Deandre Ayton Declares for 2018 NBA Draft After Loss to Buffalo

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The Pac-12 Player of the Year only had four shot attempts in the first 16 minutes minutes of the second half and six the entire half as Arizona couldn't find a way to involve college basketball's most dominant interior player. He missed two games after he was suspended for a second failed drug test. Trier originally missed 19 games last season for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Or, to put it another way, it went from the arrest and eventual firing of an assistant coach ... all the way to this result, cheered loudly throughout Taco Bell Arena on Thursday: No. 13 seed Buffalo 89, No. 4 seed Arizona 68. "And it's been through some of those obstacles that we've had to overcome".

"This is the only team I actually loved", Ayton said. "A lot of lesser programs, teams, universities would have crumbled and we didn't".

This season, Arizona hadn't been beaten this badly since it lost 89-64 to Purdue in the Battle 4 Atlantis seventh-place game on November 24.

DID YOU KNOW: Buffalo's 21-point win over Arizona is the second-highest margin of victory by a No. 13 seed, matching Siena in its win over Vanderbilt in 2008.

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Arizona appears to be peaking at the right time. That finished his career with a total of 24 double-doubles, a UA season record, but it was, of course, a hollow statistic.

"But my guys were telling me that their guards were always behind me, that somebody was always under me", Ayton said.

"Just a little bit", Ayton said of his frustration level. In the postgame locker room, freshman center Deandre Ayton and junior guard Allonzo Trier wasted no time to officially declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. The Bulls are trying to become the first MAC school to reach the Sweet 16 since OH in 2012. The Wildcats' third leading scorer, Rawle Alkins, is expected to announce his intention to leave early as well.

The player who vowed to get Sean Miller to a Final Four was realizing he couldn't fulfil his promise.

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