While it wasn't the best offensive performance Arizona has turned out this season, the Wildcats dominated the Cougars for 40 minutes to improve to 14-0 on the season. Here were the main takeaway points from the 60-25 win.
In his most recent press conference, Sean Miller emphasized the need for the team to not lose their defensive identity this season the way they did last year. While it's not exactly like Washington State will be competing for a Sweet 16 nod in March, it was very promising start on the defensive end from the Wildcats.
There's no real way to spin those offensive woes into a positive, though there are two caveats to keep in mind. This was UA's first game in nearly 10 days, and with the holidays sending most of the guys away from campus, there was bound to be a little rust. There was also the issue of WSU eating nearly 30 seconds off the shot clock before getting most of its shots up on the other end, which really limited the number of possessions on offense.
Kaleb Tarczewski was arguably the MVP of the game, scoring a team-high 11 points. More important, Zeus' ankle looked healthy. He had no problems getting up and down the floor, and while we'll need to see how he handles the quick turnaround against Washington, he would appear to be fine moving forward.
No one really expects Mayes to be anything more than an 8th man right now, but if he can fill that roll on the nights McConnell and Johnson are gassed, he'll be a valuable piece moving forward.