UA looked lost at times on the defensive end of the floor and it allowed Southern Cal to find open looks all over the court. That eventually led to USC knocking down shots whether the Wildcats brought the defensive effort or not and it allowed the Trojans to stunt any run Arizona attempted to make.
The Wildcats' offense didn't perform much better than their defense. While USC shot the ball consistently well throughout the contest, Arizona struggled to get good looks at the basket and had difficulty from three-point range.
UA's overall performance left a lot to be desired on Wednesday and it will take a much better effort on both ends of the floor if it wants to get revenge against UCLA this weekend.
Hill eventually stepped up and had a much more productive game the rest of the way. The senior also added six assists and three rebounds, but his play wasn't enough to help lead a comeback.
Lyons made just one field goal in nine attempts and missed all five of his shots from behind the three-point line. What was even more uncharacteristic for the senior guard was his free throw shooting. He missed four free throws during a key stretch in the first half that allowed USC to hold a big lead.
Johnson missed his only two attempts from beyond the arc and turned the ball over three times. Johnson's normally-strong defense also left a lot to be desired on Wednesday as all three USC starting wing players reached double-digits.
Allowing an opponent to connect at such a successful rate is never a good formula for victory, especially when that team shoots only 40 percent itself.
Instead of running, Arizona looked lost on offense, which featured sub-par shooting, lack of motion, and very little ball movement. With UA's offense stuck in neutral, USC pounced at the opportunity and took control of the contest early.