Over the coming weeks PGU will be looking back at some of the greatest games the Wildcats have been involved in during Coach Sean Miller’s tenure at Arizona. Make sure to check PGU for the next installment.
Arizona 70, Texas 69 – Sunday March 20, 2011
Part of Arizona’s wild ride to the 2011 Elite Eight, the game against Texas in the second round was a nail-biter.
As a #5 seed, Arizona was more than 5 point underdogs to the #4 seed Longhorns. But the Wildcats pounced from the start, opening up a double digit lead in the first half.
Then freshman Jordin Mayes was Arizona’s X-Factor, hitting 4 of 4 attempts from three point distance and giving the Cats the fuel to race past Texas.
But despite holding an 11 point lead at halftime, the Longhorns battled back and outscored Arizona 44-34 in the second half.
The game became close again with about 10 minutes to go, and the margin would stay slim the rest of the way. Texas converted tough basket after tough basket, and actually regained the lead with under three minutes to play.
But Derrick Williams was doing his best Super Man impression that day, as he converted his second game saving play in as many tournament games.
With 9.6 seconds left, Williams converted a ridiculously difficult three point play to give the Wildcats a one point lead. Williams made a game-winning block against Memphis just two days prior.
The Wildcats were down 2 with just 12 seconds and Texas had the ball, but a forced 5 second violation and heroics from Williams weer enough to vault Arizona to victory.
Arizona would go on to upset #1 seed and heavy title favorite Duke in the next round.