Now, after a close 73-72 loss to Oregon, Arizona sits at 19-8 on the season and 9-5 in conference games. With the loss, Arizona finds itself 1-5 against ranked opponents and 0-4 in those games decided by five points or less.
Last time Arizona faced Oregon, they lost by one point in OT, 74-73, in a game where they blew a double-digit lead.
No team had a double-digit lead in Saturday’s game as Arizona had the largest lead of seven. Still, the two games mirrored each other in several ways outside of just the final score.
In both games, Arizona tied Oregon in the battle of the boards, with 38 rebounds each in the first matchup and 37-rebounds each in Saturday’s game. However, this time Arizona lead in rebounds 36-29 heading into overtime. It was in overtime where Oregon made up the difference and won the board battle 8-1 along with four offensive rebounds.
However, it wasn’t the rebounding that lost Arizona the game; it was its ineffectiveness from the foul line. Coming into the game, Arizona was a 74 percent free-throw shooting team, while Oregon was a 69 percent free-throw shooting team.
Just like the first matchup, Arizona shot below their average at 48 percent while Oregon shot well above their average at 79 percent. The freshmen combined to go 8-for-17 from the line.
The game came down to the fundamentals of basketball, and once again, Arizona fell just shot in a pressured situation against a ranked opponent.
Below are postgame interviews with Sean Miller and players after a frustrating night.
Dylan Smith went 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 from deep for 18-points in what might have been his best game in an Arizona uniform, while Stone Gettings had 11-points and eight rebounds in his 28-minutes of play.
Arizona has proven time and time again that they can’t finish off games in high-pressure situations.