On Friday, Arizona will face Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here's what a collection of newspapers and websites are saying about the matchup.
"Arizona is the dangerous floater in this draw, with a superb guard in Derrick Williams and an underrated coach in Sean Miller.
"That said, the Wildcats face a young and unafraid Memphis team in the opener. Memphis is the only Conference USA team that should be in the field. Not only did Virginia Tech deserve a bid over UAB (and Georgia and Southern Cal), Harvard deserved a bid more. Check the numbers." – John Feinstein, The Washington Post
"Watch out for Arizona vs. Duke in the Sweet 16. The Pac-10 wasn't much this year, but Arizona's Derrick Williams is better than any Dukie. And Sean Miller can coach." - John Clay, KentuckySports.com
"After examining the bracket, however, I decided to take a flier on No. 5 Arizona outmuscling the Blue Devils in the Sweet 16. Sean Miller puts together teams that blend talent and toughness and these Wildcats fit that description."
"However, the Wildcats will lose to No.2 San Diego State in the regional final." -Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"The Lute Olsen days are long gone in Arizona. In his last two trips to the tournament, head coach Sean Miller led Xavier to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. The Wildcats open against Memphis, and would face the winner of Texas vs. Oakland should they advance." – Erik Gallant, The Massachusetts Republican
"After Pac-10 regular-season champion Arizona gets over the sting of losing the conference championship game on an Isaiah Thomas buzzer-beater, it should get plenty fired up over taking on opening-round opponent Memphis and coach Josh Pastner, a former Arizona player and assistant coach.
"Luckily for the Wildcats, they can match the Tigers' athleticism with Derrick Williams and hope Lamont Jones can continue his solid play into the NCAA tournament. The game will test the maturity of a young team that is only a little more experienced than Memphis. Win this one, and a potential matchup against Texas would be a fun one to watch." - Diamond Leung, ESPN.com
"Overrated: Arizona (27-7) has a gaudy record but got the majority of its wins (14) with a weak Pac-10 schedule. Sophomore forward Derrick Williams (19.1) was the only player to average double figures in scoring. There's only one senior on the roster and most of the roster has minimal to no postseason experience. It could be a victim of the classic 5-12 game with first-round opponent Memphis, a 25-win team." – Craig Yuhas, The Detroit News
"Dark horse: Arizona. Although Washington beat the Wildcats in the Pac-10 championship game on a buzzer-beating shot, Arizona has played well in the second half of the season. The Wildcats average 76.5 points per game and will try to lure opponents into a run-and-gun game. Plus they have Derrick Williams (19.1, 8.1 rebounds), one of the best players you may not know a lot about." – John Rowe, NorthJersey.com
"Best post player: Derrick Williams, Arizona. Williams broke a bone in his right hand in late January and continued to play well with it wrapped. During that time, he had 18 rebounds against California, 26 points against Washington State, and that block seen around the world (see below) against Washington…
"A reasonable person can argue whether Williams' game-saving block against Washington's Darnell Gant was goaltending, but it put the Pac-10 player of the year on the national map. The first freshman to lead the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage (since 1972-73) bloomed into a power forward force as a sophomore." – Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
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