Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Post-Game Notes: #1 ARIZ (71), #8 UTAH (39)
Arizona held Utah to just 13 points in the first half and 26 in the second, for a total of 39 points which is a new Pac-12 Tournament record for fewest points allowed by a team in the tournament (previously 40 points, two times: USC vs UCLA on Mar. 7, 2012 and ORE vs WSU on Mar. 11, 2009). Utah had the highest shooting percentage in the Pac-12 regular season, 49.7%.
Arizona tied the largest margin of victory in a Pac-12 Tournament game (32 points) previously set by UCLA in 2006: UCLA (79) vs. OSU (47).
Arizona’s defense also held Utah to a Pac-12 Tournament record lowest 25.5% shooting for the game, going just 12- of-47 which also broke the previous record of fewest field goals made in a Pac-12 Tournament Game. The previous record for lowest FG PCT in a Pac-12 Tournament game was held by Oregon who shot 26.0% going 13-50 from the field, which was also the game that had the previous record of fewest FGs Made in a Pac-12 Tournament game.
Utah’s Brandon Taylor (third leading scorer on the team, 10.9 ppg) failed to record any points against Arizona on Thursday going just 0-for-2, and recording one assist. Delon Wright (16.1 ppg) and Jordan Loveridge (15.1 ppg) combined for a total of just seven points, shooting a combined 1-of-14 FGs.
From 3:47 left in the first half to 10:45 left in the second, Utah went 0-15 in FGs, a game time span of over 13 minutes.
Arizona dominated in almost every aspect of the game, shooting 53% from the field, 39% from behind the arc, and out- rebounding Utah 39-24 for the game.
Arizona Sr. Guard T.J. McConnell stepped up today, recording 13 pts (9.7 ppg), shooting 75% from the field (6-of-8), while also collecting four rebounds and four assists.
Aaron Gordon, Freshman Forward for Arizona, had a well-rounded game, scoring 11 points (4-9 FGs), collecting seven rebounds and two assists.
Arizona (who ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense) held Utah to only 13 points in the first half, the fewest points ever scored in a half in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Arizona out-rebounded Utah significantly in the first half, grabbing 20 total rebounds, (13 Def, 7 Off), while Utah recorded only 7 total rebounds (6 Def, 1 Off). This led to 6 second chance points and 8 fast break points for Arizona, while Utah had none in either category.
The top three point scorers for Utah: Wright (16.1 ppg), Taylor (10.9 ppg), and Loveridge (15.1 ppg) were held scoreless in the first half, while only recording 2 assists and 3 rebounds as a trio.
Utah shot well below its Pac-12 best FG PCT of 49.7%, shooting only 26.3% in the first half, while Arizona shot 50%
Arizona, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation in the AP poll (had spent 8 weeks in the No.1 spot previously this year), swept the season series with Utah (2-0). Utah currently leads the overall series (28-27), but have not beat Arizona since 1998. However, the last time these two teams met (in Salt Lake City), the game went to OT with Arizona prevailing for a 67-63 OT victory.
Arizona completed the season with a Pac-12 best record of 28-3, sealing up their 13th regular season Pac-12 title. They also hold the record for most Pac-12 Tournament titles with 4