Game Notes: UA vs. UCLA

Arizona lost to UCLA 71-49 on Saturday, as the game was never in doubt and the Wildcats looked plain awful.

Arizona lost to UCLA 71-49 on Saturday, as the game was never in doubt and the Wildcats looked plain awful.

  • Arizona shot 31 percent from the field and picked the worst possible week to completely lose any sense of offensive rhythm.

    The Wildcats could not hit from three, missed numerous easy shots, and were forced into difficult ones as well. UCLA gets a lot of credit for its defensive effort, but Arizona did not help it at all, despite taking care of the ball for the most part.

  • Arizona's interior defense was invisible, as Reeves Nelson went for 27 points and 16 rebounds, only missing three shots from the field.

    Anybody familiar with the way that Nelson has played against Arizona knew that he was going to have a good game, but Saturday was ridiculous. Nelson acted as point guard a few times, successfully taking it into the lane from behind the arc.

    Whenever Arizona had an opportunity to cut the lead down, the defense failed to make enough consecutive stops from giving it a chance. If Arizona is going to make some sort of tournament run, its defense is going to have to improve dramatically.

    UCLA's starting guards combined for five points and Arizona still got blown out because it simply could not control the pain at all.

  • Derrick Williams rebounded nicely from a poor game Thursday to have 15 points and seven rebounds, but he can't do it himself.

    Arizona's other four starters shot 7-27 from the field and the best player off the bench was Kevin Parrom, with five points.

    Teams are going to continue to focus on Williams in hopes of forcing other players on Arizona to step up and the more that happens, the less confidence there is going to be in Arizona's chances to win.

  • Arizona was outrebounded 38-23 and it's just another sign of the Wildcats not doing enough to win. Any time a team gets outrebounded by so much, winning will be difficult. Mix that with a poor shooting night and it is obviously a recipe for disaster.

  • Arizona's season is not over by any means, but this week is going to be huge. The Wildcats are going to need to win both games and hope that UCLA loses one. It's not the way Arizona wanted a chance at the conference title, but the week's poor performances have forced the situation.

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