Is it Time to Panic if You Are an Arizona Wildcats Fan?
It’s about time the Pac-12 figured out the Arizona Wildcats. The last three games for the Wildcats have been less than stellar for the No. 2 team in the country: a three-point win over the Stanford Cardinal, a two-point loss to the Cal Bears and most recently a two-point win at home against the Oregon Ducks.
The last two games have been tough to measure for coach Sean Miller’s Wildcats after losing Brandon Ashley for the season with a foot injury. The game against the Ducks was the first one without Ashley, and they struggled to score — a common in the three close games that were mentioned. Ashley’s replacement, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, had a 14 point, 10 rebound performance in his first start of the season, giving the Wildcats hope that this injury will not hurt them like Spencer Dinwiddie’s did for the Colorado Buffaloes.
The Wildcats simply need to shoot better from behind the arc and give the ball to Aaron Gordon on slashing cuts. As a team in the last three games, Arizona is 12-for-41 from three, resulting in a 29 percent clip. It all starts with Nick Johnson; he cannot go into hero mode and try to shoot a jumper every single time down the court. At times he does that and the Wildcats’ offense goes stagnant.
Gordon’s last three games have been brutal: five, eight and six points while shooting 8-for-29 from the floor. It almost looks as if he’s playing out of position which very well might be the case. He’s a rebound machine and a great defender, but his offense has been bad during this poor stretch of games for the Wildcats.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII