Notebook: Arizona vs. Colorado

The Wildcats had numerous impressive performances on Thursday. Read on for a notebook on why the Wildcats were able to come away with the win.

Arizona came up with a crucial 71-57 victory over Colorado at McKale Center on Thursday night. The Wildcats' received a tough battle from the Buffaloes, but in the end, UA proved to be too much for CU to handle. Arizona's defense was strong once again, making life difficult for Colorado. The Wildcats defense was smothering and prevented the Buffaloes from getting into any sort of rhythm offensively.

UA was led by its veterans and play in the paint. Despite being at a size disadvantage, the Wildcats dominated the game underneath the basket. Arizona played tough team defense and kept CU from controlling the boards, thanks to the play of its upper classmen.

  • Solomon Hill recorded another double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The junior shot an efficient 6-for-10 from the floor and put forth the extra effort on the glass to set a game-high in boards. Hill's play offensively helped open up the floor and his determination on the glass frustrated the Buffaloes on both ends of the court.

  • Forward Jesse Perry led Arizona in scoring with 17 points and also recorded a double-double by grabbing 11 boards. The senior assisted Hill in leading UA on both ends the floor as the duo put together a solid effort in the paint.

  • Kyle Fogg reached double digits as well with 15 points on 4-for-9 from the floor. Fogg also made another big impact on defense, especially along the perimeter. The senior's defensive play has been a constant theme all year and it only seems to be improving as the season progresses. The Buffaloes shot just a shade over 21 percent from three-point range and a significant portion of CU's shortcomings along the perimeter were due to Fogg's presence.

  • The Wildcats' defense continues to impress as they held Colorado to 37.3 percent shooting overall. Arizona's offense did its part, but the Wildcats play on the defensive end of the floor continues to serve as the primary factor in their victories.

  • The way UA controlled the paint was another key to the Wildcats 14-point victory. Outrebounding Colorado 43-to-31 allowed Arizona to keep the Buffaloes at a comfortable distance in the second half. CU kept the rebound differential relatively close in the first half, but UA was too strong of a squad on the boards for 40 minutes and the Buffaloes were unable to hang in the game.

  • The win coupled with Washington's loss to Oregon on Thursday moves Arizona into within a game of first place. With only six regular season games remaining, UA has put itself right in the thick of the race just a couple of weeks after its chances looked bleak.

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