Who Will Be Arizona Wildcats' Toughest Challenger In Pac-12?

By Trevor Lowry
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You could say that the Arizona Wildcats are off to a hot start. They are undefeated and are the No. 1 team in college basketball. However, the Pac-12 will provide many challenges to Arizona this year. Who will be its toughest challenger?

I would have to go with the Oregon Ducks at this point in the season. Of course, Colorado, UCLA and other teams in the conference are not too far behind.

The Ducks are also undefeated and they will likely be perfect entering Pac-12 play. This is a team that scores at will, hence the 89.1 points per game they score on average.

Mike Moser is back to his old ways of being a scoring threat and a very reliable rebounder and Joseph Young could be the best scorer in the conference. Young is currently averaging 19.4 points per game. Six players are averaging 10 or more points per game on the Ducks, so they definitely have their fair share of scoring options.

The Wildcats may be the No. 1 team in the country, but the Pac-12 is going to be a much closer race than some people may think. That tends to happen when you have a couple of teams ranked in the top 25 in one conference. Currently, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon are ranked, but UCLA has the talent to be ranked for the rest of the season–still searching for that big win.

Arizona definitely has the better resume as of right now–beat Duke, Michigan and UNLV–but Oregon has racked up some pretty good wins as well.

These two teams will meet twice on the season and both matchups will help decide who the top team in the Pac-12 is. Until then, Arizona is the favorite, but Oregon is its toughest challenger.

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