EVERYTHING was set up for Arizona to tear through the NCAA tournament. Amid all their off-court issues the Wildcats were a popular pick to contend for the national title. However, the Buffalo Bulls had other plans. After Arizona’s stunning loss, the school is left at a crossroads asking the question is it time for Sean Miller to go?
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PLENTY of people’s brackets fell in Arizona’s massive 89-68 loss to No. 13 Buffalo. The fourth seed in the South entered the tournament with a 27-7 record fresh of a Pac-12 title and seemed to be peaking at the right time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Not only were they upset in the first-round their 21-point flogging was the fourth-largest point differential in an upset of 4th seed by a 13th seed in NCAA Tournament history.
SEEING Miller get outcoached by the Bulls head coach Nate Oats doesn’t bode well for the Wildcats, who are also losing star freshman Deandre Ayton, junior Allonzo Trier and sophomore Rawle Alkins to the NBA. Making matters worse a weak recruiting class is coming in for 2018 after Jahvon Quinerly and the son of NBA star Shaquille, Shareef O’Neal both decommitted from the university with allegations surfacing a few weeks ago of Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to guarantee Deandre Ayton signed with the school on the phone.
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WITH Miller now facing further investigation regarding these issues and his sidekick Book Richardson facing jail time for his part in an ongoing FBI fraud inquiry, it could be time for Arizona to cut ties with their head coach. While his Wildcats still finished the season with an impressive record it marks their second straight exit in the first round of the tournament.
HE hasn’t given us a ton of moments that gives fans a reason to believe in Miller can eventually lead the program to the promised land. Amid all the allegations and off court drama it would not be surprising if he was let go despite his 247–74 record with Arizona at a 76.9% clip. Things are going to get a lot worse for Arizona if some of these stories are deemed as true so jumping ship now might be a good idea. Strap yourselves in Wildcats fans, it could get ugly.
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