Arizona Player of the Game:
Nick Johnson – The junior had a great game as he continues to dig himself out of the slump that he suffered early in the month of February. Johnson finished with 22 points, shooting 50 percent from the field.
The guard also had seven rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal on the game. He is firmly set as Arizona's best player and if he continues to play this well, he should be the leader for the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Immediately after the stoppage of play, Cobbs went to a referee to complain about a foul on a previous play and was given a technical foul along with an additional technical foul that was called on the California bench. Johnson made three of the four free throws, giving Arizona a 73-52 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.
Stats of the Night:
42-25: Arizona got back to its dominant rebounding ways on Wednesday night grabbing 42 rebounds to California's 25. It was a great performance across the board with five Wildcats grabbing four or more rebounds. 15 of those 42 rebounds were on the offensive end of the court and led to 13 second chance points for Arizona.
General Thoughts: It was a second straight game for the Wildcats and their new found offense. Arizona shot 51 percent from the floor and assisted 18 times on 32 baskets. At times, it seemed like California didn't even bother guarding Arizona, but that is just how well the offense is playing right now. The Wildcats are sharing the ball, getting great movement on the court and taking good shots with confidence.
One thing that cannot go unmentioned is Aaron Gordon's play, particularly his confidence. Gordon finished with 13 points and four rebounds, but was also a strong 5-6 from the free-throw line.
T.J. McConnell's turnover-less streak was ended on Wednesday, but he only had one and it came on the last play of the first half. McConnell has played his best basketball of the season in the last few games, including in the win over California.
He was very active on the defensive end, frustrating Justin Cobbs and coming up with three steals. The point guard also dished out six assists, grabbed four rebounds, and even got in on the action on the scoring side, racking up 13 points.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"This may have been our best game of the year," Miller said. "Cal is a really good team. You saw that in the run they had against us in the second half. You get the sense that tonight wasn't their night.
"It was ours. They're a very good team. A team that I believe will be in the NCAA Tournament. Tonight was about us. We played together. We played hard."
"We're just trying to win the league championship right now, and we have to take it game by game," Nick Johnson said. "It feels good, but we need to stay in our defensive groove. I need to get back into a groove myself. I feel like the last three games have been steps, and I'm just trying to stay with it."