Postgame Analysis: Ohio State

Arizona fell to Ohio State on a last second shot. Read on to find out more about the game, including who the players of the game were.

The Arizona Wildcats' season ended abruptly on Thursday night, as Arizona fell just short in their upset bid over Ohio State. Here's an analysis of what happened.

Player of the Game:

LaQuinton Ross – He wasn't the team's leading scorer, but he played big when it counted for the Buckeyes. Scoring fourteen of the last seventeen points for Ohio State, Ross was the main reason that his team came away with the victory. Arizona was making a push at the end of the game and the forward came up big.

Arizona Co-Players of the Game:

Solomon Hill – The senior was a big part of the middle of the game for Arizona. While Mark Lyons and others went cold, Hill continued to attack the basket and keep the Wildcats close. His aggressiveness was something that could have helped Arizona win had he done it more often, but Hill still played a good game.

Mark Lyons – He led all scorers with 23 points, just two shy of his tournament average. Lyons was held without a single assist and had three turnovers, but was a major factor in Arizona's resurgence at the end of the night. He shot fifty-percent on the day and helped spur the comeback.

Key Moments:

  • A triple by Nick Johnson with seven minutes left in the first half gave the Wildcats an eleven-point lead, as they surged forward. Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas countered with a jump shot that sparked a 22-7 run for the Buckeyes.

  • Down nine midway through the second half Hill took it upon himself to bring his team back into the game. He scored nine consecutive points for the Wildcats, cutting the deficit to just four.

  • Battling all the way back, Johnson grabbed a rebound with 25 seconds remaining in the game and found Lyons, who made a layup while getting fouled by Ross. The ensuing free throw tied the ball game, giving Ohio State the final possession.

  • Aaron Craft dribbled towards the right side of the key, drawing Grant Jerrett off his man. Craft found Ross wide open behind the arc. The three pointer was good and the Wildcats didn't have enough time to answer.

    General Thoughts:

    Although Arizona lost the game, it was a hard fought game. The Wildcats battled back from being down ten points and tied the game. If LaQuinton Ross is going to hit NBA-range three pointers to beat you, there's not much you can really do about it. Jerrett probably shouldn't have left his man, but he was trying to stop Craft.

    The bad side of the game was the seven minutes that the Wildcats failed to score. During that time when Arizona struggled, the Buckeyes went from being down by seven to being up by six. While the Wildcats struggled with defense at times this season, having stretches where they went scoreless was what finally did them in.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "I couldn't be prouder of our team. This is my ninth team I've coached as a head coach. I leave this season with no regrets. Not that we're perfect, but we practiced hard. We tried really hard."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "The only thing I regret is not getting past the Sweet Sixteen, because I've been here so many times and I just feel like I can't get over that hump," Lyons said.

    "But like he said, I've got no regrets. I played a with a great bunch of guys this whole year who had a lot of faith in me, and I'm just happy they accepted me to come into their program and try to help them win. So no regrets either."

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