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.
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.
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.