OR forward M.J. Cage (4) battles with Arizona State forward De'Quon Lake (35) for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils are tied atop the conference at 4-0 with the Ducks, who are off to their best conference start since 2000-01. After scoring 8 consecutive points, Arizona State led 39-35.
"You can practice, prepare", Miller said, "but until you get in the game you don't realize the size they have, how well they communicate". Washington State's Borislava Hristova was the Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 32.5 points per game last week. Elijah Brown had 18 points and hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for Oregon.
Heading into Pac-12 play, it looked like the Arizona schools would rise to the top of the conference, with the talented Sun Devils (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12) and Wildcats (12-4, 2-1 Pac-12) coming in as the only ranked Pac-12 teams.
Despite Oregon's poor 3-point shooting (26 percent) and ASU getting to the free-throw line (31 attempts), the Ducks were able to be either be in control or keep the deficit close for the entirety of the game.
Kodi Justice had 21 points, Shannon Evans II 19 and Tra Holder finished with 14 for the Sun Devils.
It's a matchup of opposites, with the Wildcats featuring a dizzying offensive attack spearheaded by a three-headed monster of Deandre Ayton, Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins-who score 20.4, 19.6 and 15.6 points per game, respectively. Similar to that ranking, Oregon State trails only Florida.
"The best offense is good defense", Alkins said. Colorado is 10th nationally in rebounds with 44.93 per game.
The Wildcats used a 15-4 run in the second half to pull away for a 62-53 win at the McKale Center. Trier scored a game-high 21 points and Ayton had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sun Devils don't have an answer physically for players like McIntosh, who kept OR in a game that it, quite frankly, didn't deserve to be in with some of its sloppy plays early on.
He managed five points in 15 minutes in the first three Pac-12 games. "They do a really good job".