The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/24/11 — Derrick Williams
With superstars like Nolan Smith, Kyrie Irving, and Kyle Singler leading a star-studded Duke line-up, not many people were giving the Arizona Wildcats a chance during their Sweet 16 battle last night in Anaheim. That didn’t seem to scare the Pac-10’s only remaining team. Instead, it motivated them, and no Wildcat player was more motivated than forward Derrick Williams.
Williams showed everyone last night why he deserved to be in the same discussion with the likes of Smith, Nolan and Singler when talking about the nation’s best players, as the sophomore recorded 32 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. His impressive performance would lead the Wildcats to the 93-77 blowout victory over the number-one ranked Blue Devils.
With the win, Arizona will now face off against another one of the nation’s top players in UConn’s Kemba Walker, who had an impressive game of his own last night against San Diego State. The Wildcats will need their superstar to shine brightest Saturday night if they hope to make it to the Final Four for the first time since 2001. For now, Williams earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, March 24, 2011.