The Wildcats knew exactly what they had to do in order to win the game and failed miserably at doing it.
The Golden Bears completely revolve around perimeter play and it looked as if the UA was not ready for it. Allowing Cal to shoot threes is inexcusable and although some of them were in transition, it is hard to beat a team when most of its looks are open.
Arizona's offense, on the other hand, looked lost. Yes, Nic Wise was among the top scorers in the game, but he often seemed out of control. Some of the shots that went in were reckless and there were numerous times that he settled for the long jumper instead of running the offense.
The UA is not good enough to shoot quickly in the clock and hope to defend. It needs to work its way through the offense and come up with the best scoring chance it can, something that Wise's approach to the game has not allowed Arizona to do.
Chase Budinger is going to get much of the blame and at this point, it is hard to blame people for doing so. In his last three games he is shooting 8-40, which is obviously not good enough to win basketball games let along be drafted.
In fact, if Arizona fans want a positive, it may be that these stretch of games is making it harder and harder for Budinger to declare early, although it can obviously change by the end of the season. The problem here is that Arizona relies on Budinger, so he has no choice but to keep shooting.
On Friday, Arizona realized what it is going to take to win Pac-10 games. It is going to take a better mental approach, a sound game overall, and at least one other player stepping up. All of these things are easier said than done, but this season is going to be a long one if there are not some type of changes.
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