Your second-ranked Arizona Wildcats …
That’s something that hasn’t been said about UA basketball in more than a decade, with the Cats earning that spot in this week’s AP and coaches’ polls after beating Duke on Friday night to win the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City.
A long, two-stop flight home, a potential letdown and a quick return to the court made Tuesday night’s game against Texas Tech a test of focus, of Arizona’s maturity.
The Wildcats raced to a 10-0 start, survived some sloppy play on offense and then pulled away for a comfortable-enough 79-58 win at McKale Center. Pretty much what a No. 2-ranked team is supposed to do.
“I was really worried about tonight’s game,” coach Sean Miller said. “I was just hopeful that our team could move from that week and that trip and come here with a lot of energy and play.
“For the most part, I was glad we were able to win with the score that it ended. No question, we could have played better at times, but it’s a long season and it’s difficult to ask for perfection in every game from start to finish.”