Arizona tipped off its 2020-21 basketball season with an opening 74-55 sluggish win over Grambling State.
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— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) November 28, 2020
The offense was one of the significant question marks coming into the season, and wondering who Arizona’s go-to guy would be. That question was answered fast by James Akinjo, the transfer from Georgetown who went for 19 points in his first game with the Wildcats.
During the game, it was clear that Arizona’s top-two players are both transfers in Akinjo, and Jordan Brown, the transfer from Nevada. Brown might have been the best player on the court, going for 19 points, 15 rebounds, and collected three blocked shots along the way.
Here’s Akinjo and Brown talking about the first game of the season, and what it was like to play in an empty McKale Center:
Arizona struggled to shoot the ball with any consistency finishing 7-for-25 from behind the arc. However, the Wildcats were able to dominate in transition with 29 fast-break points.
Here’s what coach Sean Miller had to say about his team’s performance and what he saw from the new players on the team:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.