SALT LAKE CITY — When the Arizona Wildcats were making their run in the NCAA Tournament two years ago, coach Sean Miller relentlessly pounded on a theme.
“Attack or be attacked,” he told his team. “There is no in between.”
Stolen wisdom from Yoda perhaps, but just as applicable today as it was then, if not more so. This group of Wildcats is far, far away from having a player like Derrick Williams, but when all the pieces are moving together, forcibly and in rhythm — as they were Thursday night — Arizona looks ready to take on the college basketball galaxy.
Sixth-seeded Arizona attacked No. 11 seed Belmont from the start and quelled the popular upset pick, 81-64, to advance to Saturday’s round of 32 against — surprise — 14th-seeded Harvard at EnergySolutions Arena.
“You don’t want to be smacked, you want to be the one smacking the other team in the face,” senior guard Kevin Parrom said after beating Belmont. “You want to play hard and send a statement.”