Arizona Basketball: 5 Lessons Learned from the Loss to UCLA

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Arizona Basketball: 5 Lessons Learned from the Loss to UCLA
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The UCLA Bruins and Arizona Wildcats put on a good show on a national stage Saturday night. With millions watching on ESPN, the game was fast-paced, star-studded, intense and exciting.

UCLA, behind the stellar play of Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Larry Drew II, proved to be a bit too much for Arizona. The Bruins drove the Wildcats to yet another loss late in the Pac-12 season.

The game had many implications. UCLA, after starting the season slow and looking overrated, now are a solid team squarely in the hunt for the Pac-12 crown. In contrast, what seemed to be a foregone conclusion to start the season, that the Wildcats would win the Pac-12, is now all but lost. With Arizona at 11-6 in the conference and reeling after its fourth loss in seven games, this game was a reality check for Arizona.

There were also lessons learned. As the Wildcats try to regroup for the upcoming matchup with ASU, here is what the game with UCLA taught us and how it can be used for the rest of the season.

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