Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs. FDU

Arizona opened the Preseason NIT with an impressive win. Read on for a breakdown of the victory, including the player of the game, the key moments, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 4-0 on the season with an easy 100-50 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the opening round of the Preseason NIT. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Arizona Player of the Game:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Although it was a blow out victory, the true freshman played the best game of his young career at Arizona. From the moment he entered the game, Hollis-Jefferson played with 100-percent intensity, crashing the offensive boards and snatching up loose balls. His effort on the court helped Arizona pull away in the first half and that lead allowed the Wildcats to play free in the second half.

Hollis-Jefferson didn't lead in any categories, but still finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. The freshman also added an assist and a block in the game.

Key Moments:

  • With the score tied at 10 early on, Sean Miller went to the bench and brought in Gabe York and Hollis-Jefferson. Brandon Ashley scored on a put back and York followed it up with a floater. Two Kaleb Tarczewski free throws then gave the Wildcats a six-point cushion.

  • After the short run was snapped by a FDU three pointer, Arizona extended the lead further with a Hollis-Jefferson layup. He was fouled, but missed the free throw, allowing Ashley to grab the board and score two more. The Wildcats continued to push the lead, making it a 12-0 run overall.

  • Arizona wasn't done there. The Wildcats used another burst of points late in the half to put it away for good. With the score sitting at 33-19, Arizona used a 18-5 run to close the half and sat pretty with a 51-24 lead.

    Stats of the Night:

    100: Arizona broke the century mark for the first time all season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Wildcats won the game 100-50 and it was a fitting way to end as the victory gave Sean Miller his 100th win as Head Coach of the Wildcats. His record currently sits at 100-43 with a 96-43 record the previous four years and a spotless 4-0 record this season.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona played extremely well for the entire game. The Wildcats were a little slow out of the gates, but some help from the bench sparked a fire under the players and allowed Arizona to jump out to a big lead.

    Any player on the court could have made a case for player of the game. Gabe York was phenomenal on offense throughout the entire game, ending with a career-high 20 points. He had several big shots and also grabbed two rebounds.

    Aaron Gordon started slow, but ended the game with ten points and rebounds for his third double-double of the season. T.J. McConnell did his job as point guard and dished out season-high nine assists, while turning the ball over just once.

    The Wildcats were just clicking on all cylinders after the first four minute of the game. The score was 89-41 when Jacob Hazzard entered the game for Arizona. The deficit was dwindled a little after that, but not by much.

    It was the third time in four games that the Wildcats dismantled opponents once they started rolling. It begins to make the hopeful matchup with Duke that much more intriguing.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "To play a game with only five turnovers is outstanding," Miller said. "We made great decisions. That's a great sign early in the year."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "My teammates make me feel so comfortable," Hollis-Jefferson said. "I just like to have fun and play basketball. When you're having fun out there, everything's easier, so it's really easy with these guys."

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