Busting Brackets

Arizona Basketball: 3 flaws that will inevitably take down the Wildcats

TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 21: Deandre Ayton
TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 21: Deandre Ayton /
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TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 21: Deandre Ayton
TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 21: Deandre Ayton /

It may seem like another down year for basketball in the Pac-12, but Arizona basketball’s sense of security is derailed by a plethora of flaws.

Arizona basketball has won three of the past four Pac-12 regular-season titles and two of the past three Pac-12 tournaments. They have arguably — after Allonzo Trier outplayed Reid Travis down the stretch on Saturday — the two best players in the conference in Trier and DeAndre Ayton. After gutting out a win at Stanford, the Wildcats stand alone atop the Pac-12.

All is well in Tucson, right?

Not exactly. As evidenced by that list of accolades, this is a familiar position to be in as an Arizona fan. But despite DeAndre Ayton being the best recruit in program history, this year scares Arizona fans more than most.

Needless to say, there have been some disappointments in the Sean Miller era. Arizona should have handled Xavier. The same could be said of their first-round loss to Wichita State the year before that. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Tucson native myself. As you can imagine, I bear this pain on a personal level). 

Admittedly, us Arizona fans complaining about a lack of tournament success is peak first-world basketball problems. Sean Miller has brought two Sweet Sixteens and three Elite Eights in the past seven seasons. But hey, college hoops fans are supposed to be irrational.

Here are the three fatal flaws that we all know will inevitably take Arizona down: