Clark Kellogg: Arizona "Conceded," Offered "No Pushback At All"

Buffalo dominated Arizona – and the Bulls might not be done, Kellogg says

Taz and the Moose
March 16, 2018 - 10:47 am

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As college basketball fans across the country watched No. 13 Buffalo build its second-half lead against No. 4 Arizona on Thursday, a common thought, surely, raced through their minds:

The Arizona comeback is coming. It has to.

Well, it didn’t. 

A close game turned into a rout, as Buffalo scored 49 second-half points to bury Arizona, 89-68, and advance to the Round of 32.

The Wildcats offered no pushback. 

“No pushback at all,” CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg said on Taz & The Moose. “They couldn’t guard them.”

Buffalo shot 34-of-62 (54.8 percent) from the floor, including 15-of-30 (50 percent) from three. Guards Wes Clark and Jeremy Harris went off for 25 and 23 points, respectively. Both made 10 field goals. Both made three threes. So did Nick Perkins, who scored 13 points off the bench. C.J. Massinburg, meanwhile, shot 5-of-8 from distance.

The rout was on.

“This team averages 85 points a game, they got four guys that score between 15 and 17, and I watched them three times,” Kellogg said. “Really, really liked them – until I saw the matchup. I felt they would push Arizona but not be able to get over the hump. Not only did they push them, they dominated.”

Deandre Ayton couldn’t get doing down low – he finished with 14 points on 13 shots – and Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins, and Dusan Ristic combined to shoot 0-of-8 from three.

“Arizona had no answers,” Kellogg said. “(Buffalo) spread them out, drove them, made threes, and got all the loose balls. In the latter quarter of that game, it seemed as though Arizona just conceded a bit. That can happen when a team is aggressive, confident, and playing at a high level.”

Buffalo (27-8) will face No. 5 Kentucky (25-10) on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET. John Calipari’s crew advanced after downing Davidson, 78-73 – despite not making a three-pointer.

The game figures to be a fast-paced affair. 

“These Bulls don’t think they’re done,” Kellogg said. “I think Kentucky will match up much better in terms of being able to defend them, but that’s a high-octane offensive team playing with a lot of confidence. That’s going to be one heck of a matchup when they get after it tomorrow.”