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January 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Arizona live game thread

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Photo credit: AP Photo – John Miller
GAME OVER — After Wilcox’s two FTs, Wroten saved the day with a block at the rim. UW 69-67.
TIE GAME — Hill hit an off-balance three-pointer. UW 67-67, 8 seconds.
MAKE YOUR FTS — Not sure the official tally, but the Huskies have missed at least three FTs in the final three minutes. Wilcox just missed another. UW 67-64, 23 seconds.
BIG SHOT — Ross drained a long jumper. UW 66-62, 51 seconds.
GIVE THE BALL TO WILCOX — This game will be decided by free throws. UW 64-58, 1:59.
CAN THEY FINISH? — UW 60-50, 5:14.
BIG SHOT — Ross curled off a screen and drained a three-pointer. UW 58-48, 6:20.
FIND HILL — Hill is the only one doing much of anything for Arizona. He’s being very aggressive. Just like Wroten on the other end. Gant has to do his work before Hill touches the ball. Deny defense is in order. UW 53-46, 7:31.
AWFUL CALL — A ref took away Wroten’s layup and gave him an offensive foul for using his right arm to clear space. Not sure how anyone can make that call in that position. On the next trip, an official called traveling on Wroten. Both calls seem questionable. UW 53-46, 7:31.
OH MY — Wroten bailed out Ross with a long three-pointer as the shot clock was expiring. Ross lost the handle and the ball was rolling free. UW 453-44, 8:59.
NICE DRIVE — Wilcox put the ball on the floor and made it all the way to the basket for a layup. The Huskies are also finding success posting up Wroten. UW 47-42, 11:46.
EVEN BETTER — And two possessions later, Wroten stole a pass and flushed a two-hand dunk on the other end. UW 37-36, 15:40.
THAT’S MORE LIKE IT — Minutes later, Wroten had another fast break attempt and got up a decent layup. Missed and scored on the putback despite being fouled. He missed the free throw. UA 36-35, 16:24.
WHAT? — Wroten missed a dunk/layup. Not sure what he was trying to do. Looked as if jumped and mistimed everything. Romar wasn’t happy. US 36-33, 16:58.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Really good half of basketball. It’s relatively low scoring, but this game is nothing like the first half Thursday at Arizona State. This is what happens when you got two really good defensive team contesting everything.
Washington is shooting 40 percent and Arizona is at 44 percent.
The last play was somewhat controversial. I thought Hill flushed the putback before time expired, but there’s a question on whether the ball was in the cylinder and he interfered with the shot. It doesn’t matter now. The refs ruled it good.
Washington is playing well, but it needs to do everything a little better. The Huskies trail 20-17 in the battle of the boards and they are 2 of 5 on free throws. That’s got to improve.
N’Diaye has given Washington a big lift early with eight points and three rebounds. No one else has more than five. Gant and Simmons could help the Huskies if they made it their mission to shut down Hill, who has been very active. He as nine points and five rebounds. Turner has also hurt UW with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.
You expect Wroten and Ross, who combined to shoot 2 of 9 from the field, will find the range. If not, the Huskies will be hard pressed to generate enough offense to keep pace with Arizona.
Still it feels like a few more runs will take place in the second half. Washington needs to put itself in position to steal the game in the end.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Hill ended the first half with a thunderous putback dunk on Johnson’s missed three-pointer. Maybe we’ll see a similar play in 20 minutes. UA 32-29.


FINISH STRONG — The Huskies need to close out the half on a good note. They’ll have at least two possessions. This could be a preview of what we’ll see at the end of the game. UA 30-29, 1:24.
LONG DAY — Gaddy and Ross haven’t left the court. Looks like they’re going to play the entire game. Hope they’re rested. UW 27-27, 3:31.
N’DIAYE DOUBLED — Arizona is now double teaming N’Diaye in the post. He tried to pass to Simmons, but it resulted in a turnover. Love these chess moves in basketball. Washington has to find an answer when the Wildcats double. Ideally, someone cuts to the basket. UW 27-25, 4:38.
GOOD GAME — It’s tense inside this place. The crowd hangs on every move. There’s eruptions of cheers and boos every few seconds. Really like how Wroten has played after sitting down early on. It’s as if he went to the bench, got a feel for how the game is being played and now he’s figuring out how he can be successful. N’Diaye is still being big, which is great for UW. The Huskies are also attacking the glass. Looks as if it’s going to be a tight, tense battle. UW 25,23, 6:39.
BEST GAME FOR N’DIAYE? — Matthew Bryan-Amaning torched Arizona at home last year. N’Diaye is doing the same. He has eight points. UW 20-18, 9:13.
THERE’S GOES THE LEAD — After the timeout, Turner scored on a layup. UA 15-14, 11:39.
GADDY IN CHARGE — Gaddy is upset about something. After a timeout, he gathered the guys at midcourt for a brief huddle. He wanted to get across some type of message. He followed them to the bench and he’s still talking rather emphatically. It’s really good to see. You can tell Gaddy wants this game. The momentum is turning to Arizona. UW 14-13, 11:56.
THIRD SUB — C.J. Wilcox is in. UW 14-10, 12:29.
WATCH THAT SHOULDER — Kevin Parrom shouldered ASJ after he was fouled and knocked to the floor.
FIRST SUBS — Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in for N’Diaye and Darnell Gant replaces Simmons. UW 14-7, 14:40.
GOOD START — The Huskies are in control early. They couldn’t have scripted a better start. N’Diaye has six points and Simmons five. Washington’s big men are dominating. N’Diaye has a five-inch height advantage over Perry and he’s using it. Arizona will have to double him and it will be interesting to see what happens then. UW 14-7, 15:04.
FIRST N’DIAYE — The Huskies like to call the first few plays for N’Diaye to get him involved. He scored on a layup and a putback. UW 7-3, 17:27.
THE BLOCK — Arizona is replaying highlights from last year’s game, including Derrick Williams block of Darnell Gant in the final seconds. The place is really going crazy.
STARTING LINEUPS — No changes for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten Jr., Terrence Ross, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Arizona: G Kyle Fogg, G Nick Johnson, G Josiah Turner, F Solomon Hill and F Jesse Perry.
GAME TIME — T.I.’s ‘Bring Em Out’ is blaring on the speakers as the Huskies and Wildcats run on the floor. The place is already electric.
ON THE WEB — Pretty sure you can find the game on ESPN.com if you can’t access via television or radio.
ON TV — Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Bobby Knight are calling the action for ESPN.
GAMEDAY — According to the Arizona Daily Star, more than 1,400 students arrived this morning for ESPN’s road show.
PAC-12 UPDATE — Arizona State leads Washington State 48-40 with about 13 minutes left.
FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE — Colorado lost 77-60 at UCLA, which means Washington can take sole possession of first place with a win today. Of course, California and Oregon play tomorrow and they can move ahead of the Huskies.
FIRST ON THE FLOOR — Arizona came out about two hours before the game and were taking shots. The Huskies arrived much later, maybe 45 minutes later.
SLOW CONNECTION — Apologies guys, but the wireless here is slow and I’m forced to use my wireless card, which is hardly any better.
DRESSED IN BLACK — Washington is wearing its black uniforms, which is appropriate considering Arizona and 14,000 Wildcats fans are dressed in white. The student section has been filled for hours due to ESPN’s College GameDay and they soundly booed a Husky fan who walked win wearing purple. Should be a good day for basketball.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, UCLA

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