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As a former college point guard, and a wizard with the basketball in his hands as a kid, this aspect of the Wildcats' game must frustrate Sean Miller more than most.
Arizona's guards' ballhandling abilities are not always a sure thing, mainly due to lack of experience with that role. And this is often the key issue in the aforementioned turnover problem.
Take Mark Lyons, who is in the conversation as Arizona's best player right now.
He's a score-first point guard with a deft three-point stroke, top-shelf explosion toward the basket and an aggressive streak that is contagious on a team that was often too mellow in 2011-12.
He's averaging 12.3 points per game, he was hitting nearly 48 percent of his shots beyond the arc before Tuesday's clunker against Southern Miss (he went 0-for-7 from the field) and over 90 percent of his free throws. Scoring-wise, he's one of Arizona's primary options.
But this is Lyons' first time as the primary ballhandler, after playing the off-guard role at Xavier, with Tu Holloway owning that PG slot during his tenure in Cincinnati.
At times, that's emerged as an issue, with Lyons currently totaling more turnovers (18) than assists (14).
Off-guard Nick Johnson has proven himself as a steady handler, but not necessarily a press-breaking dribbler.
And Jordin Mayes, thought to be one of the program's best with the ball entering the year, has looked shaky at in this aspect times, with an assist-to-turnover ratio hovering just over one.
Against Texas Tech, while the Wildcats ultimately cruised, they had several first-half adventures getting the ball up court efficiently against the Red Raiders' full-court pressure defense. Against superior teams to Tech, those adventures become points against.