DeAndre Ayton scored 25 points in 26 minutes to lead Arizona to an 83-53 victory over North Dakota State late Monday that extended the Wildcats’ winning streak to six games. So Sean Miller’s team is now 9-3 on the season, which isn’t great. But things sure seem a lot better these days than they did last month when Arizona lost to NC State, SMU and Purdue in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Rawle Alkins being healthy obviously helps.
The sophomore guard has played in Arizona’s past three games and is averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. He’s among the reasons the Wildcats are ranked 19th in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). They play UConn this weekend. Then, on Dec. 30, they’ll host Arizona State — which is 10-0 and No. 2 in the Top 25 (and one) — in a massive game at the McKale Center.