Arizona moved to 2-0 on the season with a 90-60 win over Bradley on Monday night. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Allonzo Trier - The freshman had his breakout game and it only took two contests to do so. Trier was Arizona's best player on the court at times and while he did make a few mistakes, it was clear that he is going to be a talented presence for the Wildcats. The shooting guard finished the game with 22 points, hitting four of his five shots from the field, but also adding 14 free throws without a miss. Trier also got in on the action in the rebounding game, pulling down five boards.
* With Bradley hanging close with the Wildcats, Arizona looked to the bench for a spark. After a made free throw by the Braves, Trier drove down the lane aggresively and picked up the foul as he laid the ball in the basket. It jump started the offense and helped the Wildcats put some distance between themselves and the Braves.
* Early in the second half, Bradley was assessed a technical foul when Davante Cooper was caught giving Kaleb Tarczewski a little too much of the business. Trier hit two free throws and Arizona was able to regain some momentum in the game.
* The final straw for the Braves came midway through the second half. Ryan Anderson stole a pass at the top of the key and was dragged down by his jersey. Anderson hit two free throws for the flagrant foul and Tarczewski buried a hook shot to put the Wildcats up 18 and allowed them to pull away for good.
Stat of the Game:
51 - As much as it really shouldn't be talked about under normal circumstances, there were entirely too many fouls in this game. Neither team really seemed to get things going until midway through the second half. Granted there was a technical and a flagrant foul in the game, but the referees were extremely whistle happy and it hurt the overall product on the floor.
Arizona just didn't come out with a lot of fire in the first half nad Bradley played hard. However, the talent deficit was too much for the Braves and eventually Arizona did what it has done to so many teams in the past, which is wear it down and go on a big run to put the game away. That may not be able to happen against teams that are better than Bradley, but there isn't much to complain about with a 30-point win.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"He has a knack of getting fouled in every game he's played," Miller said of Trier. "He's gotten to the foul line and it's a really important offensive skill that he brings to our team."
"We have had so many good players come through here since I have been here and Allonzo is different than all of them," Tarczewski said of Trier. "He did a good job coming out aggressive today."