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Princeton was a bad match-up for Arizona and here's why

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Princeton is much better than your average 15 seed. They're ranked 68 in RPI rankings, which out them ahead of a number of big named schools. They're tough and Princeton is actually a pretty big team overall. Their tallest player is 6'9, but their shortest player is 6'4. Their guards were giving our smaller guards fits and that's were the true advantage came into play. Deep down I think a lot of UofA fans new that once Princeton was announced as the opponent, it was not going to be an easy game. I mean, we lost to Washington State at home, so this loss really shouldn't be as much of a shock after all.




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Reply #1 on: March 17, 2023, 11:41:39 AM
Other 15 seeds:

Vermont - 63
Asheville - 81
Colgate - 100

14 Seeds:

Kennesaw - 53
Montana St - 89
Grand Canyon - 91
UCSB - 95

Even Furman as a 13 seed was ranked higher than Princeton.  Arizona and Xavier didn't get favorable matchups from the committee...



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Reply #2 on: March 17, 2023, 11:42:10 AM
Furman was ranked "lower" than Princeton (typo)



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Reply #3 on: March 17, 2023, 02:25:05 PM
That is because the committee doesn't care about what is and isn't, they want certain teams to advance and they place the bracket that way. However, it does not really matter where you are placed you have to have heart and put forth effort to win. We had neither heart no efort and deserved to go home in the first round. In fact IF we were NOT going to make an effort we should have removed ourselves from the dance and allowed the next best team into it. Talk about embarrassing? We were absolutely heartless.



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Reply #4 on: March 17, 2023, 05:07:07 PM
I really don't like posts like this. We are sugar-coating things and reaching to make excuses. There really shouldn't be any excuses to lose to Princeton.



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Reply #5 on: March 18, 2023, 05:44:26 AM
Unless your opponent is ranked higher than you, there is never an excuse to lose.  Still, it is a fact that other programs had easier first round matchups, according to analytics.



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Reply #6 on: March 18, 2023, 10:47:30 AM
Unless your opponent is ranked higher than you, there is never an excuse to lose.  Still, it is a fact that other programs had easier first round matchups, according to analytics.

It's time for you to pack it up for the season KC Cat. Your crusading is falling flat and missing the mark. The apologist stuff and finding a way to make it make sense is unbecoming of someone who typically has at least a decent reply. There's no excuse. "Tournament Tommy" is not who you think he is.



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Reply #7 on: March 18, 2023, 02:17:32 PM
I had to make excuses for Miller during a 10 year span and it got us nothing but a few conference championships…which this staff has already accomplished over a two year span.

Go back to Tempe if you don’t want to cheer for your alma mater.



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Reply #8 on: March 18, 2023, 07:53:34 PM
There should never be a situation where a program with as much talent as Arizona should be losing to a program like Princeton.
99% of the time, this team beats Princeton by +20pts.

I believe the problem is this program lacked that killer instinct to go on a 10-0 or 12-0 run to REALLY put the game away.
Arizona goes on an 8-0 run, but allow a 10-0 run to let their opponent right back into the game.
There should be an "all gas" type of mindset when it comes to competition, especially when you have Arizona across your chest.
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Reply #9 on: March 19, 2023, 12:07:43 PM
I had to make excuses for Miller during a 10 year span and it got us nothing but a few conference championships…which this staff has already accomplished over a two year span.

Go back to Tempe if you don’t want to cheer for your alma mater.
Lets work with the facts here. Miller got 5 Pac championships, 5 S16's and 3 EE's (1st in his 2nd year). We all like Lloyd as a coach, but he has a long way to go to get to Miller status.



 




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