Notebook: Arizona vs. Washington

Arizona was unable to defeat Washington on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats could not get the win.

Arizona's Pac-12 title aspirations took a serious hit with a 79-70 loss at Washington on Saturday. The defeat shouldn't put a huge dent in UA's NCAA Tournament chances, but the Wildcats can't afford to lose any of the remaining games on their schedule

UA hung with Washington until the Huskies pulled away late in the second half. UW is now in the driver's seat for the conference crown and Arizona will have to settle for an at large bid or win the Pac-12 Tournament.

  • UA's defense didn't play at the level it had been playing at leading up to this contest and the Wildcats struggled to catch up for the majority of the contest. Washington only shot 41.8 percent as a team, but that was mainly due to the team's struggles behind the three-point line. The Huskies connected on over half of their two-point shot attempts and converted on numerous easy looks around the basket.

  • The play of Terrence Ross is what propelled UW's fast start offensively. The sophomore finished the contest with a game-high 25 points – 15 in the first half - and came through on the defensive end of the floor with five steals.

  • Freshman Tony Wroten has been an elite freshman all season long and his high level energy gave UA fits throughout the game. Wroten concluded the game with 22 points and nine rebounds as Arizona really had trouble containing the UW guard.

  • Freshman Nick Johnson led the Wildcats with 20 points and was one of the main reasons Arizona was able to keep the game in reach for much of the second half. Johnson shot 6-for-14 and did a good job at the foul line, shooting 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. Johnson added four assists and four rebounds in one of his better overall performances this season.

  • Solomon Hill added another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The junior shot just 2-for-7 from the floor, but did a good job drawing contact as he earned 13 free throw attempts. Hill had an up-and-down game, but his performance was still beneficial for the Wildcats as his effort on the glass was one of the primary reasons UA kept it close.

  • Kyle Fogg shot just 33 percent from the floor and when the senior guard doesn't shoot well, UA usually loses. That was the case Saturday as Fogg connected on just one out of five shots from beyond the arc.

  • The Wildcats shot just 39.3 percent from the floor and for a team that gives up size to virtually every opponent it faces, subpar shooting is nearly impossible to overcome. Washington shot just under 42 percent and still won by nine points mainly because the Wildcats missed out on too many opportunities to put points on the board.

  • The numbers in the box score between each team are very comparable, but perhaps the biggest difference in the outcome of the game was the turnover differential. Arizona coughed up possession just 11 times, but Washington took even better care of the ball. The Wildcats' normally stout defense failed to come up with a steal all game and forced UW into just five turnovers in 40 minutes of play.

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