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Cat Tracks: Wildcats secure fourth seed in Pac-12 tournament with win over ASU

Arizona's Solomon Hill (44) drives past the defense of Arizona State's Jonthan Gilling during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Arizona won 73-58. (AP Photo/John Miller)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we give you 'Cat Tracks', providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from Arizona's 73-58 win over ASU on March 9.

The Good:

The Wildcats locked down the fourth seed and a first-round bye in this year's Pac-12 tournament with a convincing win over rival ASU in their home finale of the season.

Sophomore Nick Johnson played a strong game offensively and defensively for the 'Cats. He scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win. Johnson also scored seven straight points as Arizona put together a 20-5 run to pull away in the second half.

Senior Solomon Hill added 12 points in his final home game at the McKale Center.

The Wildcats got off to a hot start and at one point held a 15-point lead in the first half. The team showed it's toughness answering a late run by ASU. The Devils pulled to within five but would get no closer in the contest.

The Bad:

Senior Mark Lyons shot just 2 of 10 from the field and had just eight points, and committed three turnovers. He also fouled out of the game on a technical call.

The Wildcats saw Carrick Felix, who performed poorly against them in their last meeting with the Sun Devils, drop 22 points on Saturday.


Arizona scored 21 points on 17 ASU turnovers.

The Wildcats said farewell to five seniors in Saturday's finale against the Sun Devils.

The 'Cats finished their regular season campaign at 24-6 overall and 12-6 in conference play.

There was a total of 40 fouls in the game, 25 of which came in the second half.

Arizona outrebounded ASU by a 35-23 margin.

Coming Up Next:

The Wildcats will open the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. They will play the winner of the No. 5 vs. No. 12 game.

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 2011, Intern Summer 2007
Favorite sports memory: Braves 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 to win 1995 World Series.

Favorite all-time athlete: Chipper Jones

Favorite sports movies: Slapshot and Field of Dreams


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