Postgame Analysis: Utah

The Arizona Wildcats defeated Utah to snap a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon. Read on for more about the four-point victory, including which plays were critical to Arizona's success.

Arizona snapped a two-game losing streak on the road at Utah, as the Wildcats won 68-84 in a hard fought game. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Arizona Player of the Game:

Kevin Parrom– The senior was a do-it-all player for Arizona against Utah. While Parrom wasn't the leading scorer, he made the right decisions on offense and didn't try to do too much. He sat down on the baseline and free throw line against the zone and found ways to open up the floor. Parrom also led both teams with nine rebounds on the day.

Key Moments:

  • Late in the first half, Mark Lyons hit his first shot of the game. It was a three-pointer off a quick dish from Nick Johnson and it gave the Wildcats a nine-point lead. It was also a critical second chance basket for Arizona.

  • At the 7:30 mark in the second half, Utah fought all the way back from being down by thirteen points to tie the ball game at 51. Jason Washburn tipped in a missed layup after a timeout that evened the score.

  • With a minute to go in the game, Washburn missed the second of two free throws with his team down five points. The Utes got the rebound, but were unable to do anything with it. Jordan Loveridge missed a trey and Mark Lyons got the rebound as Arizona never looked back. After a series of fouls to get the Wildcats to the free throw line, Arizona extended the lead to seven.

    General Thoughts:

    The Wildcats looked better than they did on Thursday night against Colorado, but there were still things that went awry for Arizona. The offense had signs of greatness on Sunday with Parrom finding holes in the 2-3 zone, but there is still not enough aggression from the guards or Solomon Hill.

    Arizona isn't going to beat any premier teams by dribbling around the arc for thirty seconds and launching a long ball. There was less of that kind of offense in the win over Utah, but Lyons was a dreadful one of nine from beyond the arc, with many of his shots drawing the front of the iron.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Arizona did better for most of the game. The Utes shot forty percent from the field, but also had eleven offensive rebounds that led to eleven second chance points. Rebounding is something that the Wildcats need to be more consistent with as the season winds down.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    We are happy with the win, but our team continues to make the same mistakes we made two months ago and we have to get better as we move forward if we want to accomplish something special in March."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "If I come off the bench and I only play 5 minutes a game, I'm still going to come in and show my best and impact the game in whatever ways I can -- whether it's scoring, rebounding or just playing defense," Ashley said.

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