Arizona Co-Players of the Game:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – This award really could have gone to just about anyone on the team, but I’m giving it to two players in particular tonight. Hollis-Jefferson is getting recognized for his shut down defense on Joseph Young and Elgin Cook throughout the night. When he was guarding those two players, neither one of them were able to find success in the game.
Gabe York – The junior guard was just the spark that Arizona needed tonight in the second half. York scored nine of his 16 points during a 14-0 run that pulled the Wildcats ahead for good. York also had three rebounds and a steal for the game, while putting in a solid defensive effort.
York took it straight to the basket, getting fouled and putting the shot off the glass and in. He made the free throw to complete the mini run, but that wasn’t all. Both teams had a few empty trips before York hit another long ball to complete a 9-0 run for the Wildcats, putting them ahead 65-46.
Stat of the Night:
90 - Arizona shot extremely well for the game, hitting 35 of its 59 shots. Hitting 60-percent from the field is something just about every team in the county can only get while playing video games. I feel confident in saying that if Arizona can continue to score like that, there isn’t a team in the country that the Wildcats can’t beat.
Everyone is playing well right now. Stanley Johnson is hitting shots and finally understands how to play at the college level. T.J. McConnell has found his balance between scoring an distributing. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is playing exquisite defense. Kaleb Tarczewski is starting to play like a true center again. Brandon Ashley is getting his motor oiled up and ready to go. The bench is contributing and filling their roles nicely and there really isn’t anyone in the rotation that is playing poorly right now.
Arizona had similar performances against Stanford and California, where turnovers were able to keep the game close for the first half and the Wildcats tightened up in the second half, pulling away. If they can cut down on turnovers in the first half, the Wildcats may be able to pull away by halftime.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"When we take care of the ball and move the ball, a lot of good things can happen," Miller said.
Wildcat Quotable:"That shows just how lethal we can be," McConnell said. "That was one of our best games all year."