Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs Oregon

Arizona was able to pull away and put a beat down on Oregon in a 90-56 win on Wednesday night. Read on to find out more about the game, including who the co-players of the game were, what the key moments were, and more.

Arizona pulled away in the second half for a 90-56 victory over Oregon on Wednesday night. Here’s a closer look at what happened:

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.

Key Moments:

  • Both teams traded baskets for most of the first half. The Wildcats built a small lead due to several Oregon cold streaks, but the biggest play of the first half came with just 3:42 to go. Rondae Jefferson pulled down a rebound, dribble coast-to-coast, weaving through traffic, and found Stanley Johnson for a wide open three-pointer. The shot was Johnson’s first make of the night and gave Arizona a 32-20 lead.

  • As time wound down in the first half, T.J. McConnell dribbled between two defenders and lost the ball on the ground. It just happened to bounce right to Hollis-Jefferson, who threw it down for dunk as time expired and the Wildcats took a 42-27 lead into halftime.

  • With 13 minutes left in the game, Oregon stormed back and cut the lead to just ten. That was when Gabe York took over. The shooting guard hit a contested three-pointer coming off a screen and then stole a pass on the ensuing possession.

    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.

    General Thoughts:

  • Don’t look now, but Arizona is playing its best basketball of the season heading into the revenge game against the only conference team to beat them all season. There are still things to improve on, like turnovers, but the Wildcats are in prime position to pay Oregon State back for the loss earlier this month.

    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.

  • One thing that the Wildcats do need to work on is turnovers in the first half. Arizona had nine turnovers in the first half, which is over the amount that Sean Miller would like to have for an entire game. To their credit, the Wildcats only had one turnover in the second half.

    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."

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