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Cat Tracks: Wildcats defense shines in rout of USC

Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) shoots for two points over the attempted defense of Southern California's Byron Wesley (22) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2013. (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 January 26 win against USC. Arizona 74, USC 50.

The Good:

The Wildcats rebounded from a tough loss to UCLA in large part to a strong defensive performance.

Arizona looked like a team in control from the start, holding a lead as big as 34 points in the second half.

Nick Johnson led the scoring charge for the Wildcats, netting 14 points on the night. Solomon Hill added 13 points, five boards and four assists.

The 'Cats improved to 17-2 overall this season and 5-2 in Pac-12 play. Arizona finds itself in a three-way tie for second place in the loss column with ASU and UCLA.

The Bad:

Despite Johnson's team-high 14 points, he committed four turnovers against USC. He has averaged only 1.7 turnovers per game this season.

Noted:

Arizona held USC to 28.1 percent shooting, which was the lowest they've held any opponent to this year. USC's 50 points was also a season-low for the Trojans.

USC committed 11 turnovers in the first half and were outrebounded by Arizona by a 22-17 margin.

The Wildcats came into their game against the Trojans averaging 45.7 percent shooting from the field for the season. They shot 41 percent on Saturday night and 33.3 percent from three-point range.

Coming Up Next:

Arizona will head to Washington on Thursday, January 31 to face the Huskies. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. MST.

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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