Confidence is Lacking in the Arizona Wildcats
The Arizona Wildcats (23-6, 11-6 Pac 12) are going through a little losing streak at the moment. While losing two games in a row (Four out of their last seven to be even more exact) is normally not hugely alarming, doing so towards the end of the year is not the best way to build momentum heading into the postseason.
Sophomore Nick Johnson isn’t alarmed. In fact, he just thinks that the Wildcats need to find their “swagger” again, and he isn’t completely off-base. Arizona didn’t all of a sudden become a bad team or forget how to play basketball.
Johnson isn’t alone in his swagger theory — as senior Kevin Parrom said, “That swagger has to come back in order for us to win some games, and it’s coming. I’d rather go through what we’re going through now than in the NCAA tournament or in [Las] Vegas [for the Pac-12 tournament] … Every team goes through this, and it’s just a matter of fighting through.”
However head coach Sean Miller does think he knows what is going on and it has nothing to do with swagger. Miller, obviously not well-gamed in the world of swagger, thinks Arizona’s trouble stems from bad defense. I will have to side with Miller’s theory as to the swagger idea. In the Wildcats’ two losses, their opponents averaged shooting a shade under .600 percent from the floor. Letting opposing teams make more than half their shots is far more harmful than not playing with enough swag.
Luckily for the Wildcats, they have one more game left in the season to fix their defense and find their swagger before postseason play begins.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone