The No. 9 Arizona Wildcats would’ve had a chance at the No. 1 ranking if they could’ve held off California at home last night. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Allen Crabbe had a career game for the Golden Bears and led his team to a road victory over the top 10 Arizona Wildcats.
A good thing about the Wildcats being unable to win last night is that they are not No. 1 this week because at this point in the year, the No. 1 ranked team doesn’t know how to win. That isn’t as important though as how poorly Arizona played last night. Against Cal, the Wildcats looked nothing like a top 10 team in the country and the front runners in the PAC 12 conference.
Defense was a major concern last night and that is usually not the case for Sean Miller’s team. Crabbe was able to get any shot he wanted and that led to him scoring a game high 31 points. He was 12-15 from the field and 4-7 from behind the arc to go along with 5 assists. When a player is shooting 80% from the field, how can you not guard him? Maybe the Wildcats just can’t handle guarding talented guards like Crabbe because he seemed to get whatever he wanted.
Not only did Crabbe have 31 points, but his teammate, Justin Cobbs had 21 on 8-14 shooting. Cobbs and Crabbe basically beat Arizona by themselves as they shot a combined 20-29 from the field for 52 of the teams 77 points. The Wildcats failed to shut them down and it cost them the game and possibly their chance at a conference championship as they no longer control their own destiny.
The Wildcats did not help themselves on offense by only shooting 39%, but you are not going to win games when you allow your opponent to shot 58.8% from the field.
Arizona needs to use this loss as a lesson and learn from it. Arizona wants to win National Championship and they have the caliber, but they can’t be losing at home to unranked opponents like Cal.