Heels kick the Cats

It was billed as a battle of two elite programs, but in the end only one team looked like a national championship contender. North Carolina made their first visit to Tucson a pleasant one with a 92-64 win over the Wildcats.

The 28-point loss was the worst home defeat in the Lute Olson era and it was the fifth loss in the last seven games.

Early turnovers put the Wildcats in a hole. The Cats turned the ball over four times in their first five possessions and all told Arizona turned the ball over 20 times.

Their shooting woes also continued. Arizona shot 33.9% and a horrid 1-23 from behind the arc. Take the ASU game out of the equation and the Cats have hit just 19 of their last 105 shots behind the arc.

Tywon Lawson won the point guard battle by scoring a career high 18 points, while dishing out eight assists.

The Wildcats actually limited the effectiveness of Tyler Hansbrough. The super sophomore scored just 14 points, with 12 coming the second half after the game was pretty much decided.

Arizona trailed by 20 at the break but cut it down to 13 and had a chance to cut it even closer, but Jordan Hill was called for a charge. After that it was all Carolina the rest of the way.

Hill was a bright spot for the Wildcats. The freshman had his second good game in a row scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

Mustafa Shakur led the Wildcats with 16 points, but turned the ball over eight times.

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