Kevin Parrom: "Everyone will have a chip on their shoulder on Thursday."
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) 3rd-ranked Arizona basketball (12-0, 0-0 Pac-12) returns home to McKale Center to host Colorado (10-2, 0-0 Pac-12) Thursday in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
The Cats are opening its 35th season of Pac-12 competition and the UA has a 23-11 record (.676) in conference openers since its league debut in December 1978.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller said "We're at the beginning of a new year. Things have really gone smoothly for us. I think every coach and staff has their fingers crossed that it's a work in progress and we can continue to be that unselfish, hard working team that we've been for the first couple of months of the season."
In seven home games to date, Arizona has shot 50.8 percent from the field, and outrebounded its opponents by 7.3 rebounds per game while posting a +18.4 scoring margin.
This is the first time Arizona has played Colorado since losing to the Buffaloes in the 2012 Pac-12 tournament championship game.
Senior Kevin Parrom was injured for that game. He said, "I want to play harder because I didn't get a chance to play in that game. Everyone is going to have a chip on their shoulder after what happened last year."
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