#44 Solomon Hill – The senior played one of his best games of the season. He was aggressive on the offensive end and played lockdown defense on Jamaal Franklin, holding the Aztec's leading scorer to just nine points. Hill finished with game-high 21 points, along with six rebounds and three assists.
#3 Kevin Parrom – Working with Hill to lead the Wildcats to victory, Parrom hit multiple big shots when his team was trying to claw its way back into the game. The senior was big for Arizona, scoring seventeen points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing out two assists.
Arizona had spurts of the game in which it looked like it was going to be impossible to win. However, it has been a model this year that the Wildcats have stepped up big when they needed to in order to get the win. Just like the game against Florida, the experienced players became clutch in the most needful moments, showing a quality that great teams often have.
The Aztecs out-rebounded the Wildcats 32-29, but turned the ball over nearly twice as many times. Arizona had just eight turnovers on the night, which is well below Sean Miller's preferred amount. However, the reason the game was so close was due to Arizona's lack of aggressive offense. The Wildcats were finding success attacking the basket, but often settled for a long jumper instead of taking it inside.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"It took two great plays on both offense and defense to secure the win," Miller said. "And we made both of them."
"It was very intense," Johnson said. "They're the No. 17 team in the country. We knew they were a good team coming in. We knew we would have to give it our all and stay in the game plan and in the end, it came up big."