3. Arizona Wildcats
Halfway through a matchup with No. 1 Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, the Arizona Wildcats looked like not only a Pac-12 contender but a dark-horse come March.
However, after leading 45-37 at the break, the optimism came to a screeching halt, as the Bulldogs dominated the second half and later won 91-74.
The silver lining for head coach Sean Miller’s squad?
The play of Justin Coleman. The senior guard led the team with 28 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line and shot a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe.
After going toe-to-toe with one of the nation’s best teams, the Wildcats then struggled to compete with a talented Auburn team, losing 73-57. The low scoring output in the game shows a much deeper problem for U of A.
The Wildcats currently average just over 75 points per game, putting them at 171st in the nation. This problem stems from a lack of depth, as four starters make up a large chunk of the scoring.
After the 1-2 showing in Maui, the Wildcats have a chance to rebound against Georgia Southern and later Connecticut.