Oregon Ducks Need Another Complete Game Effort Against Arizona Wildcats

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He later had a moment when he was showing - and telling - Deandre Ayton was hacked to pieces during a play. "We have a game here at noon on Saturday, and for us it's so much about continuing to work to improve and get better". Arizona won 90-83 in going-away fashion on the scoreboard but hardly on the heart.

Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller yells toward a Wildcat player during the second half of the No. 17 University of Arizona Wildcats vs. University of Oregon Ducks men's college basketball game at McKale Center on January 13, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz.

Alkins, who finished Thursday's game against Oregon State with 11 points on 4-9 shooting, poked the ball loose from OSU guard Stephen Thompson Jr.

"We couldn't possibly shoot worse", Graves said.

And those with long memories and suspicious minds wouldn't have appreciated a loss given Arizona's tough win on Thursday and last Saturday's loss to Colorado.

It surely didn't disappoint in terms of excitement.

And while the level of play intensified on the court, the added boost from the crowd was felt throughout the team. Ayton leads in rebounds with 11.5 while Parker Jackson-Cartwright tops in assists with 4.9 per game. In the flawless world isn't that how a highly thought of team is supposed to fill the box score? After scoring 10 consecutive points, Arizona led 10-3.

"The best offense is good defense", Alkins said.

"Plus, they junked it up a little bit, but I don't think it bothered us".

Keanu Pinder and Rawle Alkins talk to media after UA's win over Oregon.

"[Oregon's] been the one team that's had some success coming in here, and they have a lot of confidence when they come in here, so we'll definitely be prepared for a battle Saturday", Trier said. "I think OR is becoming one of the best teams in our conference". "That was hard for us to keep trying to compete on the defensive end, and we'd miss an open shot because we were playing 45 seconds on defense".

It's exactly what Arizona needed.

The next step comes Sunday when the Beavers host an Arizona team that has yet to win in the Pac-12 after the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5) lost at No. 8 OR 62-44 on Friday. Arizona was good enough to overcome a couple of bad "pockets" to get the win, Miller said.

Oregon took sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with its win and Arizona State's loss at Oregon State.

The Wildcats outscored the visitors 24-14 over the final 7:33.

Evans made one of two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining, and Tinkle's desperation 3-pointer from deep on the right wing was not close.

Holder, the Pac-12's leading scorer at 20.9 points per game, made one of nine shots and scored four points.

"That third quarter, when the kids were challenged, they went out and did a heck of a job", Graves said.

And for about 30 minutes Arizona looked like one of the better teams in the country.