Notebook: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona lost to Colorado on Saturday. Read on for notes on why the Wildcats lost.

Arizona's season possibly came to an end on Saturday with a 53-51 loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament final. The Wildcats will wait for their fate to be determined on Sunday, but chances that UA receives an at-large big are slim-to-none with the NIT seeming likely

It was a hard fought game for the first 20 minutes before the Buffaloes began to break away early in the second half. Arizona had a huge opportunity down the stretch as CU connected on only one field goal – a crucial dunk by Carlon Brown - over the final nine minutes of play. Unfortunately the Wildcats made too many mistakes and failed to convert on several opportunities to complete the comeback down the stretch.

  • Senior Kyle Fogg may have played his final game in college but it didn't end the way he would have liked. Fogg scored 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting, but failed to convert on a desperation heave as time expired. On the final play, Fogg missed an opportunity to pass to several other teammates and took a contested shot as time was winding down.

  • Solomon Hill finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in the losing effort. Hill was solid throughout but seemed hesitant to take advantage of one-on-one defense at times. Hill's shot from long range was off as well, as the junior missed all four of his opportunities from beyond the arc.

  • Jesse Perry reached double figures with 11 points and led his team in rebounding with eight. In perhaps his final collegiate game, Perry put forth another solid outing but it ultimately came in a losing effort.

  • It was another 40 minute struggle on the offensive end of the floor for Arizona. UA shot just 36.7 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three-point range. The Wildcats started the contest knocking down five out of their first 10 attempts from three-point range, but missed their last nine attempts from beyond the arc and failed knock down a three-pointer in the second half. A team that thrives on its outside shooting, Arizona fell flat in an area where it could least afford to.

  • Arizona's lack of size was exposed on the glass. Colorado out-rebounded Arizona 38 to 23 and in a game that wasn't decided until the clock expired, the 15-rebound advantage went a long way in the victory for CU.

  • Suspensions, departures, injuries and ineffective players ultimately caught up to the Wildcats. A roster that has been steadily decimated since the conclusion of last season, Arizona was reduced to a seven man rotation in the busiest period of the college basketball season. The lack of depth had players taking on unfamiliar roles and playing out of position and the obstacles eventually proved to be too much to overcome.

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