SALT LAKE CITY — Fed up with his team’s slow starts at the beginning of both halves over the past three games, Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller says he will change his starting lineup Sunday against Utah.
Miller threatened to change the lineup a week earlier, but kept with it in part because the Wildcats’ current group was 18-1 at that point. But since then, the Wildcats have lost two straight games and continued what Miller called an “alarming” problem before the first media timeout of each half over the past three games.
In those combined 24-plus minutes, in games against Stanford, California and Colorado, the Wildcats have been outscored by a combined 53-27.
“I don’t think we have (the lineup) completely worked out yet,” Miller told the Star on Friday at the team’s hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. “We want to watch Utah and prepare for the game. But I guarantee you there won’t be the same five guys walking out there.”
Miller declined to detail what combinations he was considering but, when asked who he might give a chance to, mentioned forwards Grant Jerrett and Angelo Chol. He also played starter Brandon Ashley only 14 minutes against Colorado
Jerrett has been recovering from a foot stress reaction that kept him out against Stanford, and only played 13 minutes at Colorado, with five points and one rebound.
Read more about the Wildcats' changes in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.