Arizona came into the season opener vs Cal Poly as a national title contender but if they were unimpressive in their 2013-2014 debut, it didn't worry Sean Miller. "I do think that down the road we're going to be a much better team than you saw tonight", Miller stated. Arizona worked off the rust but ultimately put things together in the second half to get through the season opener with a 73-62 win over Cal Poly.
Aaron Gordon came into the season with perhaps the highest expectations of anyone on the team and he lived up to the promise in his college debut. The McDonald's All-American freshman paced the Wildcats with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, one shy of a team high. Sean Miller may not love his bench but went seven deep giving Kaleb Tarczewski 19 minutes and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 21 minutes in his college debut. Arizona eventually wore down Cal-Poly with a seven man rotation to pick up its first win of the year.
Other positives from the Wildcats in the season opener were sophomore Brandon Ashley and sophomore Gabe York who both came into last season with high praise but may not have lived up to the hype. Ashley finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, a major showing from a player who often times was hit or miss a year ago. York was 3-6 from the field for 12 points along with five rebounds to pace the Wildcats. If you were to look for a disappointment on the night look no further than Kaleb Tarczewski and his zero rebounds in 19 minutes. Say what you will about the developing sophomore but that's about as disappointing as you can expect from a player who should be a key factor to the Wildcats this year.
Lets hope Arizona can look past Cal Poly and be ready for Long Beach State on Monday.
No matter what, Arizona should be woken up.