November 14, 2007

No reason to panic after first game

There are numerous aspects of Tuesday's game to be angry about. However, there is also a necessary perspective that is needed as we analyze what we saw on Tuesday night in the Wildcats' 76-69 victory over NAU.

First off, a win is a win. Sure it may be ugly or lacking dominance, but the fact remains that the Wildcats won their first game of the season despite the numerous factors that currently have fans nervous.

With that being said, the most disappointing part of Arizona's win was the play of the frontcourt, specifically Jordan Hill. Hill seemed as if he forgot his position, as he was often found lurking on the perimeter.

Hill simply has too much talent to not utilize it and considering he can be a dominant force on the block, he needs to realize that he is maximizing his potential when he is in the post. Sure, he improved his jump shot, but it is irrelevant if he can not be effective down low.

Arizona does not have the roster that allows Hill to not play well. He needs to realize how important he is to Arizona and how much a poor effort as Tuesday's can hurt the Wildcats.

Moving on, Arizona's offense as a whole struggled. It seemed that often times, the Wildcats lacked a fluid offense. Arizona settled for too many jump shots, which may not be its strength.

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