Oregon Player of the Game:
#25 E.J. Singler – Although it seemed like he was having a quiet game, Singler nearly finished with a triple-double. He had fourteen points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. Singler had several good plays throughout the game, helping the Ducks come away with the upset.
Arizona Player of the Game:
#44 Solomon Hill – Although the Wildcats lost, Hill was a player that helped them stay in the game. He made plays throughout the game to keep the deficit close and it almost paid off. Hill had sixteen points and six rebounds, but it just wasn't enough to push Arizona ahead.
Arizona came out shooting very hot and looked like it was going to run away with the game. Then, Oregon punched back and took the lead. It seemed like the Wildcats didn't really recover from the initial blow dealt by the Ducks until late in the game, which was very similar to the Colorado game.
Mark Lyons mentioned earlier this week that most teams in college basketball aren't going to be able to trail by twenty points on the road and come away with the win. Arizona was behind by as many as fourteen in this one, but having that deficit on the road was difficult to overcome.
The Wildcats went through stretches where they didn't score and it is a problem that they have faced a few times this season. They allowed the Ducks to go on a 18-4 run to close out the first half and start the second half. That is one of the biggest things that Arizona needs to work on in order to improve.
Wildcat Quotable: "We obviously want to win every game, but we know it's not a perfect world," Nick Johnson said. "It definitely hurts because we know we let one slip away with our defense and our execution and stuff like that."