Arizona shows tremendous balance from its starting 5 in win over UNLV

Arizona has now won 46 straight home games. It’s the longest streak in the country. Forty-five became 46 on Saturday night because Sean Miller’s team won its sixth straight game and got balance across the board from its starting five.

Miller and his coaching staff will probably feel good and confident going forward after they watch the tape from this game. The Wildcats beat UNLV 82-70 behind a career-high 20 points from 7-foot sophomoer Dusan Ristic, another 17 from fifth-year transfer Ryan Anderson, 15 apiece courtesy of Kadeem Allen and Allonzo Trier, and 11 from senior Gabe York.

The Wildcats got by on 52 percent shooting and overcame 18 turnovers. Miller’s team was feisty and resilient in keeping UNLV off the offensive boards, too. Ristic’s performance was absolutely needed for Arizona, as it still doesn’t have Kaleb Tarczewski back from a foot injury. Overall, the returns are good in Tucson.

UNLV gave Arizona a good push, but the Wildcats played like a veteran squad. Every time UNLV made a little run in the second half, Zona pushed back. The Runnin’ Rebels were hampered when freshman big man Stephen Zimmerman had to ice up his leg in the second half. UNLV has built a weird résumé to this point. The Runnin’ Rebels have wins over Indiana and Oregon but have dropped outcomes against both big Arizona schools in addition to Wichita State and UCLA.

Arizona, meanwhile, only has one loss and it came against 11-1 Providence. Providence’s only loss? Undefeaed Michigan State. So with all the movement in college hoops on Saturday, don’t be shocked if U of A is ranked in the top 10 of the polls come Monday. It’s at No. 13 right now and there’s definitely some shifting to come.

Arizona closes out its nonconference slate with one more home game, a tilt against Long Beach State on Tuesday.

Dusan Ristic has his breakout game in Arizona’s home victory over UNLV. (USATSI)


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