A Closer Look: Arizona edges Marquette

Arizona continues to play close games against ranked teams. Marquette is the third ranked team the Wildcats have faced this year and all three games have gone to the wire. Not only were the Wildcats playing their second road game of the year, but they did so without Salim Stoudamire.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Chris Rodgers. Subbing in for the suspended Salim Stoudamire, the junior scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and failed to commit a turnover. He made a number of key baskets down the stretch that were crucial to the win. PLAY OF THE GAME
With time running down on the shot clock, Chris Rodgers takes a long shot. The ball rims out and Hassan Adams rose up to grab the rebound. The junior forward is hammered and makes both free throws to ice the game.

TURNING POINT
Chris Rodgers nails a three pointer late in the game to give Arizona the final lead of the game.

RECORD LOW
Arizona's 48 points is their lowest scoring output since the 1985 tournament loss to Alabama. The 50-41 loss was the first NCAA Tournament game for the Wildcats under Lute Olson. The last time Marquette scored 43 points or less was Feb. 16, 2000 in a 55-35 loss to DePaul.

KEY STAT
30.6% The Golden Eagle shot just 15-49, a paltry 30.6%. The Cats were not much better, making just 18-54 shots, a 34.6% day.

CLOSE CALLS
five of the Wildcats' last six games have been decided by five points or less, with the outcomes in doubt in the final minute. Arizona is 4-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming against Wake Forest.

SCORING DROUGHT
The Cats had just two players in double figures and a total of five players in the game went for double figures.

ONE BRIGHT SPOT
The Cats did not shoot well, but were a solid 4-10 (40%) from behind the arc.

MISSING PIECE
Arizona was without Salim Stoudamire who was suspended for the game for a ‘failure to meet team obligations'. No official explanation was given, but Stoudamire was slightly critical of his teammates following his 0-1 shooting night against Utah.

QUICK HOOK
Isaiah Fox went to the bench with four fouls, but went back in the game with about five minutes to play. He was whistled for his fifth and final foul just 1:02 later.

STREAKS COME TO AN END
Marquette had two home win streaks come to an end. They had both a 13-game home win streak dating back to last season and a 34-game non-conference home winning streak snapped with the loss to Arizona.

RECORD SETTER
Travis Diener became Marquette's all-time leader in made three-pointers when he hit his third three pointer of the game.

STRANGE LINE-UP
Due to foul trouble, Olson used a line-up of Bret Brielmaier, Hassan Adams, Jawann McClellan, Chris Rodgers and Daniel Dillon. The unit had three true freshmen, including a walk-on. The front-line featured a 6-6 center and a 6-4 power forward. It was the first time all season that the Cats had used that particular line-up.

GOOD STRATEGY
Knowing that Marquette planned to do a lot of screening, Arizona decided to switch off of screens. Almost every time a screen was used, the Wildcat defenders switched men. The ploy worked, as Marquette got fewer than 10 good looks at the basket.

OPPS
On one play a screen was set for Diener. All three Wildcat players in the area stayed with the screener, leaving Diener wide open on the wing.

THE SERIES
Arizona now holds a 3-1 lead in the series. The Cats are now 20-15 against the teams in Conference USA.

Arizona
 Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 I. Fox 14 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 6 2 1 1 0 5
 H. Adams 34 4-8 0-0 6-7 3 5 3 3 1 1 0 14 
 C. Frye 34 4-11 0-0 0-0 4 11 0 4 1 0 1
 C. Rodgers 35 6-12 3-4 1-1 2 6 1 0 2 0 1 16 
 M. Shakur 38 3-10 1-3 0-0 0 5 4 3 0 0 1
 J. McClellan 8 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
 D. Dillon 11 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1
 B. Brielmaier 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
 I. Radenovic 20 0-5 0-2 0-0 2 3 0 0 0 0 2
 Totals 200 18-52 4-10 8-10 14 38 11 14 6 1 13 48 
 Percentages:   .346 .400 .800   Team Rebounds: 2
Marquette
 Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 S. Novak 32 4-11 2-8 1-1 1 6 0 0 1 0 0 11 
 M. Jackson 31 0-1 0-0 0-2 4 8 2 1 0 3 2
 C. Grimm 18 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 5
 D. Mason 34 4-11 1-3 1-1 1 3 1 7 1 0 3 10 
 T. Diener 37 5-17 4-10 0-0 0 4 6 1 2 0 2 14 
 T. Townsend 11 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 J. Chapman 16 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
 O. Barro 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 4 1 1 0 0 1
 R. Amoroso 12 0-1 0-1 3-5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
 Totals 200 15-49 7-24 6-11 10 28 12 11 5 4 13 43 
 Percentages:   .306 .292 .545   Team Rebounds: 1

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