Arizona started strong and was able to beat Oakland 101-64 on Tuesday night. Here’s a closer look at what happened:
Arizona Player of the Game:
Brandon Ashley – The junior continues to be on the rise in the past few games. Ashley finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. The forward was efficient from the floor, hitting five of his seven shots, including three of five from behind the arc. If he continues to play like this, Arizona becomes that much more dangerous down the road.
Stats of the Night:
50-22 - Arizona dominated the glass once again, outrebounding Oakland 50-22, and is starting to hit that top shelf performance on the boards. It took some time, but the Wildcats are finally starting to use their size and push other teams around in the paint. Arizona is getting back to the dominant rebounding team that it was last season.
This is the team that everyone was expecting when the season started a month ago. For the Wildcats to have progressed this quickly is impressive, but it will also be interesting to see where this team will be in March if this trajectory stays constant.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"We're starting to gain more confidence with that starting lineup," Miller said. "I think we are sharing the ball. We're playing with more confidence on offense and when the basketball moves and we're fast up and down, we have a lot of versatility and I think you can see that."
"I think we're a lot better (when we're in transition)," Johnson said. "We have a lot of athletes and guys that can play in space and a lot of guys that can create their own shots. Any time you can get in a numbers situation, that makes it better for everybody on the team."