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The Arizona Wildcats have life once again after sweeping the Bay Area schools. Most felt the UA would be swept by California and Stanford, but a huge defensive effort led the Wildcats to a 56-43 victory over the Cardinal. The win improves Arizona to 7-4 in conference play, and three of their four losses have come by two points or fewer.
STANFORD, Calif. -- Kyle Fogg scored 14 points to help Arizona beat Stanford 56-43 on Saturday.
Jesse Perry added 11 points and Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill had 10 each for the Wildcats (16-8, 7-4 Pac-12), who have won two in a row for the first time since a three-game winning streak at the end of December.
Stanford struggled with its worst field-goal percentage of the season, 25.4 percent. Arizona wasn't much better, but the Wildcats made six of their final eight shots to pull away.
The Wildcats led by eight with 5:35 remaining in the first half. Stanford tied the game at 23 before a free throw gave Arizona a 24-23 edge at the intermission.
The Arizona Wildcats hold a 24-23 lead over the Stanford Cardinal after one half of play. Call it fatigue, call it a short bench to work with, call it a lack of focus, but the UA should be up by much more than one point. The team found clean looks throughout most of the first 20 minutes, yet they shot 31% from the field and went only 3-for-7 from the free throw line.
Kyle Fogg led the way with six points, as did Solomon Hill, although the junior forward picked up a silly third foul with just a few seconds remaining on the clock. Angelo Chol continued to be a presence on the defensive end of the court and recorded two official blocks, even though he appeared to have at least three. Josiah Turner did not play well and turned the ball over three times.
Stanford shot equally poorly in the half and hit just two of their seven attempts from behind the 3-point line. Chasson Randle led the way with eight points.
Arizona should win this game based on talent alone, but this team has continually struggled on the back-end of each Pac-12 swing this season. The second half is about to begin.
For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.
The Arizona Wildcats gained their biggest victory of the year when they knocked off the California Golden Bears on Thursday. With a bit of swagger back in their step, all eyes will be on the UA as they look to complete the sweep in the Bay Area. The Stanford Cardinal are a solid team and will likely have much more energy than Arizona after easily winning on Thursday night, but the Wildcats have more talent assembled on their roster.
I would expect a closely contested game that will likely go down to the wire. A win would be absolutely huge for Arizona, especially with two winnable games coming up at home against Colorado and Utah.
Tipoff from Maples Pavilion is set for noon, which is 1 p.m. locally in Tucson. Fans will be able to find the game aired live on Fox Sports Net Arizona, with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson calling the action. The Arizona IMG Radio Network will have coverage on 1290-AM The Source. Brian Jeffries and Matt Muehlebach broadcasting the game.
The Arizona Wildcats, for the most part, have not had any trouble in the Pac-12 when they play on Thursday night. The team is 4-1 on the first game of their weekly swing with a conference foe and just seem to play better than usual. The second game has been a nightmare in the last few weeks, with the Wildcats losing their last three games on Saturday by a total of five points.
Arizona picked up their biggest victory of the season on Thursday night as they knocked off the Cal Bears in front of a raucous crowd at Haas Pavilion. They'll have a quick 36-hour turnaround to recover and prepare for the Stanford Cardinal, who are tied for second place in the conference. While the Wildcats had to scratch and claw to win earlier in the week, Stanford dominated Arizona St. and cruised to a victory.
The Cardinal are undefeated at home in conference play, though they have struggled mightily on the road. Before knocking off ASU, the team had lost three in a row and had seen their at-large NCAA Tournament chances go down the drain.
Power forward Josh Owens is their leading scorer, averaging a little more than 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman point guard Chasson Randle is off to a strong start at Stanford and can score the ball in a variety of ways. Aaron Bright is the most electric scorer on the team, averages 12 points-per-game and is shooting nearly 43% from behind the arc. Once a highly regarded recruit, sophomore Dwight Powell has taken a step back this season and has struggled on the offensive end of the court.
Stanford does not typically employ a true center to clog the paint, although they'll have a slight size advantage over Arizona. That being said, there aren't any matchups to be terrified of heading into the game. I'm expecting yet another close game, but you have to like the way Arizona has been playing the last few games.
Arizona beat Cal in a close one Thursday night, 78-74, and in any rivalry conference game that comes down to the wire, emotions are going to run high. That was readily apparent in this one, and one Arizona assistant seemingly let his emotions get the better of him.
With just under five minutes to go in this one, Cal point guard Jorge Gutierrez dove into the Arizona bench while going for a loose ball. Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack, a former coach at Cal from 2001-2007, apparently kicked him. Sort of.
Gutierrez didn't really like this. The two jawed at each other a bit before being separated by Arizona head coach Sean Miller. Gutierrez took exception to what had transpired, and reportedly did not shake hands with him after the game. According to Larry Brown Sports.com, 'Pasternack probably won't lose his job like [former Jets' strength and conditioning coach] Sal Alosi did for a similar incident, but with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in attendance for the game, there could be some punishment.'
See video of the incident here, and because we all love .gifs, here is a gif.
The Arizona Wildcats played their best game of the season on Thursday night and did so in front of a raucous atmosphere at Haas Pavilion. Despite being without Kevin Parrom and losing Jordin Mayes early in the second half to a foot injury, the UA battled back and went on to claim the 78-74 victory over the first place California Golden Bears. The win improved Arizona to 6-4 in conference play.
The game did not start well for the Wildcats and the team trailed 21-9 early. Shots weren't falling on their end and Cal seemingly could not miss. Fortunately, a big 22-6 run sparked by senior guard Kyle Fogg led the Wildcats to a lead midway through the half. Fogg ended with a season-high 23 points, while Jesse Perry came up with 18 and four rebounds.
Angelo Chol was the story of the game. While oozing with potential, the freshman big man was yet to have his coming out party at Arizona. He provided a huge boost off the bench when the team began to struggle in the second half and ended with eight points, four rebounds and two big blocks. If Chol plays at this level on a nightly basis, this team takes on an entirely new identity.
Despite the big win, the 'Cats did not come out of Berkeley unscathed. Backup point guard Jordin Mayes injured his foot and missed most of the second half. The sophomore guard, who had surgery on the same foot over the summer, sat on the bench icing his injury and will be x-rayed on Friday. Head coach Sean Miller did not confirm the foot was broken, but he believed it was definitely a possibility given his injury history.
The Wildcats will now have a quick turnaround before taking on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., with FSN Arizona having the live broadcast.
The Arizona Wildcats are making the toughest road trip of conference play this week and their first challenge comes against a talented California Golden Bears squad that sits in first place in the Pac-12. The UA has struggled down the stretch in recent weeks and they will be playing their first game in months without versatile sixth man Kevin Parrom.
The game will begin at 8 p.m. in Berkeley, which is a 9 p.m. start in Tucson. Fans can find the action being broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Arizona. The game will also be aired on 1290-AM The Source with Brian Jeffries and Matt Muehlebach on the call.
The Bears will be heavily favored this evening and the program has called for a "Gold Out" of Haas Pavilion. A win would be huge for the Wildcats, although the realistic goal is probably just for a competitive game. It's tough to see the UA winning tonight with everything working against them.
For more on the team, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.
The Wildcats are desperately looking to salvage their season and a win over the Bears would be huge.