Postgame Analysis: Colorado

The Arizona Wildcats fell for the second straight game on Thursday Night. Read on for a closer look at the game, including which Buff players held pull off the upset.

Arizona fell for the second time in a row as the Wildcats' offense struggled throughout the night ,losing 58-71. Here's how it happened:

Colorado Co-Players of the Game:

Spencer Dinwiddie– The sophomore dominated the second half of the game. He was the spark for the Buffs, scoring big buckets and dishing out crucial assists. Dinwiddie was always on the court when Colorado fended of an Arizona run and he as critical for the Buffs' success.

Xavier Johnson- The freshman had the game of his life against Arizona. Johnson finished with a career-high nineteen points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player in Colorado's first half surge to take the lead. Johnson also hit a few big shots in the second half to seal the deal.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona had kept the game close for most of the first half. Closing in on halftime, the Wildcats had the ball down five with just under a minute to go. Brandon Ashley was called for an offensive foul on a moving screen and Colorado proceeded to score on the next possession, pushing the lead to seven at the half.

  • Colorado understood that the first few minutes of the second half would be key. The Buffs came out on an 8-0 run to start the second twenty minutes, pushing Colorado's lead to fifteen.

  • Coming out of the first media timeout of the second half, the Wildcats had pushed back and cut the lead to nine. Dinwiddie launched a three pointer as the shot clock expired and nailed it. Solomon Hill traveled on the next trip down the court, allowing Askia Booker to hit another buzzer beating shot, bumping the lead back to fourteen.

  • Arizona made a push with ten minutes left in the game. Grant Jerrett swished a trey, pulling his team within six. Dinwiddie returned to action after a brief rest and assisted on a three-pointer, got a steal and made a layup, and then made a trey of his own as his team went on an 8-0 run

    General Thoughts:

    Throughout the first half, Arizona struggled to score. The offense wasn't flowing well and it really hurt the team. Colorado wasn't playing great, but the Wildcats were unable to score, which let the Buffs pull away late in the half. The guards weren't aggressive enough penetrating the defense, while the big men didn't do well playing inside-out basketball.

    On the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats struggled for the second straight game. They allowed Dinwiddie to score 21 and Johnson to score 19, as there was really no answer for those two the entire night. Colorado hit multiple shots as the shot clock expired and there was just no stopping the Buffs on offense in this one.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "I think some of the best teams in the country would have had to come in here and play a great game," he said. "This was an electric atmosphere and playing against a team that played really hard and they were ready and they played really well on offense."

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