Arizona went into Saturday's game making sure it was not taking Harvard lightly. Read on to see how…
Player of the Game:
Mark Lyons – The senior played what may have been his best offensive performing game of the season. He finished the game with a career-high 27 points on 12-17 shooting.
Lyons had just three assists as Arizona's point guard, but only turned the ball over twice and was a vital component throughout the game, answering Harvard's mini-runs and keeping the Wildcats ahead for good.
It may have seemed as if Arizona didn't play well for parts of the game, but closer inspection of the box score shows that the Wildcats didn't play bad at all. There were a few plays that some Wildcats took off or played poorly, but the overall effort was good for Arizona.
The Wildcats had just twelve turnovers on the day, forcing the Crimson to turn it over eight times. Arizona also out-rebounded Harvard by eight and dished out thirteen assists on the game. Even without one of the key role players, Grant Jerrett, for a majority of the night, the Wildcats were able to pull away and win by a large margin.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"Mark is filled with confidence and when he gets his confidence going it's contagious on our entire team," Sean Miller said. "He's been in the tournament; there is no game he hasn't really played in other than an Elite Eight or Final Four."
"You know, it's a great feeling," Lyons said of his opportunity at Arizona. "I'm playing for my original coach who recruited me, playing with a bunch of guys who believe in me and got faith in me; we've been coming together as a team. It's great to be back in the Sweet 16 and trying to advance."