Arizona Player of the Game:
Aaron Gordon – The freshman had a slow start to the game, but broke out in the second half. He finished the game with a career-high 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had a block in the win over Colorado. It was a great bounce-back effort after he fouled out early in the win over Utah.
Stats of the Night:
84: Arizona played out of its mind in the second half, hitting 22 of 26 shots in the final 20 minutes for an 84-percent field goal percentage. The Wildcats hit six of nine three-pointers and only missed one two-point field goal in the entire second half. That is by far the best offensive performance that the Arizona has had all season long.
General Thoughts: I'm not sure I have seen a more complete performance since the Wildcats beat the Duke Blue Devils in 2011. Arizona won by 27 points and at the midway point of the second half it wasn't even close.
The Wildcats scored 88 points in the game and it was the most points that Arizona has scored since the 91 it scored against ASU in January.
Gordon scored 23, Nick Johnson scored 21, breaking out of his own funk, and T.J. McConnell dished out ten assists with no turnovers. In addition, Gabe York soared for a career high ten rebounds, a game-high.
I feel confident in saying that if Arizona can play with the same intensity it did against Colorado, it is one of the best teams in the country, even without Brandon Ashley. It remains to be seen as to if the Wildcats can play like this consistently going forward, but with the team clicking like it was in the second half, it is hard to imagine that Arizona is not going to be using that as a confidence builder for the rest of the season.
"I don't think you have any of our players saying anything negative about Colorado, saying, `We're going to win by 20," Miller said. "We don't do that. For us, we have to play the right way. We have to compete hard. And certainly we respect Colorado."
"We've had a few shoot arounds here, we felt comfortable in their gym, it all just clicked for us," Johnson said.