18th ranked Wildcats finish non-conference with a 31-point blowout win

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Comanche said the balanced scoring "shows the guys really step up, that we have three freshmen and a transfer and they can all step up and defend and play together as a team'". Play like I do in practice.

"He's blessed with some wonderful talent", Miller said. He's 6-foot-11, he runs and he jumps effortlessly. He's really smart and plays two positions.

While Comanche played well at Missouri on December 10, he was ineffective a week later against Texas A&M, and in between there was the Grand Canyon game, when Miller expressed frustration that Comanche had four turnovers against the Antelopes' aggressive defense. (Dusan) Ristic is a lot better than, I think, people give him credit for.

You could sense Arizona fans in McKale Center were hoping a UNM basket would come soon, given they had to stand for that long.

Said Comanche: "I think we've been ready for awhile and not that it's actually here (it's) like "oh, wow, it's a week away" but I think we're going to be more than ready". But in Houston he was spectacular offensively.

"Rawle (Alkins), he's done some great things for our team but some of those (four) turnovers tonight weren't good ones". They are really good, they know their roles. We don't have a junior-senior point guard backcourt combination.

Arizona: The Wildcats take the holidays off, then open Pac-12 play December 30 at California.

"That was the best game that he's played this season, maybe in two seasons", Miller said.

Given the team has had seven players for "all but a handful of games", Miller is satisfied with the team's play so far. I like giving our guys a true Christmas break, and then it's the end of non-conference, don't worry about anything and come back and get ready for conference.

"If we could get some good health and some good news moving forward, it would be nice to have our full allotment of players and if that's the case, I think this team has a big upside", Miller said.

Miller shook and tilted his head down slightly.

"You never know until you are in it", Miller said. "I can't comment on that".

If Trier is allowed to return for conference play, he won't miss any more games.

Kadeem Allen and Kobi Simmons added 11 points apiece.

Allen was 0 for 6 with three turnovers to his four assists against the Aggies on Saturday, while also struggling along with his teammates to hold off Texas A&M's furious late rally, appearing to be exhausted on both sides of the court. Arizona's top three scorers are all freshmen, with forward Lauri Markkanen leading the way with 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.

"I thought his leadership in setting the tone on offense and defense says a lot about who he is", Miller said.

"Chance, that was the best game he's played this season, maybe in two seasons". Eastern on the Pac-12 Network, with full streaming details available below. But Miller said Arizona has seen a lot from opponents to make him feel like his team is ready, given a few more practices.

Don't count out the Arizona Wildcats just yet. We're playing a really, really good team.

And when a game doesn't feel good, sometimes the mood carries on.

"That's probably what I like most about our team". "We were ready to play, and that was Game 13 in a short period of time with some younger players".