Arizona and coach Adia Barnes have seen a season of promise go through a rough patch as the team has lost two out of its last three games to No. 1 Stanford 81-54 and unranked Washington State 71-69 in overtime causing them to drop from No. 7 to No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 rankings.
During the tough stretch, Arizona has gone through shooting slumps, making 19 percent of its shots from the field during the first half against Stanford and 11 percent in the fourth quarter against Washington State.
Arizona will have a challenging home series against No. 10 Oregon and Oregon State starting on Thursday at 5 p.m. on ESPN against the Ducks, who the Wildcats haven’t beaten since the 2015-16 season during the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.
Last season, Arizona came close to pulling off upsets over the Oregon schools losing 63-61 to Oregon State and 71-64 to Oregon with both games coming down to the final minutes.
Here is Barnes and forward Sam Thomas talking about the team’s upcoming games against Oregon and Oregon State, and they gave their thoughts about playing on ESPN:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.