Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs. Oregon

Arizona lost the final game of the regular season 64-57 on Saturday. Oregon came from behind to beat the Wildcats. Read on to find out how it happened, what you can take away from the loss, and more.

The Oregon Ducks battled back from an early deficit to beat the Arizona Wildcats 64-57 on Saturday. Arizona had an early lead, but had it slip away late in Eugene. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Arizona Player of the Game:

Aaron Gordon – The freshman was playing his final regular season game in college and made it memorable, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds. In addition, he also hit seven of his twelve free throws in the game. If not for Gordon's effort, Arizona might not have even been close in the second half once Oregon started to get hot.

Key Moments:

  • With 13 minutes left in the game, Arizona led by just two points after Oregon stormed back late in the first half. The Wildcats extended the lead to eight quickly with a 6-0 run as two buckets by T.J. McConnell and one from Nick Johnson put Arizona ahead 44-36.

  • Oregon fought back, hitting back-to-back three-pointers from Mike Moser and Jason Calliste to cut the lead back to just two.

  • Around the five minute mark, Johnathan Loyd blew by Johnson, getting the layup to drop high off the glass, tying the game and giving the Ducks all the momentum. After an Aaron Gordon free throw, Calliste hit a jumper and was fouled by Kaleb Tarczewski, giving him a three-point play and giving Oregon the 53-51 lead.

  • The Wildcats never recovered and Oregon continued a scoring onslaught in the final minutes of the game, using a 9-0 run to put Arizona away. Oregon used a three-pointers by Calliste and Johnathan Loyd to extend the lead to eight.

  • Arizona tried to fight back and actually cut the lead to four on a McConnell three-pointer, but the Wildcats were unable to come back all the way and Oregon won the game 64-57.

    Stats of the Game:

    10-19: Oregon shot lights out from beyond the arc against Arizona and it was a big part of the upset. The Ducks hit ten of their nineteen threes for the game, including hitting seven of twelve in the second half. Those shots were vital down the stretch for Oregon, as back-to-back treys were what put Arizona away late.

    General Thoughts: Although this game was not pretty by any means for the Wildcats, there is not much that can be taken from the outcome. It was Senior Night in Eugene and Oregon was playing for its NCAA Tournament life, while the Wildcats were winding down a tough road trip with the Pac-12 Title already in hand.

    The only two players who even had decent games were Aaron Gordon and Kaleb Tarczewski. That is even pushing it a little bit because Tarczewski played pretty bad in the second half. It was just a game where nothing fell into place for Arizona and there is no reason to believe that this game was anything more than just one bad game in a hostile environment.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "They were highly motivated," Miller said. "With that, we had to play at our best and we didn't."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "They're fighting for a tournament berth and guys are in zones," said Johnson. "Give him (Calliste) credit, he made the shots."

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