Player of the Game:
Mark Lyons – The senior transfer hit the game winning shot against Florida and rode the momentum and confidence into this game, finishing with 17 points and a season-high seven assists. Lyons was a key to the Wildcats' fire throughout the game, although at one point he got a little carried away and received a technical foul.
I said before the game that it would test Arizona to play a game like this after the win over Florida. The Wildcats came out to play and didn't let down in front of a considerably quieter crowd. It was a game that could've been closer than most would expect, but the players were prepared and didn't come into the game thinking that Oral Roberts was going to hand them the victory.
With that being said, Arizona did finish the game with seventeen turnovers, five more than Sean Miller's acceptable limit of twelve. There were times in the game that the players got sloppy with passes, but there were also a few times where the turnovers were the product of players not focusing on catching the ball. Either way, it is a good learning point to take away from a game like this.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"We worked very hard to be 9-0," Miller said. "It was a difficult game. It almost felt like we played Florida last night and we played a team that had 14 days off and were very capable. We weren't perfect tonight. We did some really good things, but the things we didn't do so well we will learn from."
"If you want to be labeled as a great team or a team that has a chance to win a national championship, you have to get over games like the Florida game," Solomon Hill said. "You need to have a new focus. Florida is behind us and now we are looking to Hawaii."