At its essence, WSU success has to do with tempo. All year long the Cougars have forced faster-paced teams to play at their speed.
Thus far tonight, that’s not happening.
No, Arizona isn’t running a fast-break clinic, but the Wildcats are playing faster than they did in Pullman, even in the half court.
The cuts are sharper, the passes crisper, the play better. The Cougars are going to have to pick up the physical nature of their defense, moving their feet better, beating the Cats to spots and making them force their way through. That will slow them down.
And help WSU control tempo.