Arizona Advances to Sweet Sixteen


Second seeded Arizona advanced to the sweet 16 for the fifth year in a row by beating 10th seeded Ohio State 73-58 on Saturday.

The Wildcats were down 21-15 with 5:40 left in the first half until TJ McConnell, who had 19 points, six assists, and six rebounds, sparked the offense to take the lead 26-25 at half.

Stanley Johnson had his worst game all year going 1-for-12 from the field only scoring four points, but did have 10 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 11 points with 10 rebounds, recording a double-double. Kaleb Tarczewski had eight points and nine rebounds.

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Coming off the bench Gabe York had one of his best games of the year scoring 19 points. It was an impressive bounce-back game for York who struggled in the Tournament opener as he didn’t score a point against Texas Southern.

Coming into the game everyone thought it would be the battle of the freshman with Arizona’s Johnson and Ohio States D’Angelo Russell, but both had off games.

Russell went 3-19 from the field scoring nine points with six assists and seven rebounds. The Buckeyes’ Sam Thompson led the team in scoring with 18 points, but their bench only scored a total of 10 points to support the cause.

Arizona has improved their overall record in 2015 to 33-3, while Ohio State ended their season with a 24-11 record.

The Wildcats will fly to Los Angeles later this week to play sixth seeded Xavier, who has reached their fifth Sweet Sixteen game since 2008.