Arizona Player of the Game:
Aaron Gordon – It was likely his last game in McKale Center and the freshman left with a bang. Gordon finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He also had two assists, a block and a steal. It was one of Gordon's best performances of the season and he has elevated his game over the last few games as he settles into his role without Brandon Ashley.
Stats of the Night:
4: Four seemed to be the magic number of the night for Arizona against Stanford. The Wildcats held the Cardinal to just four bench points and four second-chance points. Arizona was also able to shut down Stanford on the glass, holding the Cardinal to just five offensive rebounds.
General Thoughts: Arizona has shown that the new found offense is no fluke. The Wildcats scored 79 points on Sunday night and this now marks three straight games that they have shown an incredible flow on the offensive end of the court. As long as this team continues to produce the way it has in the past few games, it is going to be the favorite in every game it plays.
It wasn't just the offense that was good in the game, either. The defense played well and is continuing to look as good as it has all season. Arizona was able to block multiple shots throughout the game and kept most of the Cardinal in check, save for Josh Huestis. It was a solid defensive performance all around for the Wildcats.
Although he did not have much to show for his final game at McKale Center in the statistics columns, Jordin Mayes should be able to look back on his career at Arizona and McKale Center with pride. He stuck it out through a foot injury and confidence issues, never leaving Tucson despite his troubles.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"I think winning the National Championship or getting to the Final Four is self explanatory," Miller said. "I don't think in college basketball that enough credit is given to how difficult it is to win a regular season championship.
"If you think about the hostile environments that we've played in front of and how long the season is, winning the regular season championship is not something that we take lightly."
"This was one of our three goals we set this year," Nick Johnson said. "They were winning the regular season, the Pac-12 tournament, and the National Championship.
"The season isn't over yet though. We still have two games left, and right now we're trying to play for a seed and for ourselves. We want to go down in Arizona history as one of the best teams ever."