After an embarrassing loss to UCLA at McKale Center on Thursday, the Arizona Wildcats relentlessly took their anger out on an outmatched USC Trojan team yesterday, beating them 74-50. Simply put, the Trojans picked the wrong day to come down to Tucson for a basketball game.
The Wildcats especially displayed their anger on defense, limiting USC to just 28% shooting and 25% from long range. The Trojans had 16 turnovers and let their frustration get the best of them, attempting to do things individually instead of as a team–they only had 6 assists. Not a single player on the Trojan roster was able to put up more than 9 points. With 13 minutes still left in the first half, the Wildcats were already up 18-4 and out of reach.
Arizona had a decent day on offense too, shooting 41% from the field and 31% from distance. Unlike their game against UCLA, the Wildcats played like a team and spread the ball around for 14 assists. Four players (Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski) scored double digits. The player of the game once again goes to team leader Solomon Hill, who had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. There were two highlights of the afternoon: 1. Nick Johnson’s backwards dunk and 2. Watching Angelo Chol and Gabe York get substantial minutes on the court.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12, UCLA’s hot hands on Thursday night turned into cold ones on Saturday, losing in convincing fashion to Arizona State. The Bruins shot only 35% from the floor and were embarrassingly out-rebounded 49-29. Meanwhile, Oregon continues to stay unbeaten with a win over Washington at home. The Ducks were hot again, and led by E.J. Singler (18 points), shot 58% from the floor. These results leave Oregon on top, while UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State remain two games behind and tied for second place in the Pac-12