Postgame Analysis: USC

The Arizona Wildcats fell to the USC Trojans on Wednesday night. Read on for a closer look at which players played well and what plays helped USC come away with the upset.

The Arizona Wildcats couldn't ever get a flow going on offense or defense, falling short at the Galen Center to USC. Here's an analysis of what happened:

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.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona and USC had kept the game pretty even for the first fifteen minutes of the game when USC began to pull away. Jio Fontan stroked a trey to give USC a seven point lead and then assisted Byron Wesley for a long ball the next trip down the court for a ten point lead.

  • The Wildcats had cut the Trojan lead to just six at halftime, but the second half wasn't any easier to start for Arizona. USC opened on a 4-0 run, forcing Sean Miller to call a timeout with the Trojans up ten.

  • J.T. Terrell halted The Arizona comeback with a long ball from the corner. Fontan cut through the lane and dished it to a wide-open Terrell just beyond the arc. The three ball went in and pushed the Trojan lead to eleven.

    General Thoughts:

    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.

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