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Watching the Washington game on Thursday night was one of the more painful things I have done lately. It was like 40 minutes of Rosanne singing the national anthem. The Super Bowl blackout was much more enjoyable. At least then I got to see more very expensive commercials and Steve Tasker, reminding me of this.
There were 34 turnovers. Arizona shot 35 percent from the field; Washington shot less than 37 percent. Washington made one three and finished shooting eight percent from beyond the arc.
Arizona shot 3-of-18. To display the "nails down the chalk board" feeling of this game, for several long stretches, Aziz N'Diaye was the best player on the court. For those who have never seen N'Diaye play, this should never, never, ever happen.
While Arizona's offense hasn't been that bad the whole year, it has bogged down at several key points. There has been trouble in the start against UCLA, the middle 20 minutes of the game against Oregon, much of the game against Southern Miss and San Diego State.
Every time it looks like the Wildcats are starting to get into a rhythm like they did against USC, a game like Washington happens. If it were early in the season, this would be passed off as rust and new-player adjustment, but it's February.
As the season winds down, the Wildcats need to do more on the offensive side of the ball. As I wrote last week, offensively inefficient teams do not win championships.
With all the talent on the team, the Wildcats should be much better than the mediocre on-court performances they have displayed all season. The turnovers need to stop. The bad shots need to stop. And for goodness sake, feed Kaleb Tarczewski the ball.