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Arizona 98, Wisconsin 73

College Basketball(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By DAVID BRANDT
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pelle Larsson scored a career-high 21 points, Caleb Love added 20, and No. 1 Arizona rolled to a 98-73 win over No. 23 Wisconsin.

The Wildcats - playing as the top team in the country for the first time in nine years - looked comfortable in their new role, using a 25-8 run to end the first half and take a 17-point halftime lead.

Larsson finished 6 of 6 shooting from the field, including 4 of 4 on 3-pointers. The Wildcats shot 58% from the field.

It was tight game for the first 10 minutes, and the score was tied at 23-all with 8:50 left in the first half before a stretch of overwhelming offense from the Wildcats gave them a 48-31 advantage at the break. Kylan Boswell hit a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer to extend the advantage to 17.

A 55-second, eight-point stretch encapsulated the run: Larsson splashed home his third 3-pointer of the first half, Love followed with a steal and a soaring dunk and then Oumar Ballo capped the fireworks with an alley-oop slam.

Wisconsin was shook and wouldn't recover. The Badgers came into the game on a six-game winning streak, including a win over then-No. 3 Marquette.

John Blackwell led Wisconsin with 17 points.

Arizona hasn’t been No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since an eight-week stint that ended in January 2014 under former coach Sean Miller. Coach Tommy Lloyd is in his third season after a long run as an assistant at Gonzaga, and his first two teams each spent multiple weeks inside the top five.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers hung with the Wildcats for a little while, but simply ran into a buzzsaw. Wisconsin should learn from the hostile road environment and there's no reason it can't be a significant factor in the Big Ten race.

Arizona: Lloyd said last week that his team needed to embrace the high expectations of being a No. 1 team. Mission accomplished. The Badgers gave the Wildcats some fight early, but Arizona's late first-half run is a sign that this could be a team that stays in the top spot for a while. A big game awaits against Purdue next weekend.

December 9, 2023


Wisconsin
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
S. Crowl F 26 5-9 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 11
T. Wahl F 25 3-10 2-3 0-1 1-5 1 0 0 1 5 8
C. Hepburn G 30 3-9 0-0 1-2 0-6 6 0 1 1 2 7
M. Klesmit G 27 2-6 0-0 1-3 0-0 2 0 0 2 2 5
A. Storr G 25 4-12 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 1 0 0 10
J. Blackwell   26 6-12 1-2 4-5 1-7 2 0 0 0 2 17
N. Winter   14 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-1 2 0 0 0 2 3
C. Gilmore   10 3-4 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 0 2 7
C. Essegian   8 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Ilver   4 2-4 0-0 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 5
K. McGee   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Lindsey   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 29-70
(.414)
5-8
(.625)
10-21
(.476)
6-30 13 0 3 8 18 73


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Johnson F 23 5-10 0-0 1-4 2-9 4 0 1 1 2 11
O. Ballo C 28 7-8 1-2 0-0 1-9 2 3 2 1 2 15
K. Boswell G 33 4-10 0-0 2-5 0-1 9 0 0 2 2 10
P. Larsson G 30 6-6 5-9 4-4 0-4 4 0 0 0 2 21
C. Love G 28 7-13 3-4 3-8 0-7 5 0 2 1 2 20
K. Lewis   17 2-4 3-4 0-2 0-1 2 1 0 0 2 7
J. Bradley   14 1-3 0-0 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 3
M. Krivas   12 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0 1 3 2
P. Murauskas   7 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
F. Borovicanin   3 0-1 4-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 4
C. Martinez   3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
L. Champion   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Menaugh   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Weitman   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   198 35-60
(.583)
16-26
(.615)
12-26
(.462)
4-39 26 6 5 7 16 98
Officials: Kipp Kissinger, Brooks Wells, Eric Curry




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