ Pennell did not take the opportunity to make a case for his squad, but rather said that it is no longer up to him nor the Wildcats.

"It's just out of our hands," he said. "We'll be just like everyone else sitting there watching on Sunday. It just boils down to at the end of the day, is our body of work good enough?"

Chase Budinger says that he is not worried and implied that either way, the season is likely not over due to a NIT bid.

"Whatever happens on Sunday is whatever happens," Budinger said. "We're going to be practicing and watching film, just keep on playing the season. We're just going to try to get better as a team, forget about the past and look forward."

The strongest case, however, for Arizona making the tournament may have been made by the opposition.

"Admittedly biased, but I think our league is as deep and as talented and as balanced as any in the country," ASU head coach Herb Sendek said. "Do I believe Arizona is one of the top 65 teams in the country? I would say yes. As competitors, we have great respect for them."

All of this is moot, however, as there is nothing that Arizona can do. It is now out of their hands and like the team, we all play the waiting game.

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