Arizona head coach Sean Miller does not usually feel good after a loss.
However, the effort against Washington this past weekend was enough to give Miller confidence for the rest of the season.
"It was the one game this year that I felt good after the game even though we lost," said Miller. "The way our five starters played with Derrick Williams only playing eight minutes, for us to be in the game, winning at halftime and having a real opportunity to win, I think really says a lot about our team's growth."
One of the major reasons the team has been relatively successful this season is because the freshmen have been able to transition well.
"With a lot of good, young players it's a bonus when they play well and if they don't then their team can still win. That's not the case with this year's team.
"I really believe that as a group they have gotten better, I think they are an unselfish group and some have played better than others. I think all five are really keepers, I am very optimistic about each one of their futures."
Although Arizona lost both games this past weekend, it will now head home to play Oregon.
"The Oregon game on offense and defense was one of our best," said Miller. "I do think they are playing a different style, playing more zone and we're going to have to be ready for that."
In addition, the Beavers will present a challenge of style, as shown by the fact that the UA lost the last time out.
"With Oregon State I knew before we went on that trip, the way they play, I knew it would be an adjustment for our freshmen," explained Miller. "If you remember that game, we got better as the game wore on.
"Hopefully, the second time around we'll be more comfortable, more prepared. Its part of the young group, now they have done it the first time there are no excuses for inexperience the second."
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