Dec 15, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) dribbles to the basket as Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) defends during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Basketball Concerns???

The Arizona basketball team is off to a great start this season after a wild victory over San Diego State on Christmas Day.  The Wildcats have big victories over San Diego State, Florida, and Miami amongst others on the season.  The team is ranked 3rd in the Nation, but their is room for concern in Tucson.

 So why should Wildcat fans be concerned? 

It is easy to nit pick right now, and for some that are reading this, this blog may seem to be a writer nit picking a pretty amazing team.  For me, I see concern for the team moving forward.  The concern is minor, but could become major if certain players don’t progress as quickly as was expected.  The concern is for the Freshman big men.  Both Tarczewski and Jarrett have been struggling defensively, and with the speed of division 1 basketball.  In partcular Tarczewski has been taken out (either by fouls or by lack of giving quality minutes) in too many of the teams recent games.  “Zeus” is struggling to defend without fouling, struggling to catch passes, and struggling to keep the ball up high when attacking the rim.  Jarret is having some of the same struggles, but it is not as glaring as the issues with Tarczewski.  These issues have forced Coach Miller to go with a samll lineup more than anyone would have expected this season.

The bottom line is that the team is in great shape, and Wildcat Nation understands that these guys are freshmen.  They will get better as the season goes on, but anyone who is really close to the Cats did not expect these kinds of struggles to be here at this point of the season.  The team looks too much like last years team when Tarczewski and Jarrett aren’t on the floor and we all know how last season ended.

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