Unselfishness continues to help Arizona

One of the main reasons why Arizona has been successful this season is because of its unselfishness. Read on to see why that has been so important and more.

It is well documented that Sean Miller's players have bought into the philosophy of unselfish team defense and it is probably the biggest reason that the Wildcats are 17-0 and off to the best start in school history.

Communication and execution have made it very difficult for opposing teams to get into any sort of rhythm or sustain any sort of prominent run against them and it remains the identity of the coach, the team, and the program.

Take Kaleb Tarczewski's performance against USC for example. He was not a big part of the offense, but you would have never known it after the game unless you checked the box score.

"Kaleb Tarczewski shot one shot and I talked to him, that is as much my fault as anyone," Sean Miller said. "There is no reason for him to play 30 minutes and only shoot one time. We should have been able to recognize that he didn't shoot the ball and been able to get him the ball a couple more times.

"But, if you watched the game, you would have never known he was out there with only one shot attempt. A year ago, you would have been able to hear him in the huddle, in the locker room, been able to see it on his face, but some of what we've experienced to this point is that unselfishness. Guys maturing, knowing that we are really trying to win and everything will take care of itself."

Recently, the environment that has been created around the defense is seeping into the way Arizona plays offense as it is getting scoring production from more places on the court.

In the last five games Arizona has had Nick Johnson, Brandon Ashley, Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski, T.J. McConnell, Gabe York and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson all reach double figures at least once and during that span there have been a couple big performances that have propelled Arizona.

Most notably, Gabe York and TJ McConnell had a couple of their best offensive games in an Arizona uniform this past week and were able to give the team another element of offense, combining with Nick Johnson for 14 three pointers on the Southern California road trip to UCLA and USC.

While that may not seem like a huge number, it more importantly opens up the court for post players like Tarczewski, Ashley, and Gordon to secure position in the paint.

This is a team that has the potential to have numerous players lead it in scoring and it is that talent and overall unselfishness that could be the difference between winning and losing a national title.


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