Arizona jumped out to an early lead and went on cruise control for most of the day in a 93-72 win over Texas Southern. Here’s a closer look at what happened:
Arizona Player of the Game:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – The sophomore had a great first half for the Wildcats. Hollis-Jefferson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first twenty minutes of the game. He came out aggressive and attacked the basket early and often during the first half. Hollis-Jefferson did pick up three quick fouls in the second half and did not see much time the rest of the night, but finished with double-double consisting of 23 points and 10 rebounds. His effort out of the gate got the Wildcats out to a big lead and kept them there.Key Moments:
Stats of the Night:
48 - Arizona dominated the paint in the win, scoring 48 points from close range. The Wildcats attacked the lane early in the game, getting easy layups or dunks most of the time, which allowed them to build a big lead early and continue to score throughout the day.
It's not an excuse, but the Wildcats' poor defense is likely the result of playing an inferior team and jumping out to a big lead early. Arizona players looked bored at times and it did seem a little difficult to keep the intensity up. That being said, the focus needs to be better for the Wildcats on Saturday.
There was not much help from the reserves, as the Wildcats only had nine bench points in the game.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"What we talked a lot about during the game and after the game is we came into this tournament as a great defensive team," Miller said. "We were not that today. Not that, you know, the roof's caving in on us, but I think the point that we made is this tournament is unforgiving."
"The defensive team we are, that was not acceptable. We won the game. That's what it's about. For us as a team, we're focusing on especially for next game our defensive stuff we do well. I think we'll clean that up."