The Arizona Wildcats have advanced into the third round of the NCAA tournament after a close 77-75 win over the Memphis Tigers. Next, Arizona will face Texas in Tulsa at a chance to get to the Sweet 16.
Here are WildcatAuthority.com's player grades for Arizona vs. Memphis:
Derrick Williams: In one of the best single performances of the day, Williams showed that he is one of the best big men in the country. It was a mismatch for Memphis and Williams exploited it. On 6 of 11 shooting, he scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and had one huge block. He forced a box-and-one defense to be put on him which is the first time in a while you have seen that type of defense on a big man. Williams gives his teammates confidence and they will need more of that in the third round.
Jamelle Horne: The senior came up big for Arizona and played well throughout the game. Horne scored nine points on 3 of 6 shooting while grabbing four rebounds, three of which were on the offensive end. He also had three assists and had no turnovers. Horne's three-pointer in the second half was huge to get the Wildcats going into the right direction.
Lamont Jones: Jones had a few aspects that helped win this game for Arizona including his great free throw shooting. The point guard shot 7 of 8 from the charity stripe and 5 of 10 from the field to finish with 18 points. With the shot clock winding down late in the second half, Jones came up big again with hitting a three-pointer. On the other hand, the Wildcats still need him to be a point guard and make good decisions with the ball. No assists in the tournament will be tough to overcome moving forward.
Kevin Parrom: I thought this would have been a game that Parrom would have shined in. The sophomore forward was in foul trouble constantly and it put Arizona in a difficult place. Questionable calls or not, Parrom could not be on the court as much as he was needed. In 18 minutes of play he scored nine points on 3 of 4 shooting, had three rebounds and three steals. Arizona will need him against Texas.
Jordin Mayes: A lot was asked of the freshman guard Mayes who had to come in due to foul trouble on both Parrom and Fogg. There are games where you forget that Mayes is a freshman as he played confident against Memphis, scoring eight points on 2 of 2 shooting and making all three attempts from the free-throw line. Decision making was pretty good as well for Mayes who had no turnovers.
Kyle Fogg: Fogg got his starting roll back but it was struggle for him as well as he was in foul trouble as well. He could not get into a flow for the game at all and shot 0 for 4 from beyond the arc and 1 for 5 from the field overall. He had two assists and two turnovers with no rebounds and no steals. His defense was affected by the fouls as he could not be as aggressive on the ball. With Texas' good guard play he will need to step his game up to the next level.
Solomon Hill: In his first tournament game, Hill definitely did not have his best showing. Taking care of the ball was a problem for the sophomore forward who had five turnovers which are a lot for him. He did have five rebounds and seven points on 3 of 5 shooting. Hill just has to show his poise as he is another player who will need to play well against Texas.
Jesse Perry: Perry is another player who was setup to have a strong game against an inferior front line but he could not get anything going offensively either. He in fact did not score any points as he went 0 for 4 from the field during the game. Perry did grab four rebounds to go along with a steal and an assists. He will have a tougher matchup against Texas and must find a way to play better.
Player Grades: Arizona vs. Memphis
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