Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona improved to 19-0 on the season when it defeated Colorado on Thursday night. Read on to find out how it won, the big plays, and more.

Arizona got off to a hot start and never looked back. Colorado pulled the game close to end the game, but the Wildcats came away with a 69-57 victory on Thursday night. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Arizona Players of the Game:

Nick Johnson – Although it was very close between Johnson, Aaron Gordon, and Brandon Ashley, the shooting guard just did a little bit more. Johnson finished the game with eighteen points, shooting 50-percent from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists.

In addition to scoring, Johnson put forth a solid defensive effort. He helped shut down several opposing players, which helped the Wildcats out to the early start. Johnson was also called upon to play some point guard throughout the game as T.J. McConnell was struggling with foul trouble in the first half.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona got off to a hot start to the game. Brandon Ashley scored five points, Nick Johnson made a layup, and Kaleb Tarczewski threw down a dunk in transition as the Wildcats opened the game on a 9-0 run. During the stretch, Arizona forced two turnovers and out-rebounded Colorado 8-3.

  • With nine minutes left in the first half, Colorado had fought its way back into the game. Arizona led by just six points when Sean Miller took a timeout to talk to his team and it paid off. Arizona went on a 10-2 run highlighted by a huge three-pointer from Gabe York and an aggressive layup from Jordin Mayes.

    The Wildcats rode the momentum finishing the half on a high note.

    Arizona used a Nick Johnson and-one and a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson put-back to head into the locker room on a 5-2 run, leading 39-24 at the break.

  • Arizona led by as many as 20 in the second half, but allowed Colorado to cut the lead to 14 with four minutes remaining. Nick Johnson answered with a put back layup off his own missed shot. Colorado kept fighting, but the lead was too large. The Buffs were able to cut the lead down to 12 as the game

  • Stats of the Night:

    19: Arizona has now won 19 consecutive games, having not lost since last season's Sweet Sixteen run. The 19 wins ties the modern record for consecutive games won for the Wildcats. Arizona also had 19-game winning streaks in the 1992-93 and 1997-98 seasons.

    It is a modern record because Pop McKale's Arizona teams won 22 consecutive games across four seasons from the 1913-14 season to the 1916-17 season. However, some of those games were played against opponents such as Tucson High School, Tucson YMCA, Yuma YMCA, and several other high schools and YMCA teams.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona came out fired up and for a while it looked like it would be the most complete performance of the season. While it was a very well put together effort for the Wildcats, there were still some pieces that weren't quite there against Colorado.

    T.J. McConnell got caught up in early foul trouble and never really seemed to get his groove in the game. He finished with just two points, but also only had three assists to a single turnover. He did grab three rebounds and added two steals, but it may have been his most under performing appearance as a Wildcat.

    Gabe York seemed to have the hot hand when he hit two three-pointers at clutch moments in the first half, but did very little the rest of the game. York finished 3-9 overall and 2-7 from beyond the arc in his 21 minutes of action. He did pass for three assists in the game and didn't have any turnovers, which is a bright point,

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "We are excited that we won the game" Miller said. "We did some really good things. You always like to point out individual performances. I thought that Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley, and Nick Johnson did an excellent job tonight. Kaleb (Tarczewski) played through foul trouble and had eight important rebounds and did a good job defending.

    "Some other guys did some good things as well. Our second half maybe wasn't as good as our first, but there are always good lessons to be learned from that and still leave with the win."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "It feels good (to be 19-0)" Johnson said. "This is what we set out to do coming into the season. We just have to take this thing one step at a time, which is what we've done. It definitely feels great to be setting records here at Arizona. We're just trying to keep it going."

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