Arizona Wildcats Bring Great Blend of Offense to PAC-12 Basketball

By John Lloyd
TJ McConnell
Casey Sapio- USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats can score in a multitude of ways whether it be from mid-range, off the dribble, on the block or behind the arc. It seems like Arizona can get points anyway they so choose.

Having a smart guard in Nick Johnson, a stud freshman in Aaron Gordon and a true center in Kaleb Tarczewski helps coach Sean Miller to find creative ways to score points. However, against the UNLV Rebels, Gordon was a non-factor while Tarczewski and Johnson had to shoulder the load on offense. In the first half, it was a struggle to find the bottom of the rim as they only scored 39 points.

However, Johnson was not efficient from the floor. He was, at one point, 3-of-11 shooting including 2-of-7 from deep.

The efficient player was Tarczewski, he was 6-of-8 from the floor giving him 12 points to complement his eight rebounds. The Rebels did not have the size to compete against the near seven-footer.

The Wildcats struggled to find a rhythm on offense against the Rebels, but when push came to shove, they spread the wealth to their hottest player at the time. Whether that player be Tarczewski, Johnson, Gordon, T.J. McConnell or Brandon Ashley, the Wildcats found a way to score. Four starters scored 10 points or more and the one that did not was Gordon; a rarity in his high-flying game.

The Wildcats played terrible on Saturday and avoided an upset against the Rebels. Good teams find ways to win, and the Wildcats did just that. Even without their best player, Gordon (2-of-10 from the floor), providing an impact, the Wildcats found enough offense to win the game.

This win was a call to action to coach Miller’s Wildcats as they won on their home court as they played stingy defense down the stretch when their shots were not falling. On the day, the Wildcats shot only 41 percent from the floor and only took eight free throws, making four of them — it was like there was a lid on the hoop for Arizona.

Arizona beat the Rebels 63-58 and will be the No. 1 ranked team in the country with their win by using a scoring-by-committee approach on offense and stingy, aggressive defense.

John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII.

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