Postgame Analysis: Oregon

The Arizona Wildcats lost to the Oregon Ducks 70-66 despite a late rally. Read on for an analysis of the game, including players of the game, key moments, and more.

Oregon gave Arizona its first loss of the season in Eugene. The Wildcats were outplayed for a majority of the night and suffered for it. Here's an analysis of what happened:

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.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona started out the game on a 11-0 run with things looking great for the Wildcats. Oregon answered immediately, going on a 35-17 run to take a seven-point lead.

  • The Wildcats cut the lead to just eight points early in the second half, but a dunk by Waverly Austin negated the run as the Ducks pushed the lead back to ten.

  • The game was back and forth with Arizona keeping the game within striking distance until the end of the game. Mark Lyons gave the Wildcats some hope, banking a three-pointer off the glass as he was knocked to the floor. There was no foul called, but it set up a wild finish to the game.

  • Nick Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, but ended up with the ball after an offensive rebound. He nailed a trey, cutting the lead to just three. The Wildcats played great defense on the next possession with Johnson grabbing the rebound. He flew down the court, but dribbled the ball behind his back in traffic, resulting in a turnover. Arizona fouled and that was enough for Oregon to escape with the win.

    General Thoughts:

    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."

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