It turned out to be one of the easiest.
The Wildcats played their most complete game of the season on Saturday to defeat Michigan 80-53 at McKale.
Gabe York scored to open the game, but Zak Irvin made a three. Kaleb Tarczewski and Stanley Johnson then scored before Kameron Chatman made a three. Brandon Ashley responded with a three of his own before Chatman made a free-throw. York and Derrick Walton proceeded to score as Arizona led 11-9 five minutes into the game.
Tarczewski made two free-throws and Johnson made a bucket before making a three. Dusan Ristic then scored as Walton got a basket and Caris LeVert made a three to cut Arizona’s lead to 20-14 with 10:37 left in the half.
Tarczewski scored and LeVert made two free-throws. Rondae Jefferson then made one from the line and Johnson followed with a basket. After a free-throw by Walton, Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a jumper. Tarczewski then scored and a dunk off a turnover by Johnson gave the Wildcats a 31-17 lead with about four minutes left in the first half.
Johnson scored on a dunk, but Spike Albrecht hit a three. Ricky Doyle then scored and that was matched by Ashley. Doyle made two free-throws and Tarczewski made one of two as a free-throw by Walton put the Wildcats up 36-25 at the half.
Tarczewski made two free-throws to start the half and Ashley scored on a dunk. York then made a three and scored on a floater to force a Michigan timeout with the Wolverines down 45-25 only three minutes into the second half.
Ashley made a free-throw and followed with a basket. After Irvin scored, Hollis-Jefferson made a three. Johnson then scored and Walton made a free-throw. Irvin and Ristic exchanged buckets before Elliott Pitts made a free-throw. LeVert then scored and Pitts did as well, as a basket by Hollis-Jefferson put Arizona up 60-33 with about 11 minutes left.
Irvin made a three and Doyle scored to give the Wolverines some momentum, but Jackson-Cartwright got in the lane and York made a three. Tarczewski and Johnson then scored and York hit a three after a bucket by Doyle, as the Wildcats took a 72-40 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.