Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs Oakland

Arizona beat Oakland handily on Tuesday night 101-64. Read on to find out what the key moments were, who the player of the game was, and more.

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.

Key Moments:

  • After Oakland scored it first basket to cut the Arizona lead to 3-2, the Wildcats went on a 19-1 run over the next eight minutes to extend an insurmountable 22-3 lead.

  • Towards the end of the first half, Oakland started hitting some shots and went on a 7-0 run fueled by four points from Kahlil Felder, cutting the Arizona lead to just 35-18 with 3:45 left before halftime.

  • The Wildcats burst out of the gates in the second half, scoring at will during a 13-6 run over the first four minutes of the half. Stanley Johnson completed a basket with the foul and ensuing free throw to push the lead to 59-31. Arizona never looked back.

    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.

    General Thoughts:

  • I said it after the Michigan game and I’ll say it again now, this Arizona team is finally starting to click together. The Wildcats came out fast and were able to put points up quickly, dominated the glass, and blew Oakland out from the opening tip.

    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.

  • It may be trivial in a game like this, but the Wildcats were able to share the ball around and get everyone involved. Five players were in double figures and T.J. McConnell dished out ten assists without turning the ball over. Parker Jackson-Cartwright added two assists and no turnovers as well, but fouled out in just eight minutes of action.

    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."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "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."

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