Coming into this season, much like every season for the Wildcats, expectations were high. A Pac-12 regular season title and Pac-12 Tournament Championship were pretty much a given, with a National Championship bringing it all together. The Wildcats already took care of the regular season title and now must regroup to win the Pac-12 Tournament.
Just one week after it seemed as if the Wildcats finally figured everything out, the team ended their season on a sour note with a sloppy win over Oregon State and a loss to Oregon, where nothing seemed to go their way in the final minutes. But maybe it’s best that Arizona lost to Oregon, fueling a fire under the Cats, creating even more hunger to win the Pac-12 Tournament and head into the Big Dance with a full head of steam.
With Arizona earning the #1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, it’s safe to say that the Wildcats caught the easier side of the bracket as the Cats avoid #3 Arizona State, #7 Oregon and #2 UCLA should the Wildcats make it the Championship Game. Arizona will start the tournament off by playing the winner of the #9 Washington and #8 Utah matchup, both of which gave the Wildcats a scare. #12 USC, #5 Colorado and #4 California will also get in the way of Arizona’s Pac-12 Tournament run, as they come from the same half of Arizona’s bracket. Because it’s March, it’s hard to say who comes out of each game, but we know one thing is for sure. Arizona will have home court advantage in Vegas as we can count of the Wildcat faithful to create a presence, and we all know how well the Wildcats did at home (18-0). But we can only hope that the Wildcats can find their rhythm once again and shake off either Washington or Utah in their opening game and then take care of business against California, USC or Colorado before heading to the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Keep an eye out for my Pac-12 Tournament preview in the next few days.
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