Bracket Projection: Arizona
Dominant front line could take the Wildcats a long way in the tournament
- Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsPoint guard Mark Lyons, a transfer from Xavier, has thrived at Arizona this season.
A season removed from failing to make the NCAA field for just the second time in 19 seasons, Sean Miller's Arizona Wildcats are back with a talented core, led by seniors Solomon Hill and Xavier transfer Mark Lyons. Miller was able to reach the regional final in only his second year in Tucson. Can he and his talented Wildcats do it for the second time in three years?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.
Which Arizona team will show up Thursday in Salt Lake City? The one with Final Four talent or the one that went just 5-5 down the stretch? I fear it will be the latter and that Belmont is in position for a big upset. The flip side is that the Wildcats have the personnel to win a region, especially one as weak as the West. In other words, fear the Wildcats if they can escape Belmont.
Best wins: San Diego State, Florida, Miami
Worst losses: USC
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