The Cats will be pressed to slow down the Aggies, who enter tonight's clash with an unblemished 7-0 record, having beaten each of their last five opponents (Oklahoma State, Penn State, Pepperdine, USC and Texas-Rio Grande Valley) by an average of 15.6 points per game. They began the season as the fifth-ranked team in the country, but fell out of the rankings after dropping three consecutive games in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. He also hit a 3-pointer when the game was tied, with just under two minutes to go, that put the Wildcats up for good.
For the Wildcats to be an elite team, they would either need their defense of years past to return or get more offensively from those players to become a high-powered offensive team.
"We had three turnovers in the second half, I would say that was maybe the biggest reason we won", Miller said. The Aggies had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.327 (above their season average of 0.229) and held the Vaqueros to an effective field goal percentage of 0.350 (below their season average of 0.474). He finished the game with seven points, three assists and one turnover on 35 minutes of play.
Trier was doubled with the shot clock winding down, and while trying to make his next basketball move on the right wing, he slipped.
When Trier got the ball at the top of the key, he was immediately met with a double team.
The Wildcats (6-3) took the lead for good with 1:55 left on a 3-pointer from Parker Jackson-Cartwright and hung on during a tense final two minutes, staying ahead when Texas A&M center Tyler Davis was called for traveling with seven seconds left and Duane Wilson missed the first of three free throws he took with two seconds left.
In the first half, Wilson scored 12 first-half points for Texas A&M, including a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left before halftime, to give the Aggies a 31-29 halftime lead. "That's a lesson learned".
While the Aggies were the favorites, a raucous crowd in favor of the Wildcats made them feel like the underdogs.
Arizona's offense scored 67 points. Arizona had more defensive problems in the first half at UNLV, but rallied to beat the Runnin' Rebels 91-88 in overtime. A handful of those led to transition buckets for Texas A&M and a few were passes simply thrown right to an opposing player.
Robert Williams is going to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Neither draft prospect dominated.