In quite arguably their best game of the season, Arizona makes a statement against a Michigan team that has now dropped three straight. Everything just seemed to go right for Arizona, keeping Michigan off balanced and struggling to defend Arizona’s shooters. Five Wildcats finished the game in double digits, with Stanley Johnson leading the way.
Michigan was completely undersized, with 6-9 freshmen Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle being matched up with 7-0 Kaleb Tarczewski, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Michigan was just flat out terrible. Shooting 26% from beyond the arc, with an overall shooting percentage of 35.
Arizona’s bench doesn’t do much scoring, especially outside of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, but they blend in perfectly with the starters and contribute valuable minutes to this team. It starts with duo of Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Dusan Ristic, who typically sub in together. Parker Jackson-Cartwright only scored about two or three times, but he makes those two or three scores look so beautiful. Ristic’s offensive game is quite arguably the best on the team, with his hook shot from both his left and right hand. Elliot Pitts continues to play his role, holding it down on defense and taking shots when necessary.
With so much offense, TJ McConnell got lost in the mix, ending the day without a single point. But his lack of offense isn’t something to be concerned about. McConnell finished with seven assists, taking care of his teammates first. Despite his offensive struggles, missing two wide open three pointers, Arizona still scored 80 points, which is reassuring for TJ.
Gabe York also came alive today scoring 15, nine of which came from downtown. He also finished with four assists and managed to run the offense efficiently. But the man of the hour was Stanley Johnson, stealing the show with multiple top ten worthy plays. We’ll just leave you with this.