Postgame Analysis: UA/Samford

Arizona surprised Samford by opening the game in a zone defense. The tactic worked as the usually effective backdoor cuts and endless screens synonymous with the Princeton-style offense were neutralized.

Arizona led 46-18 at the half and never looked back in winning 86-57.

What's becoming the norm for the Arizona offense, all five starters again scored in double figures. Chase Budinger, Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams led the way, scoring 14 points apiece. More impressively, Shakur added six assists with zero turnovers while the talented wingmen each grabbed eight rebounds.

Ivan Radenovic came up one rebound short of posting his third straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jawann McClellan proved that he's much more than just a long distance sniper by dropping in 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting from inside the arc.

Arizona as a team only had 11 assists, but making the extra pass on this night was not needed against the overmatched Bulldogs. Samford defenders struggled against Arizona's more athletic players who were able to stutter-step and crossover dribble their way into the lane time and time again.

Arizona shot a red hot 58.1% from the field while holding Samford to a dismal 35.1% (20-57 FGS). The Wildcats also outrebounded the Bulldogs 47-21 to post their most lopsided margin of the season.

Despite playing with the large lead most of the game, Arizona appeared more focused and determined to make a sustained effort for all 40 minutes. The 12 players who suited up all saw the floor and played hard.

Fan favorite Fendi Onobun had six points in eight minutes of play. He also pulled down one rebound and made one steal. Freshman point guard Nic Wise played 19 minutes and knocked down three 3-pointers. Daniel Dillon also played 19 minutes and displayed the type of defensive ferocity that the coaching staff is expecting from him this season.

Jordan Hill, coming off a hand injury, entered the game and immediately contributed with five points and four rebounds in only eight minutes.

Sophomore guard J.P. Prince did not dress for the game. His status with the team remains uncertain.


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