Chris Rodgers had a career high 20 points. He was 8-10 from the field, 3-4 from behind the arc. He also dished three assists.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Mustafa Shakur gets out on the break and heads straight down the lane. After a jump stop he looks to pass out to the wing. He realizes he is wide open and puts up a high arcing floater over the ASU defender.
Arizona gets out to a 20-3 run late in the first half to put ASU away.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Arizona had four players score more than 20 points. The offense was clicking, shooting over 54% from the field. Kirk Walters gave the Cats eight solid minutes as he helped slow down Ike Diogu. Jason Ranne and Fil Torres were able to play seven and two minutes respectively in their final game at McKale.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Arizona had defensive lapses from time to time. They were outrebounded 41-38. Channing Frye had more foul trouble. Ivan Radenovic struggled and was pulled in favor of Walters.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
The Wildcats had just 10 turnovers. Andre Iguodala had three of them, he was the only Wildcat with more than one.
Rodgers' 20 points were a career high. Mustafa Shakur also had a career high 11 assists. ASU's Kevin Kruger had a career high 22 points.
Arizona has won 18 of the last 19 games against ASU. The Wildcats have a 132-73 lead in the series and hold a 74-25 lead at home.
Fil Torres and Jason Ranne played their last home game at McKale. Two managers, Nate Weigl and John Castles, also finish out their Wildcat home careers.
NOT SO GOOD
Arizona finishes the regular season with less than 20 wins for the fifth time in the Olson era. The Wildcats need just one more win to get to the 20 win mark for their 17th consecutive season, the longest active mark in the NCAA.
SIGN OF THE DAY
Two students held up signs that went together. The first student's sign said "A classless act does not win 700 games". The next sign said "But a great coach does!"
SEAL OF APPROVAL
At one point Wilbur came up to my spot on press row, looked at the screen of my lap top and gave me a thumbs up. I must be doing something right.
Ike Diogu had a rough start to the game. He missed a dunk on his first attempt, had his next two shots blocked and mixed in a travel in his first four possessions.
IN THE STANDS
The Wildcats had two interesting guests. Guard recruit Mario Chalmers was on hand taking his official visit. Also on hand was former Wildcat Jason Lee, the lone senior on the 1997 national championship team. Lee was also a walkon.
RUNS OF DEATH
Arizona went on several long runs. The longest were 14-2, 20-3 and 13-0. ASU had a 12-0 run in the first half.
|Team Rebounds: 2|
|Fast Break Points: 2|
|Team Turnovers: 1|
|Team Rebounds: 4|
|Fast Break Points: 4|
|Team Turnovers: 0|