Ducks top troubled Wildcats in OT

Posted February 26, 2018

Maybe for good, maybe not.

Brown made two free throws before Alkins completed the three-point play and OR led 92-88. Associate coach Lorenzo Romar will take Miller's place.

"We knew they'd come out with fire, and wanting to prove something", UO sophomore Keith Smith said. "But we didn't finish the job". He is one of the nation's best players this season, averaging 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Star freshman Deandre Ayton, the recruit referred to in the report, got the start at center in the Wildcats' 98-93, overtime loss to the Ducks. Not only was there a possible fatigue factor but, of course, there was an environment Ayton had to deal with.

On top of that, another fan was carrying an oversized 100 Grand bar.

Not having Miller on the floor made things feel a bit different for Romar and the rest of the Wildcats.

"They were relentless", Phelps said of Oregon.

"We need him", guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright said. "He really cares about his team".

During Gordon's one-and-done season at Arizona, the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight but lost in a regional final to Wisconsin in overtime 64-63. After some tough defense by Kenny Wooten forced a miss by Wildcats post Dusan Ristic, Troy Brown Jr. spun in an acrobatic layin just before the shot clock expired, and OR led 88-83. "But I thought our guys were phenomenal in how they came out".

"I have great respect for Arizona", Altman said. "I'm not looking at it that way".

Arizona released a statement saying Miller and the school agreed to the decision, citing the "best interests of the University and the basketball program".

The Oregon Ducks did what they could as Arizona continued to hit from the floor to the tune of 12 for their first 16 shots for a 27-19 lead. The lead remained five at 90-85 when Rawle Alkins broke free for a dunk and was fouled by Wooten, but Alkins drew a technical for jawing at Wooten after the basket, denying the Wildcats a chance to grab momentum. For over 10 minutes Ayton did not attempt a shot and didn't make the shot in the last 15:51, the impending result led to OR jumping to take control of the game and ultimately the win.

Arizona burst out of the gate in both halves in regulation.

Arizona pushed the lead back to double digits in the first two minutes of the second half. "We wanted this game", said UO junior Paul White, whose offensive rebound kept the ball with the Ducks prior to McIntosh's three. Trier did not play in Arizona's 75-65 win over Oregon State on Thursday.

The quote of the year in the Pac-12 came from Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who was asked earlier this season if beating Arizona had added significance because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation bull's-eye on the Wildcats' program.