USC Player of the Game:
Jio Fontan – Multiple players were at their best, but Fontan was the most influential to the Trojans' success as he was a vital part of the team's offense. The senior dished out 9 assists, while scoring 12 points. He scored just eight points in the game in McKale, but played much better on his own home court.
Arizona Player of the Game:
Solomon Hill – Arizona struggled on offense for most of the game, but the Wildcats were able to stay in the game due to Hill's consistency on offense. Hill played well throughout the game, but it wasn't enough. The senior couldn't do it all himself and his team came up short on the night. He finished with 21 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Throughout the entire night, Arizona seemed to have no sense of urgency. Coming into this one, I said that it was a trap game and that's exactly what it turned into. Whether the Wildcats expected to win in the same manner as the first game or were looking forward to the UCLA game, they weren't focused on the game.
The Trojans may have had some luck on their side, shooting sixty-percent from the field for the game, but that's not the only reason. Arizona's defense was atrocious for most of the night and it paid for it. Fontan and the other USC guards were able to drive the lane almost at will and kick to open shooters.