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Arizona Basketball: 5 Biggest Questions Wildcats Face in Pac-12 Stretch Run
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The Arizona Wildcats (20-3, 8-3 Pac-12) suffered another home loss on Sunday, this time to the Cal Bears. The Bears (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) came into the game winners of two of their last three games, including knocking off the No. 10 Oregon Ducks, 58-54.

The Wildcats reached the 20-win plateau on Wednesday while celebrating the 40th anniversary of playing in the McKale Center. Once again, they struggled out of the gates and allowed Stanford to score 10 straight points. They trailed up until there was only 8:27 left in the game. The teams volleyed back and forth, and almost on cue, the 'Cats finally pulled away in the final minutes.

How many times will this style of play work?

We found out the answer on Sunday night. Arizona once again came out flat, missing three of their first four attempts and committing a turnover to fall quickly to a 6-2 deficit. They led by as much as nine points in the first half, but only led by five at the half. They opened up the second half colder than the first, missing 7-of-8 from the field. 

They trailed by seven with 15:07 remaining and knew they needed to switch into overdrive sooner rather than later. They were able to scratch back within two points with 2:05 remaining, and it seemed like their 2-minute offensive strategy was back in play.

Until it wasn't. They missed their final six shots including two from beyond the arc. The Bears emerged victorious and now carry the title of "Dragon Slayers."

At 20-3 and still sharing the Pac-12 lead with Oregon and UCLA, is there need for concern in Tucson or is this just par for the course with all the other top teams losing as well?

Here are the five burning questions as the Wildcats stare down their final seven games.

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