Arizona Player of the Game:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – He broke back into the starting lineup and was certainly the engine on Arizona's locomotive in the win over rival Arizona State. The sophomore provided plenty of energy throughout the game, finishing with 13 points on four of six shots from the field. Hollis-Jefferson also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists in the game to round out his complete performance.
Stats of the Night:
9:32 - Arizona's defense has been stingy down the stretch in most of its games this season, but it really clamped down against Arizona State. The Sun Devils were held without a field goal for the final nine minutes and 32 seconds. Arizona State scored just five points during that stretch, with all of them coming at the free throw line. The Sun Devils were 0-9 with three turnovers during that span.
Arizona shot 50-percent from the field and beyond the arc, as well as connecting on 16 of 19 from the free throw line. If Arizona can continue to to shoot like that then they aren't losing many more games this year.
If the Wildcats plan on getting to the Final Four this season, they will need to cut down on turnovers and stay concentrated, even in blowouts.
Sean Miller Quotable:
”I think it was kind of reflective of who he is at this point” Sean Miller said about Stanley Johnson. “There were long stretches, especially in the first half, where you could tell on offense, he's really hard to deal with in terms of the other team.
"He's very much of an improved defender. In the second half, I thought he lost his concentration a little bit and you can see that. I think that's just the type of person that he is right now.”
”It felt really good to get out there,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “It felt really good to get out there and win every war. To be a team and win that way, that's how you want to play basketball. It's a great feeling to have.