Arizona had no trouble with their first opponent of the 2015-16 season in an easy 79-61 win over the Pacific Tigers.
As a team with a completely new identity compared to last year, the Wildcats are still feeling out what kind of team they are. But many of the new pieces have shown that they are fitting in nicely.
Junior transfer Kadeem Allen made the most of his opportunity as the starting point guard, finishing the game with 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Allen also chipped in 2 steals and a block, but most impressively he only committed 1 turnover in 23 minutes.
Allen was also comfortable as a scorer, as he got into the lane and finished with a floater on multiple occasions. With Allen’s ability to defend and also run the point, he projects to be an integral part of the team’s success.
Transfer Ryan Anderson was also effective, as he dominated in the paint with his tenacity and fundamental play. Anderson notched 18 points and 12 rebounds, which is sure to be one of many double-doubles for the power forward.
Anderson could very well be the Wildcats’ best player, with a great combination of hustle, strength, and mobility in the paint. His rebounding was critical to the offense, pulling in 4 offensive rebounds.
Arizona scored 30 points in the paint, taking advantage of their height advantage. They also had 10 second chance points, making the offense look better in the process.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game, and ended up scoring on 36 of their 72 possessions.
The bench chipped in 16 points, led by Allonzo Trier and his 8 points. Trier did not shoot the ball well, however, going just 1-10 from the field. He continued to be aggressive though, and converted 5 of 6 free throw attempts.
Mark Tollefsen, a graduate transfer, had a nice game that showed his versatility. He finished with 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting, while also contributing 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tollefsen has displayed the ability to be a valuable defender, so he figures to be a major part of Sean Miller’s rotation this year.
Arizona shot just 24 of 61 (39%) from the field and 6 of 20 (30%) from the three point line. They were successful at getting to the free throw line, hitting 25 of 32 attempts.
Senior Gabe York was the main threat from deep, converting 3 of 5 three point attempts. He finished the game with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting.