It wasn’t pretty, but Arizona won their 13th consecutive game and advanced to the Sweet 16 in a 73-58 victory over Ohio State.
TJ McConnell led the way with 19 points, scoring early and often while the rest of the team struggled to put the ball through the hoop.
Gabe York’s three point shooting was critical in solving the Buckeye zone, as the junior hit 5 of 9 long distance attempts as well as 4 of 4 from the free throw line.
McConnell led the team with more than his offense, though, also chipping in 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. He was the first player to put up 15+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ steals in the NCAA Tournament since Jason Kidd in 1993.
Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell was frustrated into bad shots all night, finishing just 3 of 19 from the field after scoring 28 points in the Buckeyes’ first round matchup.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson double-doubled with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, including some excellent interior passing.
Next up for Arizona is a Sweet 16 matchup with the winner of Xavier and Georgia State, setting up a potential meeting between Sean Miller and his old school.