This isn't new. Teams go through "low" points. Usually low points involve losses, but for Arizona, we've simply been under performing but have been able to escape with W's, which is what the sport is all about.
A team can go in 2 directions at this point. They either turn things around, or are never quite able to gather themselves. Historically, Arizona has been one of the best at turning low points into success. Think about how many times an Arizona team has had a rough loss and gone on a nice hot streak. Typically, this kind of play is led by someone stepping up.
So, I pose this question. Who on Arizona's team will answer the call and really take the next leap? We know that Parrom, Solo, and Lyons are key players. As Seniors, we EXPECT them to always play well and rely on them. I'm talking about everyone else... I'm mostly talking about the freshmen that make that "click" and get it. And about Nick who was starting to put on a really spectacular year, but has lost a bit of his touch.
Anyway, here's the options...
Brandon Ashley - The guy is a total gamer, but the only consistent thing about him is his MPG. He'll get anything from 2 to 11 rebs and 0 to 20 points. In the last two games alone, in the EXACT same amount of minutes, he went from 0 and 3 to 11 and 4, the later being especially impressive given the pace of the game. He was the lone truly "good" player besides Solo in that game. I doubt Ashley becomes wildly consistent for the Cats, but he's got a great chance. And if he can learn to stay focused, then Ashley could EASILY become a terror all over the court.
Grant Jerrett - Just like Brandon, Grant has brought some great inconsistency. USUALLY though, Grant is a little more stable at the expense of being a little less dynamic. He had a solid 10 and 6 vs CU, but a WTF 0 and 2 vs Utah. Granted (pun intended), he also was kept out of a lot of the Utah game (16 mins), probably as a result of his poor rebounding and an off shooting night (0-4). If Grant were able to figure out his stroke and really own the boards on defense, he'd be a special player for us. He's shown glimpses of really incredible play. Add some fire to his pot and I bet we'll get a whole new player. He started so strong, and I just get a feeling like he could really take off at any time.
Kaleb Tarczewski - As per the theme of the bigs, Zeus has been a bit inconsistent. However, his inconsistent play has been limited entirely to his rebounding. How can a 7 footer have 13 rebs one day and two days later get 0... Not sure, but it is what it is. As a scorer though, Zeus has only had less than 4 points once and more than 8 once (10). So it would seem that Zeus is a guy that could easily just keep making gradual improvements and help to anchor other inconsistencies. If his hands could only just get a little stronger.... I doubt he busts out, but hopefully he just keeps making steps in the right direction.
Nick Johnson - I almost didn't even want to put Nick here, but I think it's important to recognize how important his play is for us. For Nick, the real question is can he get back into his rhythm? Did he start the season over performing? Is he ready to really solidify his game and bring it all together? I doubt he hits a wall like last year. He by no means has been "bad" for us lately, but shooting 20% over the last 3 games is just unacceptable. You just get the feeling that he's in his own head too much. If he can relax and enjoy some ball, I think we all know he can get back on track.