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Thanks for the numbers Catburger. I don't think it's so much that they're relying on it as they're just more comfortable (particularly Lyons). Getting the ball inside more has been an issue for UA all season. Tarczewski has only taken 8 percent of the team's shots and, with the efficiency he's had lately, you'd think that number should rise.
UCLA looked really really good on Sunday at USC and appears to be more together chemistry-wise. Very hard to say because UCLA has great talent but UA has more depth. But since I picked UCLA to win the conference, I'll stick with that...Bruins win, though not as easily as they did at McKale.
Those are more specific questions than he's shed light on. But I do know he's concerned about wasted fouls, particularly by Ashley.
It can't hurt but Gordon may be just a one and done guy so he probably won't care too much who's going to be the point guard in 2014-15. It does help in the sense that it is showing that Arizona is getting a lot of the top guys in the West, that there is "momentum" so to speak...
As of now, I'd probably say Arizona gets a 3 maybe a 4 and UCLA probably 7 or 8. But there's still plenty of time for that to change. UA could still be anywhere between a 2 and a 5.
I think it's the speed of the game mostly. It's just not easy for a guy that big to deal with the huge increase in quickness around the basket. UA has had some big guys never make that adjustment. ... Also i think that not getting the ball has hurt his confidence, and added to the pressure he feels when he does get it. It's sort of a negative loop; guys lose confidence in him, he loses confidence and feels he must convert every time he gets the ball. But the trend has gotten better lately. He's shooting 71 percent in his last three games.
If they win their last three games they will likely win the title outright because Oregon still has to make the Colorado-Utah trip and may still be without Dominic Artis. But if Ducks happen to win their three remaining games, they'd get the No. 1 Pac-12 Tournament seed because they beat UA. As far as the NCAA tournament seeds, I think UA could be a 2 if it wins out in the regular season title and gets to the Pac-12 Tournament final.
Hey Shabazz. How's the eye? I think the Pac can get six in if things play out right: UA, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Stanford and Colorado. I don't think the committee views it by "hey the pac-12 is too lousy to have six" but instead looks at each team individually and the fact is that the Bay area teams and Colorado have bubble-type credentials right now. also don't forget the field is 68 now. two of them could even go to Dayton.
I think they've shown lately they could be out in the first weekend or, if they get on a roll and have favorable matchups, get to the Final Four. It's just that kind of team. Obviously, though, if they face a lot of zone and/or get stuck depending on 3s that's not a good sign. I think Miller is concerned about their defense in part because he knows this team cannot depend on its offense. However, I think they'll be much more motivated defensively the rest of the way than they were against WSU.
I don't think so but media aren't allowed to watch practice at UA so I don't know for sure. They just have to be patient against the zone, get Parrom playing well (he's been inconsistent), and shoot well (which has also been inconsistent). I agree they will face more zone from the teams who have that in their systems (or from teams such as Cal that have the ability to pull it out of nowhere...) I've actually been a bit surprised UA hasn't seen more zones from Pac-12 teams. Remember how they struggled even against Southern Miss?
Seem to hear this comment a lot. Here's the deal (not my opinion, just the facts): UA's intercollegiate athletics department is self-supporting except for scholarship fee waivers and some utility costs. It generates money from tickets, TV/radio, sponsorships, etc. and is generally paying market value for its coaches. You could argue that Sean Miller is actually earning under market value based on the fact that he could have made more if he'd taken jobs at NC State or Maryland. UA chooses to be in this market. Fans who buy tickets and watch TV propel UA to make the decision to be in this market. Some argue that intercollegiate athletics should give money to the university's general fund but that is rare. in most cases the leftover money supports the non-revenue sports (which is every sport except men's basketball and football at most schools).
MCAT -- you're right but UA always lists players with shoes on so you can always subtract 1 - 1 1/2 inches. That's why they "shrink" during the NBA measurements. I'd guess Nick is maybe 6 1 1/2.
Not really my place to make that judgment as the beat writer. But this is the first time he's had so much young talent all at the same time so it's actually challenging in the sense that he's trying to develop guys up front when they're not getting the ball very often. I think him not taking the Maryland job was a sign he is in it for the long haul but things can always change (ie if he gets tired of the scrutiny here, UA administration changes, etc).
I thought entering the season that one of the freshman bigs would blow up and leave but as of now that's not looking to be the case. Somebody asked me on Twitter if Ashley would transfer and I can't imagine he would because guys at his level don't want to waste a year sitting out -- they'll just turn pro. Chol and Gabe York seem content enough to stay, as long as they continue to get some opportunity, but Jordin Mayes could leave the way his situation has become -- but it's not often that guys transfer and sit one year to play one (though that has worked out very well for Larry Drew II...)
I don't think you'll see a drastically different game plan, no. As we all know Miller's defense isn't going to change -- he just wants them to play better. I'm sure UA will tweak some things offensively but I believe that the staff feels that the first UCLA game was something of an aberration because guys were just missing easy shots early and losing confidence -- not that they were playing the game the wrong way.
Also keep in mind that UA is a better road team than at home ... it should be a closer game Saturday.
I think everyone would agree with that. Miller went out of his way to mention that specific play so he was definitely encouraged. Obviously you don't want to waste his advantages inside by encouraging him to pass often but that was a key situation to do it. A very subtle indication that Tarczewski is improving.
Yes UA basketball has made that kind of money for a long time. It makes much more now that the Pac-12 media deals are kicking in, too.
The reason he went to eight: He didn't trust Gabe York defensively and felt the three freshmen bigs were just that much better than Chol, so those two guys all but slid out of the rotation. Both of those things have slightly changed since then. Also York was easier to sit out because he does not play point guard and only plays shooting guard -- where there is Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom and Jordin Mayes also available.
Anderson has been disappointing from the perimeter but I think Drew has proven he'll make you pay if you back off him. Won't know much more about Travis Wear til tomorrow.
It's February. I wouldn't put too much stock into anything about next year at this point. That said, I do think Aaron Gordon can make a significant impact wherever he goes. And if UA does return everybody and pick him up they will likely be preseason top 5. (and some may find faith in what Lute Olson always said, that "the biggest improvement is between a players' freshman and sophomore seasons..." )
On that note, I've gotta go. The Wednesday game and travel is forcing UA to call a press conference today instead of tomorrow. Thanks for reading and asking questions.