SALT LAKE CITY – The Arizona Wildcats have reached their third Sweet 16 in the past five seasons.
Cold-shooting Harvard stumbled early by missing its first 13 shots and never recovered while the Wildcats won 74-51 to earn a trip to Los Angeles for the West Regional semifinals.
Sixth-seeded UA (27-7) will now face the winner of Sunday’s Ohio State-Iowa State game at the Staples Center, the former home of the Pac-12 Tournament and in the heart of UA’s sizable Southern California fan base.
Harvard’s season ended at 20-10.
Mark Lyons led the Wildcats offensively by tying his career high of 27 points while Solomon Hill had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The only concern for the Wildcats on Sunday was the health of forward Grant Jerrett, who hurt his right elbow after attempting a layup early in the game.
Jerrett was taken to the locker room for an examination and initially returned with ice on his elbow. He then came out to watch the second half with a brace on his elbow and did not bend it.
Officials stopped the game early in the second half after Kevin Parrom hit Kiyani Chambers while defending the pass. Parrom hit Chambers in the mouth, and Parrom cut his right elbow on the play, but no flagrant foul was called.
The Wildcats led by 22 points with three minutes left in the second half and by up to 25 toward the end of the game, even though they lost Jerrett to injury and Parrom and Brandon Ashley to foul outs.
In the first half, the Crimson had some early good looks at the basket but missed everything they took until Siyani Chambers hit a three-pointer with 12:16 left in the half. By then, UA led 17-5, and stayed ahead by double digits the rest of the half.
Harvard finished shooting 25 percent from the field and made just 1 of 7 three-pointers after entering the game shooting 40.3 percent from three-point range. UA shot 58.3 percent, with Hill (12 points) and Lyons (11) leading the Wildcats in scoring.