Three reasons why Arizona can win the title

Last week we took a look at three issues holding Arizona back. However, the Wildcats also have plenty going for them. Read on to see three reasons why Arizona can win the title.

Arizona has hit its stride in the closing months of the regular season and with the recent sweep of Colorado and Utah, the Wildcats have clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title.

As of now, Arizona is likely headed toward a two seed. However, regardless of seeding, the Wildcats are one of the most talented teams in college basketball, they have hit their stride at the right time, and will be one of the most dangerous teams in the field.

Here are three reasons explaining why Arizona has a great chance of winning the national championship.

Ability to Score

Arizona scores nearly 75 points per game and for a team that is synonymous with defense, it can certainly pick the pace up and score in bunches.

Transition offense and the ability to score inside have been key for the Wildcats, as they are scoring more than one point per possession in each category.

Sure there have been lapses in the past week or so, but this is a team that has generally been better than that on offense more often than not.

Depth:

Miller has the ability to mix and match his lineups, a luxury that a lot of coaches wish they had. His stellar recruiting effort has given his program the ability to be competitive.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Gabe York, Dusan Ristic and Elliott Pitts give the Pac-12 leading Wildcats a capable nine-man rotation.

Jackson-Cartwright and Ristic have displayed flashes of excellence multiple times throughout the year and the freshman pair has been able to deliver when called on.

York and Pitts have been Miller’s reliable sharpshooters. With the way York has been playing as of late, Arizona is considerably better. If he is able to keep it up into March, Arizona's bench becomes that much more dangerous.

Stingy on Defense:

Finding holes in a Miller-designed defense is a tall task. The most intimidating thought about this team’s defensive ability is that it lost two of the best individual defenders in Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon. Arizona may not seem like it is as good on defense as it was last season, but the potential to be better is certainly there.

Opposing teams have had trouble initiating the pick-and-roll with the ball-handler. Arizona is holding teams to 33 percent from the field in P&R situations with a turnover percentage of 22.7 percent.

Granted, that is a small sample size of what a defense is, but it speaks volumes to the focus and tenacity on the defensive end.


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