Arizona led for most of the way against the Texas Longhorns and weathered the storm late as it danced into the Sweet 16 with a 70-69 victory. The Wildcats had players step up and will now face the top ranked Duke Blue Devils.
Here are WildcatAuthority.com's player grades for Arizona vs. Texas:
Solomon Hill: It was his probably his best effort in a Wildcat uniform and it came at the most important time so far in his young career. With Derrick Williams struggling from the floor, Arizona needed someone to step up and one of the players who did was Hill. He scored 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting and he did a great job of scoring inside the lane against Texas. Rebounding was strong in which Hill grabbed eight with four of them coming on the offensive end. What a way to rebound off of a subpar game on Thursday.
Derrick Williams: He only shot 4 of 14 from the field and it was definitely a struggle. But great players keep playing and find a way. Williams stayed aggressive and got to the free throw line where he shot 9 of 15 and had two huge foul and-one plays that led to a victory. The play with 9.6 seconds left may go down as one of the most memorable plays in Arizona history. Williams finished with 17 points and rebounded well all game as he grabbed nine.
Jordin Mayes: Mayes was another player that stepped up huge while Williams was struggling from the field. This entire weekend he played with great confidence and only missed one shot in two games. Mayes hit two three-pointers in the first half to get Arizona some breathing room and scored 16 points on 6 of 7 shooting and made all four three-point shots. He also added two assists and played good defense to collect two steals and complete an unprecedented weekend for him.
Kyle Fogg: Fogg hit the first three pointer of the game for Arizona and played a really solid game on both sides of the court. He made both of his attempts from the field, scoring five points. He had a team high four assists including the last pass to Williams as he got the game winning play. Fogg also added three rebounds and one block.
Brendon Lavender: With a one point victory, it is obvious that every point in this tournament is very important. A player that has had an up and down season, Lavender came into the game and hit two straight three-point shots in the first half. Confidence across the board was important for Arizona to advance and Lavender definitely had it against Texas.
Kyryl Natyazhko: Tristan Thompson is an imposing player physically and Arizona needed someone to match it. Williams was in foul trouble and Natyazhko was asked to come in and play hard minutes in which he did. He played great defense and helped hold Thompson to three points on 1 of 4 shooting.
Jesse Perry: It was a strong all around game for Perry, who also had some big buckets in the game. Perry also played good defense and matched the physical presence that Texas was sure to bring. There were some shots that were not necessary but he made up for it as he always does with hard work. He scored four points on 2 of 5 shooting, grabbed three rebounds, had two steals and a block. Arizona will need his hard work against Duke.
Lamont Jones: The best part of the game for Jones was that he had two assists and no turnovers. But the rest of the game was a bit of a struggle for the sophomore guard. He shot 0 of 6 from the field and some of the shots were bad shots to begin with. But, Arizona escaped with a win and Jones has had some big moments this season. What bigger stage than against Duke.
Player Grades: Arizona vs. Texas
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