Arizona's Red team won the Red-Blue Scrimmage 49-41 on Saturday. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Mark Tollefsen - The transfer from San Francisco was the best player on the court from the introductions to the final horn. Tollefsen won the annual dunk contest and followed it up with the best performances of the game. The forward finished with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Tollefsen also led the team in assists with four.
* Tollefsen won the dunk contest with two exquisite dunks. The first for the big man was a one-handed throw down as he jumped over point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. The dunk that sealed the deal was when Tollefsen took the ball right out of the bottom of the net after a made layup, went between his legs, and slammed it home.
*The first half of play was a pretty even affair, but the blue team cut the lead to just three at halftime. With seconds to play, Chance Comanche jumped in front of a pass for a steal. He tossed the ball ahead to Gabe York, who was unable to corral it. York saved the ball to Jackson-Cartwright and it eventually ended up back with Comanche, who scored just before the horn.
*With just under four minutes left in the game, the red team pulled away for good. Tollefsen scored four points, seperated by a nifty Allonzo Trier layup that increased the lead to ten with just a minute to go. Ray Smith scored for the blue team, but it was too late and the red team went on to win.
Stat of the Game:
Arizona's frontcourt, minus Kaleb Tarczewski, who was held out as a precaution to a foot injury, combined for 56 total points. Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 15, Tollefsen had 13 and Dusan Ristic poured in 14 of his own. Comanche and Smith had six and eight points, respectively.
The Wildcats may rely on the big men a lot this season and could revert back to the offense from two years ago that relied on taking good, quick shots and relying on the forwards to crash the glass. The Arizona offense was incredibly efficient on the offensive glass with that approach and with so many quality big men, it wouldn't be a surprise if that offense made a return.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"Our thoughts as a coaching staff is that we have a lot of depth," Sean Miller said. "We have a lot of players who can do different things. Sometimes that can be challenging. We have to make that a strength and that is up to our staff to make that a reality. We want when you watch us play to see that we have depth on our side, to possibly play at a faster pace and have a wearing down effect. We're working towards being able to do that."
"We are a little more experienced with Zeus," Tollefsen said. "Ryan (Anderson) and I have been around the block quite a bit. I just see so much size. For me, I can step out to the three, Ryan can step out to the three. We all attack the glass really well. I think we can clean up the glass and it's somewhere that we can succeed at this year."