The great run by the Arizona Wildcats has come to a close after losing the Elite Eight battle to the Connecticut Huskies, 65-63. The Wildcats finished the season with a 30-8 record and overachieved to make an Elite Eight run in the tournament.
Here are WildcatAuthority.com's player grades for Arizona vs. Connecticut:
Derrick Williams: Worst case scenario for Arizona early was Williams being in foul trouble. He got his third foul with significant time left in the first half that got Arizona out of rhythm offensively. He played well in the second half, scoring 14 of his 20 points in some important parts of the game. Williams did not shoot the ball particularly well, going 5 of 13 from the field and 1 of 6 from deep. Nevertheless, what a great season.
Jesse Perry: One of the main reasons that Arizona put itself in a position to win against Connecticut was the play of Perry. He was the most consistent player all night and played well in the paint, as he scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Perry also was a force on the boards, collecting seven rebounds and in the last game of the season, the junior showed that he had a major impact on the success of this year's team.
Kyle Fogg: Fogg was the only player that shot well from beyond the arc, making 2 of 3 attempts and 4 of 8 from the field overall. His 11 points was important but his main job was going to be playing defense on Kemba Walker. Arizona had a good game plan against him and held the guard to 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting, including 1 of 7 from deep. Fogg did his job and made Walker make tough shots.
Lamont Jones: Arizona was going to need a big game from Jones and while he did not play spectacular, he had a solid game. Jones is getting very good at playing the pick and roll and that will be something to look into come next season. Jones had eight points on 4 of 9 shooting with two assists and two turnovers. The point guard was under a lot of criticism all season, but he was the lead guard on an Elite Eight team.
Solomon Hill: The energy was still there against the Huskies but Hill could not get his shot to fall and you hate to see his season end on a 1 for 6 shooting night. The sophomore did have a game-high 10 rebounds as he was intent on sealing possessions for Arizona. Despite not scoring, Hill also distributed the ball well with four assists and the game was set up for him to have a great impact on the game, but his shot just did not fall.
Jamelle Horne: Horne was another player who was going to be called on to hit some big shots but only hit 1 of 7 from the field, including going 1 of 4 from three-point range. In his last game in an Arizona jersey you could only hope that he shot the ball better. The three he hit late was huge and the last attempt looked like it was heading in.
Kevin Parrom: Parrom did a great job on the offensive boards as he collected four of his six on the offensive end. He too could not get it going offensively as he shot 1 of 4 from the field but his two points came on a hard fought rebound among the trees. His biggest impact was going to be on defense, as he needed to contain Jeremy Lamb, who had 19 points and was a major reason for the Huskies to advance.
Jordin Mayes: You almost thought every time a shot went up from the freshman that the ball was going in, but it was not so for Mayes. He was 1 of 4 from the field and was 0 for 3 from beyond the arc. He had been so hot that it was surprising to see him struggle shooting the ball. Mayes did have three assists in 12 minutes of play.
Player Grades: UA vs. UConn
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