Arizona’s formula in beating Duke is what it wants to use all season.
Balanced scoring, multiple shut-down defenders, unselfish and versatile players.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats placed all five starters in double figures and got significant contributions Friday night from everyone in the rotation in what has become a seven-man team. Nobody scored more than 15 points. Nobody grabbed more than nine rebounds.
Just balance in a 72-66 victory over sixth-ranked Duke to win the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament in Madison Square Garden.
“We’re an all-around team,” guard Nick Johnson said in the postgame press conference. “Really you could see it in the box score. It was pretty even all the way around.”
Let’s take a look at the seven-man rotation, starting with Johnson, who was selected the MVP of the tournament: