Arizona clinched the top seed in the Pac-12 tournament with a big win at Utah over the weekend. Here’s a look at the statistical storylines that came out of the Wildcats’ conference claiming victory.
16 – Arizona’s second chance points. The Wildcats shot the ball poorly for much of the game, but bailed themselves out by recovering 16 second chance points. Arizona pounded the glass for 16 offensive boards, with 6 different players grabbing an offensive rebound.
In a game where points were difficult to come by, those extra possessions were critical in Arizona edging out the win.
12 – Arizona’s consecutive wins against Utah. It’s been tough sledding for the Utes when they play the Wildcats, as they haven’t scored a win since 1998.
What’s more impressive, though, is that Utah has been ranked in the top 15 for the last two meetings. And that’s no fluke either, Utah is talented on both sides of the ball and completely deserving of their rank. So while Arizona’s dominance of Utah continues their dominance of the west, it has also been a nice boost to their tournament resume.
8 – Stanley Johnson’s offensive rebounds. Stanley Johnson had a tough night, hitting just 3 of a whopping 19 field goal attempts. He tried to draw contact at the rim but was rarely rewarded with free throw attempts, and his perimeter shot wasn’t falling.
But Johnson still made his presence felt, collecting 11 rebounds while being tenacious around the basket. Though Arizona will certainly need more offense from Johnson to make a deep tournament run, it was a good sign that he was finding other ways to influence the game.
5 – Minutes of gameplay in which the score was tied. While Arizona has dominated Utah in recent history, the last meeting could have easily gone either way.
Arizona led the game for over 19 minutes, while the Utes were in front for over 15 minutes. But for 5 entire minutes, an eighth of the game, the score was tied. That’s a true sign of a heavyweight battle.
3 – Field goals made by Utah’s Delon Wright. As a frontrunner for conference player of the year, Delon Wright is a bonafide star. He’s easily one of the best two-way players in the country and he’s been Utah’s steadying force all season long.
But behind the defense of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and TJ McConnell, the wiry veteran guard managed just three made field goals in the entire game. For a player of Wright’s caliber to be held to just 3 makes is a testament to the defensive claws the Wildcats possess.