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.
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."