Harvard vs. Arizona: Wildcats Must Continue Hot Shooting to Build on Round 3 Win

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots over Kenyatta Smith #25 of the Harvard Crimson in the first half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After defeating the Harvard Crimson in the round of 32, the Arizona Wildcats will need to continue to shoot well in order to advance past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

The No. 14 seed was overmatched from the beginning, falling behind 17-2 by the time the second television timeout came. Arizona was just getting started at that point, and it will need to carry on its hot shooting into the next round.

Arizona blew past Harvard and won 74-51 (box score via ESPN.com).

With a defensive-minded Ohio State team possibly looming, the Wildcats will need another big shooting night to get to the Elite Eight. 

Five different Wildcats made a three-pointer, and three had multiple three-pointers. Guard Mark Lyons was the leader with three. He shot 12-of-17 and had 27 points, which he will need to repeat for his team to pull out another win.

The Wildcats matched their average of points per game on Saturday, but they exceeded their field-goal percentage by 10 percent. 

In back-to-back tournament games, they have shot at least 55 percent from the floor and over 50 percent from three-point range. They made nine three-pointers in each of their games in the tournament, so they are being consistent.

Arizona was a Top Five team earlier this year, so they have the talent to compete with anyone. If they shoot the way they have so far in this tournament, their next opponent will have a hard time keeping up.

If Ohio State survives Iowa State in their round of 32 matchup, the Buckeyes would play much better defense than either Harvard or Belmont, so don't expect the Wildcats to shoot 55 percent again. Lyons will be tough to contain, so Aaron Craft would likely draw the challenge of guarding him.

Forward Solomon Hill will be expected to continue to put up big numbers. He is shooting 58 percent and has averaged four rebounds per game during the tournament.

The Sweet 16 could provide the Wildcats with their first real test of the tournament. They haven't played against a great defense yet, so it will be important for them to continue to work to find open looks. 

Arizona has averaged 77.5 points and won by an average of 20 points per game through two games in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes don't allow a ton of points. Before their first game of the tournament, the Buckeyes hadn't allowed an opponent to top 60 points in eight games.

In order to advance to the Elite Eight, Arizona will have to continue its hot shooting. 


*All stats are from ESPN.com



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