Josiah Turner #11 of the Arizona Wildcats drives the ball against D'Angelo Harrison #11 of the St. John's Red Storm during the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Arizona vs. SDSU: Aztecs Rain Bombs From Outside, Beat Wildcats 61-57

The Wildcats are back home in Tucson looking to build on their 4-1 start to the season.

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Arizona Vs. SDSU Score: Aztecs Ride Hot Outside Shooting To Victory Over Wildcats, 61-57

This was not the best week for the Arizona Wildcats. After losing to Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic Finals, Arizona came home and were pretty much shot out of the gym by the San Diego St. Aztecs.

Arizona couldn't get anything going outside and perhaps relied too heavily on the three pointer, shooting five for 26 on Wednesday night and 33% from the field overall. San Diego State was more balanced, including hitting two-thirds of the threes and 45% from the field. Chase Tapley led SDSU with 17 points and James Rahon chipped in 13. Solomon Hill had a near double-double, and freshman Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson each had ten of their own, but he and many other Arizona Wildcats struggled to find their shot all night long.

With Cal's epic loss to Missouri in Kansas City last night, it's likely there will be no ranked teams left in the Pac-12 next Monday. Arizona will still have a few more stiff non-conference tests when they take on Florida and Gonzaga.

To discuss Arizona basketball, go to Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona vs. SDSU Preview: Wildcats Return Home Looking For Redemption Against Aztecs

The Arizona Wildcats are no longer undefeated, but are still within the top 25, and now must focus their efforts on the San Diego State Aztecs to retain their spot within the top teams in college basketball. 

The No. 23 Wildcats will be out for some redemption as they host SDSU at the McKale Center,  a team that beat them in their last meeting in 2009. 

Arizona (4-1) opened the year with four quality wins, but were shocked by the then-unranked Mississippi State in Friday's championship game of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats fell 8 spots in the rankings because of it. Arizona was pressed for time during the tournament, explained by head coach Steve Miller:

"We've seen a lot in an early month and I'm very happy with four wins," coach Sean Miller said. "We played 40 minutes against zone and pressure against St. John's and then you go from a 9 o'clock start to playing the next day against a very different style with Mississippi State's size, with only a shootaround to prepare. But we didn't play well on offense or defense for sure."

Now well rested and back at home, the Wildcats will be ready for what the Aztecs have to throw at them. 

This will be the 27th meeting all-time between these two, though Arizona holds a 20-6 lead in the series with San Diego State (5-1). But the Aztecs beat the Wildcats 63-46 at home Dec. 12, 2009. SDSU has lost seven straight against Arizona in Tucson, where they haven't won since Dec. 9, 1971.   Hopefully the Wildcats can hold court this Wednesday night. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach) [Sirius: 113]
TV: FS Arizona Plus (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)    


For more on the Wildcats, head over to Arizona Desert Swarm

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