Arizona was great in non-conference play last year going undefeated and even beating some talented teams along the way, such as the Florida Gators.
However, once conference play started, things changed. The Wildcats ended up finishing the conference with a 12-6 record–one game back in the standings. Sure, UCLA was a very good basketball team and other teams in the conference had some talent as well, but Arizona is way too talented to finish with six losses in the Pac-12.
Don’t get me wrong, conference play is brutal no matter which conference a team plays in, but even Indiana managed to finish with just four losses in the Big Ten last year–arguably the best conference in college hoops.
In the upcoming season, the Wildcats will hands down be the most talented team in the Pac-12. Not to mention, the entire nation. So, they need to have a great out-of-conference record once again.
However, this time the team needs to be better in conference play, which will help them get a much better seed than a No. 6.
The Big Dance may be all about the matchups, where any team can win or lose at any given time, but I am sure any team would rather enter the tourney with a very good seed. I hope that is pretty obvious.
Arizona should win the Pac-12 and it should finish the regular season with a top 10 ranking. As a result, a good seed will be earned for the Wildcats and they will have a chance to make some serious noise in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
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