Arizona Basketball

Adams’ unfortunate broken foot on last play symbolic of disjointed season for UCLA and Arizona

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G: Games played. S: Number of starts.
BP: Bench points. A player gets three points if he is first off the bench, two if second and one if third. Shows Sean Miller’s rotation.
UCLA: Productivity points against UCLA
UMIN: Minutes played against UCLA
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
TMIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)
NOTE: Player must average at least 10 minutes a game to be listed in primary rotation

Jordan Adams had a dominating performance to the end when he broke his right foot in UCLA's win over Arizona

Jordan Adams had a dominating performance to the end when he broke his right foot in UCLA’s win over Arizona

LAS VEGAS — In in this disjointed season for UCLA and Arizona, the player who impacted Friday’s game the most — UCLA guard Jordan Adams — broke his right foot on the last play of the game in the Bruins’ 66-64 victory. Figures.

That’s unfortunate news for college basketball in general that Adams, who scored 13 consecutive points for UCLA in its second-half comeback, is finished for the season. His 18 points in the second half helped end Arizona senior Solomon Hill’s chance to wear the Pac-12 tournament championship T-shirt and cap Hill talked so much about. Adams, who suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone, can only watch and hope the Bruins can bring home the Pac-12 hardware.

My colleague Anthony Gimino of turned to me after the game and mentioned that Adams became another Allen Crabbe or Spencer Dinwiddie, players who became hot and shot down the Wildcats in the second half of the Pac-12 season.

UCLA, which last week lost to last-place Washington State and has eight defeats overall, has a chance to win the Pac-12 regular season and tournament championship with a win over Oregon tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“We didn’t have enough defensive fortitude, hanging in there, being able to get that big stop when we really needed it,” Arizona coach Sean Miller explained about the Wildcats’ allowing an 11-point second-half lead to slip away.

Adams had an incredible 37 productivity points in only 29 minutes — it felt like he was on the court for the full 40 minutes — far outperforming every other starter in the game. For the definition of productivity points and rating, please see the glossary.

Adams posted more productivity points than Arizona’s senior starters — Hill, Kevin Parrom and Mark Lyons — who combined for only 33 in 75 minutes. Adams’ aggressive play landed him on the free-throw line 13 times (making 11) while Hill and Lyons did not attempt a single free throw. Adams had more free throws than Arizona (7 of 9 shooting) overall.

Two of Adams’ free throw attempts were a result of Miller’s technical foul with 4:37 remaining that tied the game at 56. That was the first tie of the game since 14:04 remained in the first half. Arizona had the lead from that point until the technical.

Miller was adamant that he shouted only that Adams touched the ball on a double-dribble call on Lyons. The UA coach also gave credit to UCLA for the victory and said the loss was on him because of the technical.

— Arizona, Sean Miller perplexed, vexed by technical foul in loss to UCLA (Anthony Gimino,
— Arizona’s experienced players dealt another losing hand in conference tourney

“My man over here (pointing at Hill on the podium), he’s never coming back here again,” Miller said. “His coach gets a technical foul. Didn’t cuss. Didn’t challenge him (referee Michael Irving). By the way, it’s my first technical foul of the year. That’s what this is about. And by the way, full credit given to UCLA. They did a great job.”

Nobody has heard of Irving until Friday, but UA fans now hold him in the same disdain as Booker Turner, Dave Libbey and Tom Harrington. It was Harrington who called a technical foul on Lute Olson late in the game when UCLA ended Arizona’s 71-game McKale Center winning streak in 1992.

Olson sounded like Miller then. “I said nothing,” Olson told reporters after that game. “I assume it was because I was trying to express something. If you ask me, I think it was retaliation for giving one earlier (to former UCLA coach Jim Harrick, who got one in the first half).”

Brandon Ashley had the most productive game against UCLA for the Wildcats

Brandon Ashley had the most productive game against UCLA for the Wildcats

Arizona sophomore guard Nick Johnson, when asked of the officiating, took the high road.

“I don’t want to talk about the officiating,” he said. “They (the Bruins) have good players. They made good plays.”

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Arizona’s young bigs made good plays too, which provides hope for the Wildcats as they rejoin March Madness after a year away last season. Grant Jerrett, Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley combined for 50 of Arizona’s 92 productivity points in the game. They played a total of 70 minutes, which means they combined for a productivity rating of .714. That’s normally a winning performance but Arizona’s experienced players struggled.

