Game Notes: Arizona vs. Oregon

Arizona won the Pac-10 title outright on Saturday and breaks it down.

Arizona clinched its first Pac-10 regular season championship since 2005 when UA defeated Oregon 90-82 at McKale Center on Saturday. The Wildcats struggled putting the Ducks away in the second half, but played just well enough to come away with the victory.

Arizona will move on to the Pac-10 Tournament next week as the top seed and will look to win its first conference tournament championship in nine years.

  • Kyle Fogg finished as the Wildcats' leading scorer with 20 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start from the field and picked up the scoring slack in the first half for Derrick Williams, who spent a lot of the first half in foul trouble. Fogg finished the afternoon 4-for-7 from the floor (all from three point range) and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.

  • Williams finished with 14 points and five rebounds despite having only two of those points in the first half. Williams woke up after the break and stepped up to help UA seal the victory. Oregon did a good job of neutralizing Williams in the first half, but the sophomore forward seemed much more determined to put the ball in the basket in the second frame.

  • Solomon Hill stepped up big to score 14 points, grab five boards and dish out two assists. For the second straight outing, Hill appeared to be much more assertive within the offense and looks much more comfortable now than he has at any point since arriving on campus. His play over the past two games has been essential to the Wildcats holding leads down the stretch in each contest.

  • Sophomore Kevin Parrom was aggressive off the bench again, scoring 11 points, grabbing four boards and dishing out a game-high five assists. It was the second straight contest where both Hill and Parrom had strong, efficient performances in the same contest – a very good sign heading into the post season.

  • In his last game a McKale Center, senior Jamelle Horne scored 10 points and hit a couple of big threes in key moments of the game. Not many college basketball players have been on the roller-coaster that Horne has been on the past four years and come out smiling at the end, but Horne has taken his role as a senior very well. Horne's team play has been big for the Wildcats all year and he has a chance to go out on a very high note in the postseason.

  • Arizona did a very good job on the glass, out-rebounding Oregon 31-to-24. The Wildcats ability to control the glass was able to limit the Ducks second chance opportunities was a big reason UA was in charge for most of the contest

  • The Wildcats three-point shooting has been a strength all season long and, once again, it was a positive factor for them Saturday. UA shot 11-for-25 (44 percent) from long range and would seemingly hit a big three any time UO would appear to be making a big run.

  • Arizona shot 10 more free throws than Oregon Saturday and also made 10 more than the Ducks. UA's ability to draw fouls kept the Wildcats ahead and also put Joevan Catron (who had a big game with 28 points) in foul trouble.

  • The Pac-10 championship is the 12th for Arizona and the first in the Sean Miller era. Miller has now won a conference title in four of his past five years as a head coach.

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