Casey Sapio-US PRESSWIRE
Sean Miller's team struggling in the first game of the year, but the Arizona Wildcats got back to attack mode against UTEP and Long Beach State.
The Arizona Wildcats needed a late spurt to squeeze out a victory against Charleston Southern, and it was a credit to the Buccaneers' spreading of the floor that got the UA big men out of the game. That helped CSU beat the Wildcats on the rebounding department as well.
And on the other end, Charleston Southern sunk in the lane and forced 32 three-point shots out of 60 total. In comparison, the Wildcats got to the free throw time only 22 times.
So against both UTEP and Long Beach State, both of which were blowouts, the Wildcats got back to Sean Miller basketball. They attacked the interior on offense and had an easier time handling teams that matched up better in the interior.
Rebounding margins were won by 21 against the Miners and 17 against the 49ers, far and away better than being outrebouded 34-31 by a small-ball Charleston Southern team.
So the key for this season, at least so far, would be to watch the three-point attempt to free throw attempt ratio. The latter being greater than the former, as it has been the past two games, is an easy formula for victory.Sean Miller's team struggling in the first game of the year, but the Arizona Wildcats got back to attack mode against UTEP and Long Beach State.