Arizona Basketball: Mark Lyons' turnover issues not a big concern

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Lyons isn't a true point guard, and he's struggled a bit in the early going of this season.

Mark Lyons is the starting point guard on a team that averages nearly 82 points a game and is currently ranked No. 8 in both national polls. A sloppy game against Southern Mississippi notwithstanding, the Arizona Wildcats have had their way with every team they've faced this season.

So why is there so much talk of Lyons' struggles?

Through six games, the senior guard is averaging more turnovers than assists. He's also averaging 12.3 points per game and is shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc. Is there reason for concern? Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News doesn't think so:

The people picking apart his assist/turnover ratio -- 14 assists, 18 turnovers -- haven't bothered with a few details. First, Arizona is 6-0 and winning by an average of 21.8 points. Second, the way Arizona is built it always has at least two, and sometimes three, players on the floor aside from Lyons who can create offense so his personal numbers in those categories are less impactful. Third, his coach is not displeased. At all.

"He's been good," Arizona coach Sean Miller told Sporting News. "He wants to learn. He brings toughness and shooting ability. We're a lot better with him than without him."

Sean Miller has never been one to throw his players under the bus, and his recent comments about Lyons' perceived struggles should speak volumes to those concerned about the point guard play in Tucson.

As long as the Wildcats continue scoring the ball at an efficient rate -- they rank 13th in KenPom.com's offensive efficiency rankings -- there really isn't anything to worry about. We'll see how Lyons reacts to the criticism on Saturday night as UA hits the road to take on Clemson.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.