Arizona Player of the Game:
Kaleb Tarczewski – Arizona fell on Saturday night, but the center was the one bright point in the game. Tarczewski finished the game with a career-high 18 points in the loss, hitting all 12 of his free throws and hitting three of his eight shots from the field. The big man also grabbed six rebounds and threw in a block for good measure. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.
Stats of the Night:
100: Arizona was 100-percent from the free throw line in the loss. Many thought that foul shooting would be the reason for the Wildcat's first loss of the season, but it actually kept the game much closer than it could have been. Arizona was 16-16 from the free throw line on the night, with 12 coming from Kaleb Tarczewski.
If Brandon Ashley doesn't go down with what looks like a broken foot two minutes into the game, Arizona is likely still undefeated. If Nick Johnson doesn't have his worse game of the season, Arizona is likely still undefeated. It was a perfect storm for the Wildcats and, to their credit, they found a way to stay in the game for its entirety.
Arizona did plenty of things right on Saturday, but the one thing that it didn't do well absolutely killed them: shoot well. The Wildcats were just 20 of 62 from the field and only made eight shots in the second half. That will do it on just about every night.
The final takeaway from this game is that Arizona is a very good team. Even with losing Ashley and Johnson only making one of his fourteen shots, the Wildcats were right in the game to the very end.
Moving forward without the power forward will be tough for Arizona, but if he can return before the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats will still be a tough out in March.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"We'd always found a way to be on the positive end of it," Miller said. "Tonight in that same moment, we didn't make the shots and we didn't get the big stop."
"Because we've been in this situation so many times, we're really comfortable. We weren't worried at all. We were ramped up," Tarczewski said. "Cobbs made a really, really tough shot."