The Arizona Wildcats have advanced to the Elite 8 with a resounding 93-77 victory over the Duke Blue Devils Thursday night. Derrick Williams played like the player of the year and got help from his teammates who poured in a 55 point second half to knock off the defending national champions.
Here are WildcatAuthority.com's player grades for Arizona vs. Duke:
Derrick Williams: Let's be real here, Williams played like he was one of the best three players in America against Duke. His first half rivaled any half played by any other player this whole season with five threes and 25 points. He was on another planet. The second half his teammates joined in on the party and he finished with 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against a Duke front court that did not want anything to do with the Wildcat's star.
Lamont Jones: His second half of play will be remembered for a while. He is often criticized for his point guard play but put on a real show in the second half. Jones was aggressive and was almost perfect in the pick-and-roll on his way to 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting and six assists with no turnovers. His leadership started to show strong in that second half and he was a key reason for Arizona having a 55 point second half.
Solomon Hill: I thought Hill would be able to exploit Kyle Singler throughout the game but it took him until the second half to get comfortable. When he did, Duke could not stop him as well. Hill shot 5 of 8 from the field for 13 points and was extremely active on the boards, collecting five. His energy level could not be matched by any of the Duke forwards and it was a great half by Hill as well.
Kyle Fogg: The shooting guard was the only other player to help Williams out in the first half with a couple of jumpers and great defense on Nolan Smith. His defense on Smith was going to be huge and he absolutely made it tough for a player that has not had many tough games this season. On offense, Fogg scored eight points on 3 of 8 shooting with one assist and one steal. His defense and early contribution was huge for Arizona.
Jamelle Horne: His three in the second half put Arizona up five and that really got the confidence of the team peaking. Horne played like a senior that did not want his final season to end. The signature moment of his career will no longer be the rouge foul against UAB, but the dunk facial he put on Duke's Singler that got the Honda Center out of its seats. Horne finished with seven points on 2 of 4 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Kevin Parrom: Shooting is contagious and he followed suit in the second half as well. Parrom shot 3 of 4 and made his only three point attempt on his way to a seven point outing. He split time with Hill as they defended Singler and while he had a really good half, Parrom was a large reason for the lack of a great second half by a pretty good player.
Jesse Perry: I liked his aggressiveness in both halves, as it was important to take it right at Duke despite it having decent shot blockers. Perry was a major key into the beginning of the comeback that turned into a blowout early in the second half. He hit two shots to get the ball rolling and he finished with five points on 2 of 6 shooting. Rebounding was another huge impact that Perry had on the game, grabbing six as he helped Arizona win the rebounding battle 35-26.
Player Grades: Arizona vs. Duke
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