The Bruins got off to a fast start in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, hitting 7 of their first 11 shots to build a 30-17 lead.
The last time the Wildcats played, they defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 83-67.
Turnovers hurt the Wildcats.
They will be motivated, but it appears that Sean Miller and Arizona might be even more motivated, seemingly angered by all the news. Deandre Ayton was transcendent with 32 points and 14 rebounds in the win, making 13 of his 16 shots from the field.
Arizona shot 44.8 percent from the field and outrebounded the Trojans 20-11 but UA committed nine turnovers that led to seven USC points.
Arizona's Rawle Alkins dunks over Southern California's Elijah Stewart during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Pac-12 men's tournament championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. The Wildcats move on to face the Stanford-UCLA victor in Friday's semifinals. "McKale Center, if you were with us on the last weekend, I don't know if there would be an arena filled with more excitement or pageantry than what these guys experienced in the last weekend playing in McKale". The Bruins "tried" to play zone to limit him, but that didn't work. "I think we're probably on the outside looking in, but I'm hopeful".
The Trojans and Wildcats have only met once this year, with Arizona claiming an 81-67 victory in Tucson on February 10 behind big nights from Alkins and Ayton. George King led Colorado with 19 points. "Whatever happens next, we'll find out tomorrow and go from there". "They went on that run, and it was kind of all she wrote".
After a two-game buffer working the wings into the rotation against Kansas and Cal in December, the Cardinal won five straight games to spark a 12-7 close to the season.
Miller's job appeared to be in jeopardy late in the season, when an ESPN report alleged he was caught on an Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to lure Ayton to the school.
It might turn into a shootout as two of the nation's top offenses clash.
The battle of the Pac-12 powers is the second meeting of the season. As of this writing, 80% of betting tickets are on the Wildcats to cover the point spread this afternoon. Rakocevic failed to score in the second half, while Mathews lost the shooting touch that had proved so crucial throughout the conference tournament. He was sidelined for two minutes before returning to the court.
I'm not sure many 6s want to guard all of that on short notice.
While Wright's injury no doubt had an effect on the Buffs, Boyle refused to use it as an excuse.
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). Davis was limited to 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Dusan Ristic, also named to the all-tournament team, added 16 points and five rebounds.
"We were not good rebounding all night", Boyle said. An invitation to a smaller postseason tournament seems nearly certain. From there, the Trojans need to suffocate Arizona, play physical, do whatever it takes to make them uncomfortable.