If the Arizona Wildcats aren’t ranked on Monday, we riot.

The Wildcats formally presented themselves as a workforce to be reckoned with, rolling previous No. 4 Michigan 80-62 on Sunday night in Las Vegas. The victory gave the UA (5-0) a signature early-season buy as successfully because the championship of the Roman Main Occasion at T-Cell Area.

“We’re right here now and we belong,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd stated for the duration of his postgame radio interview.

Christian Koloko place a occupation high with 22 facets, utterly outplaying Michigan preseason All-American Hunter Dickinson. The junior used to be 8 of 13 from the discipline, dunking four cases cases while additionally knocking down seven rebounds and blocking off four pictures.

Christian Koloko facets toward his mother, who made the outing from Cameroon to appear for her son play for the first time. “Right here’s for her,” he stated over the PA.

— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) November 22, 2021

Arizona’s frontcourt dominated, with Azuolas Tubelis including 13 and eight rebounds and even Oumar Ballo chipping in five rebounds (including three of Arizona’s 10 offensive boards) because the Wildcats outscored the Wolverines (3-2) 54-30 in the paint.

Bennedict Mathurin added 16 facets and Dalen Terry went for 13 facets, five rebounds and five assists, making up for a rough Friday night when harmful pains restricted him to 11 minutes in the previous traditional time buy over Wichita.

Now not like that Wichita game, the establish Arizona became it over 22 cases and shot 40.7 p.c, in opposition to Michigan it handiest gave the ball away 10 cases—and handiest three in the first half of—while shooting 50 p.c from the discipline. The Wildcats held the Wolverines to 43.4 p.c shooting, including 1 of 14 from 3-point vary.

Arizona led 37-29 on the half of and extended it to 59-42 with 13: 18 left after scoring on its first 11 possessions. The Wildcats made their first eight pictures and 5 of 6 free throws.

The UA additionally hit its first two 3-pointers in the second half of after going 2 of 13 from deep in the first half of (and 5 for 27 from outdoor in opposition to Wichita Direct). For the game the Wildcats had been handiest 4 of 21 from 3, by far their good flaw so far this season.

The Wildcats went better than three minutes without scoring, and bigger than five minutes with out a discipline aim, a length that coincided with every Koloko and Tubelis sitting for a lot of of it. But Michigan couldn’t reduce into the lead and even Dickinson couldn’t capitalize, missing a huge-originate layup with 9 minutes left.

Dickinson, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, had 11 facets nonetheless used to be correct 4 of 10 from the discipline.

The Wildcats feeble a 7-0 trail to head up 19-16 midway by the first half of, nonetheless they handiest managed one basket the following three minutes as they began to resolve for long jumpers in would favor to work inner.

Michigan retook the lead on a Dickinson jumper with 7: 57 to head, nonetheless then Arizona ended the half of on an 18-9 trail that six masses of avid gamers ranking. Within the guts used to be a inner most 7-0 trail by Terry, who played on 11 minutes Friday as a result of harmful pains.

Arizona compelled three prices in the first half of, two by Kriisa in a 47-second span and one other by Pelle Larsson, portion of 10 first-half of turnovers by the Wolverines.

The UA returns to scurry Saturday at dwelling in opposition to Sacramento Direct, a game that would possibly commence at McKale Center roughly across the time Arizona’s soccer game at ASU is ending in Tempe.

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