UCLA advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on Friday night with their win over the Arizona Wildcats after a late run, but the win didn’t come without a touch of controversy. The Bruins tied the game late in the second half after Arizona head coach Sean Miller was called for a technical foul — which is his first technical foul of the year — and Bruins guard Jordan Adams approached the free throw line to tie up the game.
After the dust settled and the game was over, Miller met with media and took the blame for his team’s two-point loss.
”I told my team that’s all completely on me,” Miller said during the post-game press conference. “If you’re the coach and you get a technical in this type of situation under four minutes, that’s unacceptable. He hit both free throws, hence the difference in the game.
“That technical right there’s hard to swallow. When you lose by two and you gave them two and you’re the coach, you have to take the burden, and I’ve got that with me.”
Miller was unhappy with the call because he feels it wasn’t deserved. According to Miller’s story, he never swore at the officials and he simply stated “he touched the ball” over and over again.
However, the technical didn’t come because of Miller’s language. It came because he left the coaches box, which coaches were warned about before the game.
Miller’s post-game rant was entertaining and luckily his Wildcats will be able to play for redemption in the 2013 NCAA tournament, or else he may be doing more than leaving the coaches box next time.
Here is video of Miller’s rant:
I would be willing to bet two things: 1) Miller won’t be leaving the coaching box anytime soon, and 2) he touched the ball.
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