In front of a pretty solid McKale Center crowd last night, the Arizona Wildcats put on an unprecedented third straight solid performance to beat the visiting Colorado Buffaloes handily by a final score of 71 to 57. The Wildcats were led by F Solomon Hill (16 pts, 14 rebs), F Jesse Perry (17 pts, 11 rebs), and G Kyle Fogg (15 pts, 5 rebs). The three veteran Cats are finally exhibiting the type of consistent leadership that Sean Miller has been pining for all season and it’s paying dividends in a big way as Arizona (17-8, 8-4) now finds itself in a three-way tie for third place in the Pac 12 with Oregon (17-7, 8-4) and Colorado (16-8, 8-4). Cal (19-6, 9-3) and Washington (16-8, 9-3) are tied for the conference lead heading in to the home stretch of the season with each team having six conference games remaining.
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1. Jesse Perry gets blocked a LOT. The official box score only has Colorado down for four blocked shots but I swear that Perry got stuffed five or six times himself. I guess there’s not much else an undersized post can do but you’d think he’d be able to adjust or get little creative sometimes.
2. I like Sean Miller’s new rotation. Generally I believe in the coaching philosophy of going deep into the bench but when the law of diminishing returns starts to kick in, it takes precedence. The Cats seem to be hitting stride right now so I’m hopeful that they can keep it going through the upcoming road trip to Washington because those two games will determine the fate of their season.
3. I have been very critical of Angelo Chol’s ability to play solid post defense but to his credit, it’s abundantly clear that he’s been working very hard on that aspect of his game. He still gets lost in the paint on help-side defense sometimes and he’s also still prone to getting sealed when he gets lacksadaisical but overall he has become at least as equally an asset as a liability so that’s a good start.
4. Josiah Turner is clutch. His numbers in the box score don’t always look pretty but he’s one of those rare guys that is more productive in the last 10 minutes of games than he is during the first 30 minutes. I’m excited about his future. Anybody who called him a bust or Mustafa v2.0 should rightfully be eating crow pie soon if they aren’t already.
5. Joe Lunardi sucks.