USC vs. Arizona: Preview of the Pac-12 title game

USC vs. Arizona: Preview of the Pac-12 title game

During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 78.4 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (1.4 below their season average). The Wildcats (25-7) were disjointed at times on offense, unable to find seams in Colorado's zone defense. This will be the sixth time the Wildcats head to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship game under Coach Sean Miller.

Colorado used a big second-half run to beat Arizona State 97-85 in its Pac-12 opener, a game that put Boyle in a walking boot after injuring his right calf trying to break up a fight.

Ayton set an Arizona season record with his 23rd double-double, and he tied the Pac-12 freshman record set by UCLA's Kevin Love in 2008.

USC is in its first Pac-12 Tournament final since 2009, when it won the only conference tourney title in school history.

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"Our fans, they're the best; one of the best in all of the country", Miller said.

The Wildcats would end up handling that "moment" very well. Only a total of eight fouls were called in the first half. Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin chipped in with 12 points, while sophomore guard Jonah Mathews put up 11 points, quickly coming back down to earth after he lit up OR for 27 points in their Pac-12 tournament semifinal contest.

While it is going to be much tougher to get the same results out of Arizona, USC needs to keep up the rough, suffocating defense that will force Arizona to work for every single basket. After looking so capable of pulling off the upset in the first half, the Trojans faded away. Welsh and the rest of Bruins limited the Wildcats to zero offensive rebounds in the first half. Arizona turned the rebound disparity around in the second half in overtime, ultimately outrebounding the Bruins 42-33.

The Trojans were solid on that side of the ball in the first half against Arizona, particularly by forcing turnovers.

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Ayton had seven of Arizona's 11 points in overtime, which included UCLA going scoreless, in the semifinal game of the Pac-12 tournament. Even though their were reports prior to the start of the game that he was having some pain in his right foot, that didn't stop him from performing at such a high level. "I've been doubted all my life and when I'm challenged, I really rise to the challenge".

The Bruins kept it close in the second half and hit the gas pedal in the last ten minutes as both teams alternated leads.

Lucas Siewert (16 points, 3 rebounds, 6-6 FT) logged his fifth straight game scoring in double figures averaging 14.0 points during that span. It's hard to make those numbers add up - gift-wrapping OR an extra 20 possessions, still winning by 20, only allowing 54 total points. He scored the Wildcats seven of 11 points in extra minutes and was the reason why the Wildcats won.

Ayton, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player, tallied 32 points and collected 18 rebounds, a day after a 32-point, 14-rebound performance in an overtime win over UCLA in the semifinals. Cartwright had 11 points and four assists. Questions about the FBI's investigation into college basketball (and their program specifically) have dogged this team for months. The Wildcats stayed composed, did not panic, and went to their machine down low, Mr. Ayton to get the job done and he delivered! Larry Scott, this is unacceptable!

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When: Saturday, March 10th at 8 pm MST on FS1.

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