A Closer Look: Arizona over Marquette

It was a big game for the Wildcats. They mounted not one, but two big comebacks against Marquette. They shot an astounding 65% from behind the arc. The Wildcats are now 2-1 against the Golden Eagles all time. More notes, stats and photos inside…

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Salim Stoudamire. The junior had 27 points on 8-11 shooting. He was 7-9 behind the arc.
Honorable mention: Hassan Adams (20 points, 2 blocks), Channing Frye (11 pts, 13 rebs).

PLAY OF THE GAME
Late in the game Hassan Adams blocked a shot that wound up in the crowd, about five rows up. Adams started screaming and high fiving people. Just before the inbound pass he screamed "Not in my house!"
Honorable mention: Andre Iguodala's steal and dunk to give the Cats a first half lead. Chris Rodgers steal that led to a Mustafa Shakur lay-up that tied the game in the second half.


HOT SHOTS
Five players hit 50% or more of their three-point attempts, four of them were Wildcats. Hassan Adams (4-7), Andre Iguodala (1-1), Salim Stoudamire (7-9) and Chris Rodgers (1-2) were all stroking it. Steve Novak hit 6-10, while Travis Diener was just under 50% hitting 5-11.

WHO NEEDS HEIGHT?
Despite being a much smaller team, Arizona outrebounded Marquette 33-32.

FAST START
Marquette hit their first three threes of the game and 4-of-5 before "cooling off" to shoot 46.7% for in the first half.

SLOW START
Arizona committed turnovers on their first three possessions of the game and were just 1-3 shooting on their next three trips. Marquette used the Wildcats errant ways to build a 13-2 lead in the early going. CONFERENCE USA
Marquette is the second Conference USA team the Wildcats have faced this season. Arizona played Saint Louis a week ago. Other than Saint Louis last season, the Cats have not faced a C-USA team since 1994 when they played (Tulane).

NATIONAL EXPOSURE
Marquette is the third ranked team the Cats have faced so far this season. The game was the fourth straight on national television for Arizona.

FINAL FOUR
Arizona played back to back Final Four participants. Both Texas and Marquette lost in the National Semi-Finals a year ago. Had Arizona beaten Kansas in the Elite Eight, they would have met Marquette in the Final Four.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE
"That's overrated. The games are like a day off." Lute Olson on logging a lot of minutes and his team's lack of depth.

Marquette 75
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
S. Merritt 26 4-9 2-2 4 5 1 5 10
S. Novak 34 7-12 1-1 0 2 2 4 21
T. Sanders 27 3-7 2-2 2 4 2 3 8
J. Chapman 25 4-8 0-0 1 6 2 2 9
T. Diener 38 8-18 0-0 0 0 10 3 21
T. Townsend 13 0-4 2-2 1 2 0 1 2
K. Bradley 6 0-4 0-0 1 1 0 1 0
B Bell 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Mason 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 0
M Jackson 19 1-4 2-3 3 5 0 1 4
Totals 200 27-69 9-10 12 26 17 21 75
  .391 .900  
TEAM REBS: 6
TURNOVERS: 11 (S Merritt 3, T Sanders 3, S Novak 3, T Townsend, D Mason)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 1 (T Sanders)
STEALS: 3 (J Chapman 2, D Mason)
3-PT FGS: 12-29, .414 (S Merritt 0-1, S Novak 6-10, T Sanders 0-1, J Chapman 1-4, T Diener 5-11, T Townsend 0-1, K Bradley 0-1)

Arizona 85
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
H Adams 33 7-11 2-3 0 2 2 3 20
A. Iguodala 38 3-7 4-5 2 8 3 0 11
C. Frye 39 5-10 1-2 5 13 1 2 11
M. Shakur 28 3-4 3-4 0 4 6 3 9
S. Stoudamire 29 8-11 4-4 0 2 2 4 27
R. O'Hara 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ranne 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
F. Torres 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
C Rodgers 25 2-5 2-2 0 1 4 0 7
B. Muhlbach 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Brase 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Walters 3 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 200 28-49 16-21 7 30 18 14 85
  .571 .762  
TEAM REBS: 3
TURNOVERS: 17 (S Stoudamire 4, H Adams 4, M Shakur 4, A Iguodala 3, C Frye, C Rodgers)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 5 (C Frye 2, H Adams 2, K Walters)
STEALS: 2 (C Frye, C Rodgers)
3-PT FGS: 13-20, .650 (H Adams 4-7, A Iguodala 1-1, M Shakur 0-1, S Stoudamire 7-9, C Rodgers 1-2)

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