Notebook: Arizona vs. Bucknell

Arizona lost to Bucknell on Wednesday for numerous reason. Read on for a notebook on what held the Wildcats back.

Arizona's disappointing season came to a crashing halt on Wednesday night as the Wildcats were upset on their home floor by Bucknell 65-54 in the opening round of the NIT. The loss concludes the 2011-12 campaign for Sean Miller and his squad, which has been one roller coaster of a season for the program.

UA simply didn't come to play on Wednesday and fell in a big hole early in the first half. The Wildcats eventually cut into the lead and took a two-point lead in the second half. The advantage was short-lived as Bucknell recovered and eventually took over the game. Arizona failed to mount a comeback and its season came to a conclusion.

  • Solomon Hill had the best night of any Wildcat, scoring 17 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out four assists and collecting two steals. Hill did his best to extend UA's season, but the rest of the team failed to step up to the plate. In down year for UA basketball, Hill's performance since the beginning of conference play is a silver lining of sorts for the Wildcats to build off of heading into next season.

  • Jesse Perry put forth his best effort in an attempt to extend his college career at least one more game. The senior finished the night with 14 points and four rebounds and was the only other player other than Hill to reach double figures. Unfortunately for UA, Perry's effort was rendered meaningless as Arizona failed to come away with a victory.

  • The Wildcats had a poor showing on the offensive end of the floor and it prevented them from being able to advance to the next round. UA shot 35.4 percent overall and just 30 percent from beyond the arc. On a night where UA needed its long distance shooters to step up, they fell flat and really hindered the Wildcats offensive attack.

  • Conversely, Bucknell was a bit more efficient on the offensive end of the floor. Arizona held the Bison to just 40.8 percent shooting overall, but its perimeter defense was subpar as Bucknell connected on seven out of its 15 attempts from three-point range.

  • UA was out-rebounded by the Bison 34 to 28. The Wildcats struggled on the glass at times in the 2011-12 campaign and it was once again an issue on Wednesday. They gave up size to Bucknell and were unable to overcome the disadvantage in the paint.

  • Bucknell was in control for a large portion of the game. Arizona didn't have the fire it needed to win this contest and a hungrier Bison squad took advantage. It was UA's first NIT appearance in 61 years and after Wednesday night's showing, Wildcats' fans probably hope it's the last.

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