It’s not a case of if Arizona is going to get manhandled by certain teams; it’s a case of how much.
“Tonight,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said after a 71-60 loss to Gonzaga in Seattle, “was the most we’ve been manhandled.”
Gonzaga’s big front line dominated from the start. The Bulldogs led 22-4. They had 16 offensive rebounds. They got 25 points and eight rebounds from power forward Elias Harris. They forced Miller to play big most of the game, scrapping his three-guard lineup after falling into a familiar early hole.
This is Miller’s conundrum: He doesn’t have a roster in which all the parts fit together.
If he wants to go big with a “true” center, still-raw freshman Angelo Chol and junior Kyryl Natyzhko don’t offer much in the way of scoring. If he wants to go small with more scoring potential, he doesn’t have much in way of a rebounder — at least against a team like Gonzaga.
“With certain lineups on the court, we’re really struggling to rebound,” Miller said on his postgame radio show on KCUB 1290-AM. “With other lineups, sometimes we’re struggling to score.”
What is Miller to do?