There are no more Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament as No. 13 Buffalo stunned No. 4 Arizona 89-68 in a massive first round upset on Thursday.
The Wildcats were outworked through nearly the entire affair, with Buffalo pulling away in the second half and demoralizing the Arizona sideline.
3 Who Mattered
Deandre Ayton: In what was almost surely his last game for the Wildcats, Ayton posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Wes Clark: The leading scorer for Buffalo, Clark was an efficient 10-of-14 from the field for 25 points while adding 7 assists.
Jeremy Harris: The second-leading scorer for Buffalo, Harris posted 23 points on a less efficient 10-of-20 shooting. He also added 7 rebounds.
Sean Miller was out-coached
Arizona couldn’t manage the pace against Buffalo. Coming into Thursday night, Buffalo ranked fifth in points per game (84.7), 19th in possessions (76.5) and 28th in offensive efficiency nationally. In laymen’s terms, Buffalo scores in bunches and gets in transition. That relegated Ayton to almost a purely halfcourt role and Arizona couldn’t slow the game down.
Buffalo has the makings of a Cinderella
The MAC champion Bulls will face Kentucky on Saturday in the second round. Buffalo was a feisty group that shot extremely well against the Wildcats. No amount of blue-chippers can account for 15 3-pointers and a rapid pace. Now the Bulls have momentum heading into their next matchup.
The Number: 55%
Buffalo shot 55 percent from the field (34-of-62) to Arizona’s 44 percent (29-of-64). The Bulls’ offensive showing included a 50 percent (15-of-30) mark on 3-pointers.
What’s Next for Arizona Basketball
Arizona’s season is done. The Wildcats finish 27-8 overall after an up-and-down season highlighted by a Pac-12 title and marred by the ongoing FBI scandal.
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