Some people thought that Arizona was not supposed to be here. After all, there were other teams that ended the season on a better note.
If you do not think Arizona belongs now, ask Utah.
Arizona was in control throughout and advanced to the second round due in large part to Nic Wise, Chase Budinger, and Jordan Hill.
Arizona started the game with a defensive intensity that has not been shown all season. Leading up to Friday, there was a question as to whether or not Utah understood the UA's press and it definitely did not seem like the Utes did, as they turned the ball over 19 times.
Arizona got up ten points early but was unable to consistently stop Utah and the Utes hung around, going into the half only down five points.
The second half was much like the first, except Wise completely took over. Whether he was pulling up, shooting from behind the arc, or taking it to the basket, Wise seemingly was doing everything that he wanted.
Wise finished with 29 points and although he was great, much credit should be given to Hill and Budinger. Utah simply could not afford to double team anybody because the Wildcats shot 54 percent for the game.
In a matchup of two of the better big men in the country, Hill dominated Utah's Luke Nevill. Nevill struggled with foul trouble and only had 12 points and six rebounds on eight shots. Hill, on the other hand, finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
It was obvious that Arizona was the better team on Friday and for many, the Wildcats have now exceeded expectations. However, the UA did not play its best game and it is definitely possible that the best of the post season is yet to come.
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