November 26, 2007

Loss to KU gives reasons for optimism

The Arizona men's basketball team, as well as its fans, learned a lot about their team on Sunday night in a marquee matchup with the fourth ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The heartbreaking loss in overtime was surprising to many fans but not for those who were on the court and battling for the entire length of the game.

Arizona found itself down early with a double digit deficit before clawing back in the game. After the early period, only once more during the game was Arizona down by at least five points.

The Wildcats played their most passionate game of the season and it came against an opponent that had an opportunity to break the hearts of Arizona players and fans alike. Critics would have had the Wildcats lose this game by 20 points or more but fortunately it's the players on the court that settle the game.

Arizona had a chance to win the game before overtime but senior forward Bret Brielmaier missed a jumper from right inside the three point arc, a shot that he feels comfortable making.

It's obvious that the play was not designed for Brielmaier to take the shot but the hot shooter of the night, Chase Budinger was facing an aggressive double team.

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