Wildcats coast in win

Arizona used strong shooting to defeat NAU 74-57 on Sunday.

All season long the talk surrounding Arizona basketball has been about the big three and Sunday was certainly no different, as it led the Wildcats to an easy 74-57 win over Northern Arizona at McKale on Sunday.

Jordan Hill had yet another double double, getting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hill has arguably been Arizona's best player this season due to his ability to attack the glass.

It is refreshing to see the guards recognize Hill's ability to score in the pain, and on Sunday, the team did a good job of getting him the ball when necessary. If Hill gets the ball with an advantage in the post, chances are good that he will be able to convert.

Of course, life is made much easier with Chase Budinger. Budinger was not aggressive in the first half and then recognized that he was going about it all wrong. He becamse the player the UA needs him to be and finished second in the game in scoring with 22.

He made all three of his shots from long distance and there is no doubt that the Wildcats will need him to be the aggressor if it is going to have any semblance of success this season.

The last of the big three, Nic Wise, probably had his best game of the season., He did not force the offense and ran it to perfection. Wise did a good job of coming off screens and finding himself open for a jumoer.

In addition, he made NAU respect his long distance shooting, which opened up the inside. Basically, Wise did what the UA will need him to do in each game this season.

Arizona has now won three in a row and will look to make it four as it takes on Loyola Marymount on Tuesday.

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