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Kevin Parrom to make second straight start Wednesday vs. Washington

Feb 20, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

Kevin Parrom AP

Arizona turned to senior Kevin Parrom in the face of a two-game losing streak, putting him in the starting lineup Sunday in a win over Utah. Coach Sean Miller and the Wildcats will keep with that plan Wednesday when they meet Washington and look to hold their ground in the Pac-12 race, the Tucson Citizen is reporting.

“Coach pretty much knows when I’m out there I’m going to play my hardest, whether I’m starting or the sixth man or whatever role I get,” Parrom told the paper. “He trusts me in whatever role he puts me in.”

Parrom started in place of freshman Brandon Ashely against Utah and responded with a near double-double of nine points and nine rebounds.

“Like a lot of seniors, when you come down the home stretch, sometimes you want to play so well it works against you,” Miller said, as reported by the paper. “Injecting him into the starting lineup I think is a good way for us to show how much we believe in him.”

Parrom and Mark Lyons have been the senior leaders for an Arizona team that started off hot in the non-conference, but has cooled off a bit in Pac-12 play. Starting Parrom takes some size out of the initial lineup on the floor, but he can still produce. Shifting Ashley toward coming off the bench had its benefits, too.

“Brandon was as big a reason why we beat Utah as any player,” Miller said. “To me, his role is as significant, if not more significant, moving forward because of how important his play is overall to our team’s success.”

Arizona tips off against Washington at 9 p.m. ET.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. namriverrat69 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Zona has a tendency to come out cold in so many games. I think they are not completely focused. Then they exert energy playing catch up and you can only do that successfully so many times. You run out of gas sometimes.

    Their young players seem not to have progessed as much as Miller had hoped. Some still make the same mistakes they started the season making. The freshmen will have to step up much bigger if they intend to get out of the first round of the tournament. I certainly hope they can find that magic and put it together come March Madness and make a good run.

    On a lighter note, Josh Pastner has his Memphis Tigers playing well. He has so much ability & as a life long Arizona fan – I hope he succeeds in his career. I can still hear the fans chanting his name late in games when he got in. They loved this kid. Most still do.

  2. namriverrat69 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    One other thing. The wildcats need practice playing against the zone. They have been severely disrupted by teams throwing a zone at them. It has totally confused the Cats. If the Cats don’t learn to adapt to the zone they will be out of tournament even more quickly.

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