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Sean Miller: ‘The toughest teams survive’
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Derrick Williams didn’t even know the shot went in.
He just drives to the hoop as Texas’ Jordan Hamilton crashes into his legs, flips up a shot with his right hand, braces for the fall and hopes for the best.
With the game hanging in the balance.
A berth in the Sweet 16 vs. Duke on the line.
And the shot goes in.
“Surprised it went in,” Williams said in the postgame interview. “Glad it went in.”
Then, Williams made one more shot go in — the free throw for a 70-69 lead.
And then Arizona forced a slashing J’Covan Brown into a wild shot. And then time ran out while Williams — of course — was right there to prevent Gary Johnson from attempting a last-second shot after grabbing the rebound.
All this after the Wildcats forced Texas into a turnover — a five-second violation — as the Longhorns tried to in-bound the ball. And they only did that after coach Rick Barnes, somewhat questionably, called timeout with 14.5 seconds left and his team up two points. Shouldn’t he have just waited for Arizona to foul?
Whatever. That’s Texas’ problem.
Hey, is this fun or what?
I mean, what’s been Arizona’s margin of error in the past two games? About half a second?