The Arizona Wildcats are 12-0. Couldn’t be better.
Arizona will ride high into the new year, ranked No. 3 and coming off a Christmas Night victory in Honolulu when (Saint) Nick Johnson swatted away a layup in the final seconds to give UA a 68-67 victory over San Diego State in the Diamond Head Classic.
The 12-0 start matches the program’s best since the 1987-88 season — that can’t really be a quarter century ago, can it? — but college basketball is a process, gathering speed toward March, so the 12-0 record has to be put into context.
Coach Sean Miller did.
“One of the things we learned about our team is we have a big heart,” Miller said in his postgame radio interview on 1290-AM (KCUB).
“We have the ability to make big plays at the right time. So much of this comes down to the ending of games, and players being able to make big free throws, being able to make a drive to get fouled … ”
And soar through the air for a blocked shot.