Postgame Analysis: Texas Tech

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 85-57 on Saturday night. Read on to discover who the player of the game was and what plays helped Arizona seal the deal.

Player of the Game:

#13 Nick Johnson – The sophomore came out and continued to impress early in the season. He finished with eighteen points, two steals and an assist. Johnson also grabbed five rebounds, which was good enough for third best on the team tonight. With the victory, Johnson showed how much he has improved since last season.

Key Moments:

  • With four minutes to go in the first half, Brandon Ashley made a layup that gave the Wildcats a 37-25 lead. Arizona went on a 8-3 run to end the first half, putting the lead at seventeen going into the locker room.

  • Coming back from the break, the Wildcats went on a run to start the second half. In the first four minutes, Arizona scored eight unanswered points extending the lead.

  • With just over twelve minutes left in the game, Daylen Robinson hit a three-pointer that pulled the Red Raiders within thirteen points. Johnson answered with a layup and the Wildcats followed it up with a 28-7 run over the next nine minutes, leaving the score at 83-49 before Sean Miller began emptying the bench.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona didn't play well for a majority of the night, but the Wildcats still came away with a big victory. Five Arizona players scored in double digits and Tarczewski finished with a season-high thirteen rebounds.

    The Wildcats had fifteen turnovers, but forced the Red Raiders into sixteen. It was the first road game for Arizona and mistakes were bound to happen. The game was a test and the freshman came out of it with more experience than they came in with.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "Until you go through that 35-game season being small you don't realize how important size is, especially in quality players," Miler told the media after the game. "How that affects the game in so many ways and right now with this year's team, we have that to our advantage."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "I think we're nowhere near where we need to be," Johnson told the media. "Every part of our game we can get better in and we're just going to keep on practicing and get better at that so we can be the best we can be."

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