The Arizona Wildcats won their fourth game in a row on Saturday morning when they defeated the Utah Utes at home by a score of 70-61 in the McKale Center. The Wildcats are now 18-8 (9-4 in conference play) and are sitting in third place in the PAC-12, only half a game back from Washington and California, who are both tied for first. The Utes fall to 5-20 (2-11 in conference play), which puts them in second to last place in the conference, half a game ahead of USC.
The Wildcats were led by an 18-point performance by guard Nick Johnson. Forward Solomon Hill added 14 and Brendon Lavender added 12 while Kyle Fogg came off the bench to score 17. The Utes were led by Cedric Martin and Jason Washburn, who each scored 15 points against Arizona. Chris Hines added 11, but the team had little support from the bench as only Javon Dawson and Blake Wilkinson were the only non-starters to score and they only scored two points a piece.
Arizona will look to continue the winning streak on the road against Washington State on Thursday at 6 p.m. (PT) while the Utes will try to avoid losing their seventh game in a row at home against Colorado on Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT).
The Arizona Wildcats are on a roll right now, winning seven of their last ten games, including three in a row against foes ranked in the upper-tier of the Pac-12. This is certainly no time for the UA to take its foot off the gas pedal, especially with a showdown looming next week with the Washington schools, but the team should get somewhat of a break with the Utah Utes coming into the McKale Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Utes lost their best player and starting point guard, Josh Watkins, a month ago when he was kicked off the team for violating team rules. They have lost seven of their eight games since the dismissal, including a 26-point rout from Arizona, and fell to Arizona St. on Thursday evening.
Jason Washburn is the leading scorer for Utah and averages a little more than 10 points and six rebounds a game. Chris Hines, Cedric Martin and Dijon Farr are all capable of scoring a handful of points, but do not expect anything more than that. This is a team that has averaged 53 points in their last five games.
Arizona should have this game wrapped up by early in the second half, if not earlier. Utah suffered a huge blow when they lost Watkins for the season and scoring the basketball has been a continual struggle ever since. I expect the UA to win by 20+ points on Saturday.
Tipoff from McKale Center will come at noon. FOX Sports Arizona will have the TV coverage. Fans can find the game on the radio as well, with 1290 AM The Source calling the action.
The Arizona Wildcats needed to avoid a letdown at home after knocking off two tough opponents on the road. While the game against the Colorado Buffaloes certainly was not pretty for all 40 minutes, the Wildcats executed well down the stretch and locked down CU on the defensive end of the court as they went on to win by a score of 71-57. The victory improved Arizona to 17-8 on the season, including a 8-4 mark in conference play.
Solomon Hill played one of his best game as a Wildcat, scoring 17 points and bringing down 14 rebounds. The junior forward also dished out four assists and only recorded one turnover. Kyle Fogg added 15 points and Jesse Perry had a big second half to end with 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Nick Johnson scored nine and brought down five rebounds.
Arizona turned the ball over just 10 times against the Buffaloes and dominated the glass, out-rebounding CU by a total of 43-31.
The Wildcats will need to recover quickly with yet another game less than 48 hours away. The struggling Utah Utes will make their way to McKale Center on Saturday afternoon, with tipoff coming at noon.