The Badgers' offense was too much Saturday at the Staples Center, as the Wildcats lost 85-78.
Frank Kaminsky started the game with a three-point play and added two free-throws T.J. McConnell put Arizona on the board, but Sam Dekker scored and Josh Gasser hit a three to force Sean Miller to call timeout with the Wildcats down 10-2 four minutes into the game.
Branson Ashley scored and Dekker matched. Ashley then got two free-throws and a basket to tie the game at 14.
Dekker made a free-throw before Tarczewski got a basket. Kaminsky and Johnson exchanged hoops and Hollis-Jefferson and Kaminsky did the same. Gabe York then hit a three and Kaminsky scored to put the Badgers up 26-25.
Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws and then scored a bucket. Duje Dukan made a free-throw, but Tarczewski hit two of his own.
Dukan then made one more from the line and Hollis-Jefferson hit a jumper. Two free-throws from Dekker cut Arizona’s lead to 33-30 at the half.
Kaminsky started the half with a three and Hollis-Jefferson made a free-throw. Dekker then nailed a three and a three-point play by Kaminsky put Wisconsin up 39-34.
Kaminsky made two free-throws and Hollis-Jefferson scored. Dukan made a three before McConnell hit two free-throws.
Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws and McConnell got a layup. Dekker made a three and York got a layup to cut the Wisconsin lead to 47-44 with 14:11 left.
Ashley scored and Dekker made a three. Hollis-Jefferson got a basket, but Koenig made two free-throws. Hayes then hit a three and Kaminsky scored to force a timeout up nine.
Tarczewski got a three-point play, but Hayes nailed another three. Gasser then got a layup and McConnell made two free-throws. Kaminsky made two as well, as McConnell got a jumper.
Kaminsky scored and Tarczewski made two free-throws. Gasser then hit one to give the Badgers a 67-57 lead with about six minutes left.
York made two free-throws and Gasser hit a three. York then made a free-throw to cut the Wisconsin lead to ten.
McConnell made two free-throws and Kaminsky then made one. Ashley made two, but Dekker got a three-point play that basically sealed it for the Badgers, putting them up 74-64 with 3:19 left.
Ashley made two free-throws and Gasser made one. McConnell hit a jumper and after a free-throw by Koenig, a three by York brought the Wildcats to within 76-71 with 2:03 remaining.
Dekker hit a three out of a timeout and Hollis-Jefferson came back and scored quickly. Wisconsin then got two free-throws from Dekker to go up 81-73. Ashley answered with a three-point play, but it wasn’t enough.