Did the Arizona Wildcats Meet Expectations this Season?

By Trevor Lowry
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The Arizona Wildcats entered the 2012-13 college basketball season with very high expectations, so were they met at the end of the season?

The Pac-12 may have been pretty good this year, but with the amount of talent that the Wildcats had, they did not meet expectations whatsoever.

Arizona did not win the Pac-12 regular season title or the conference tournament. However, the Wildcats were well on their way for a good portion of the first half of their season. They beat the Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes and San Diego State Aztecs in their non-conference schedule.

Heck, this team actually went undefeated in their out-of-conference schedule and won the first two games of conference play. As a result, the Wildcats were being considered as one of the best teams in college basketball.

However, this team would go on to lose six games in conference play and would receive a No. 5 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. For a team that was ranked in the top 10 for a good portion of the season, this was very disappointing.

Arizona ended up making the Sweet 16, but it beat two teams that it was supposed to beat in Belmont and Harvard. The Wildcats gave Ohio State a run for its money in the round of 16, but they still ended up losing by three points.

Any time a team enters the season with a serious shot at a national title, they better make it past the Sweet 16 or else it will be considered a disappointing year. Arizona may have shined at times, but at the end of the season it did not meet expectations.


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