The freshmen made a statement against UCLA’s more-publicized freshmen — Adams, Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. That trio combined for 71 productivity points in 91 minutes, a .780 rating, mostly behind Adams’ production.

“It’s honestly not something we look at,” Ashley said when asked if the UA’s freshmen took at as a challenge playing against UCLA’s publicized freshmen. “We don’t look at a player getting individual accolades. When the team is not winning, none of that matters.”

UCLA is 3-0 against Arizona, the second time the Bruins have achieved that mark against the Wildcats in a season. They also were 3-0 against the UA in 2006. Arizona tried to go 3-0 against the Bruins in 2003 and 2010 but lost both games in the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament.


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Solomon Hill is on the brink of joining an elite group of scorers and rebounds in UA history

Solomon Hill needs 17 points and four rebounds to join Arizona’s 20-10 Club

Hill is 17 points from No. 20 career scoring leader Joe Noels, who had 1,409 points from 1976-80. He is four rebounds shy of No. 10 career rebounding leader Jordan Hill (no relation), who produced 763 from 2006-09.

Defensive Rebounding Percentage (DRB%): Determined by dividing Arizona’s defensive rebounds (26 against UCLA) by the opposition’s offensive rebounds (11) added to Arizona’s defensive rebounds (26) — 26/(11 + 26) = 70.3 percent.

Offensive Rebounding Percentage (ORB%): Determined by taking Arizona’s offensive rebound total (11) divided by that total (11) and the defensive rebounds of the opponent (20 for UCLA) — 11/(11 + 20) = 35.5 percent.

Ideal marks are 72 percent DRB% and 38 percent ORB%.

NEXT UP: Arizona in NCAA Tournament, TBD
UCLA 66, Arizona 64
— Brandon Ashley 21 PP/25 MIN
Arizona 79, Colorado 69
— Nick Johnson 29 PP/35 MIN
Arizona 73, ASU 58
— Nick Johnson 28 PP/36 MIN
UCLA 74, Arizona 69
— Grant Jerrett 25 PP/24 MIN
USC 89, Arizona 78
— Solomon Hill 31 PP/38 MIN
Arizona 73, Washington State 56
— Kevin Parrom 32 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 70, Washington 52
— Solomon Hill 29 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 68, Utah 64
— Brandon Ashley 18 PP/22 MIN
Colorado 71, Arizona 58
— Angelo Chol 14 PP/20 MIN
California 77, Arizona 69
— Brandon Ashley 21 PP/29 MIN
Arizona 73, Stanford 66
— Mark Lyons 41 PP/36 MIN
Arizona 79, Washington State 65
— Mark Lyons 22 PP/23 MIN
Arizona 57, Washington 53
— Nick Johnson 26 PP/34 MIN
Arizona 74, USC 50
— Solomon Hill 22 PP/24 MIN
UCLA 84, Arizona 73
— Nick Johnson 29 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 71, Arizona State 54
— Mark Lyons 34 PP/31 MIN
Arizona 80, Oregon State 70
— Brandon Ashley 19 PP/22 MIN
Oregon 70, Arizona 66
— Mark Lyons 24 PP/37 MIN
Arizona 60, Utah 57
— Solomon Hill 29 PP/35 MIN
Arizona 92, Colorado 83 (OT)
— Kevin Parrom 28 PP/34 MIN
Arizona 68, San Diego State 67
— Kevin Parrom 28 PP/26 MIN
Arizona 69, Miami 50
— Kevin Parrom 21 PP/21 MIN
Arizona 73, East Tennessee State 53
— Brandon Ashley 27 PP/22 MIN
Arizona 89, Oral Roberts 64
— Grant Jerrett 24 PP/21 MIN
Arizona 65, Florida 64
— Solomon Hill 31 PP/37 MIN
Arizona 66, Clemson 54
— Mark Lyons 30 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 63, Southern Mississippi 55
— Kevin Parrom 19 PP/30 MIN
Arizona 85, Texas Tech 57
— Solomon Hill 26 PP/26 MIN
Arizona 93, NAU 50
— Nick Johnson 27 PP/22 MIN
Arizona 94, Long Beach State 72
— Brandon Ashley 40 PP/24 MIN
Arizona 72, UTEP 51
— Mark Lyons 21 PP/25 MIN
Arizona 82, Charleston Southern 73
— Brandon Ashley 26 PP/24 MIN

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Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner


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