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The Arizona Wildcats offense is the biggest factor in their resurgence to being one of the top teams in college basketball, as their playmakers have put up points without hesitation. Their defense isn't so shabby either!
What do the Wildcats do the best that separates them from everyone else?
Scott Coleman, SB Nation Arizona: I'd say they shoot the ball better than just about everyone else in the conference. As a team, Arizona is hitting 46 percent of their field goal attempts, 39 percent of their threes and make 76 percent of their free throws.
According to Kenpom, UA leads the Pac-12 in offensive efficiency and ranks 13th in the nation. There have been stretches of stagnant play due to a lack of a true point guard, but for the most part, scoring has come pretty easy for the Wildcats.
Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Desert Swarm: Arizona's biggest change from last season to this is obviously the size in the middle with the young big men, but that's allowed the perimeter defense to improve dramatically as well. With some length behind them, Nick Johnson, Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill (and their backups) really can put ball pressure on opponents without worrying if it's overly aggressive. Now, that defense has slipped a bit lately, but when the Wildcats are on -- see the final minutes of their close victories and even the loss to Oregon -- and it's no secret it's their best asset.
Adam Butler, Pac Hoops & Pacific Takes: Close out ball games. The proof is in the pudding there but it's an unsustainable model as they found out in Eugene. As far as tangible basketball skills go, the Wildcats shoot the hell out of the basketball. They lead the conference in eFG% and stroke it at a 38% clip from beyond the arc. This is particularly effective because they shoot 38% of their shots from distance.