This is one of the best discussions of Arizona's offense I have seen in awhile. It does a great job of explaining the importance of 5+ passes in each offensive possession and why Arizona struggles when that does not happen. This should give us fans a good idea of what to look for next week on the Oregon trip. It was written by Gary Randazzo of Wildcats Sports Report.
"Regarding the offense, it's predicated on the high screen out top and the on-ball screen toward the wings. Spread the floor and use the screens to force the defense to react and hopefully open up dribble penetration. It's not a complicated offense to run, per say, but it's designed to be a complicated offense for an opponent to defend. The trick though is players making the extra pass to keep the constant on-ball screens occurring over and over until a mismatch is created (i.e. center gets stuck on Lyons, or Ashley's sealing a guard on the low block). Unfortunately, as Miller has stated in several post games of late (during recent offense struggles), when you're shooting off the first or second pass Arizona's offense really has yet to kick in.
In short, every time Arizona takes a quick shot in the half court set (not transition break) they're only hurting themselves because what is a 18 footer 2 passes into the offense is usually something at the basket or a drive and kick for a wide-open 3-Pointer 5-6 passes and 2-3 on-ball screens into the offensive flow.
Arizona can run the 5-6 passes and 2-3+ screens all very quickly because the offense is designed to move, not stand around. It can lead to a lot of points if the players would just run the damn offense and make the extra pass because improved shot selection generally leads to improved shooting efficiency because guys are actually open.
**Granted, defenses play a role in stopping Arizona. Tonight, we saw Utah "sag" in their man-to-man, so it's disguised as a psuedo zone. However, Miller's complicated offense is designed to employ simple strategies that quickly help Arizona determine what defense a team is in. For example, if you run the high screen and also have the strong side wing diagonal cut to the opposite end of the floor it's very simple then for the PG coming off the high screen to determine whether or not the defense is really in a zone or actually in man-to-man because the screen and the D-Cut will either send the defense moving or keep guys standing in "their zone". Again, if Lyons makes one pass to the wing and someone shoots it, there's no way to determine what D the D is actually in."