What They're Saying: UA's Tournament Chances

Arizona is set to face Texas Southern on Thursday. Read on to see what media around the country is saying about the Wildcats.

“The Wildcats are legit, and look every bit the part of a true national title contender. However it ends up playing out, I can tell you this: No one wants to play Arizona right especially, especially if the Wildcats get to play in the Los Tucson, I mean Los Angeles regional.”

- Rob Dauster, NBC College Basketball Talk

“A lot of Arizona fans are still pretty upset about last year's Elite Eight matchup with the Badgers, a game the Wildcats lost by a point in an overtime thriller. A year later, Arizona will have its chance to face Wisconsin in the Elite Eight again, and this time I think the Wildcats finally advance to the Final Four.

“Though I got to see Wisconsin up close this year and Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are really impressive, the Wildcats are just deeper and more talented. And last season Arizona was without big Brandon Ashley, who returned healthy this season and has lifted them to new heights.”

- Ari Wasserman, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“With all due respect to Wisconsin, Arizona should be the No. 1 seed in this region. But the committee boys and girls must have had planes to catch Sunday and didn’t stick around to watch Wisconsin barely beat Michigan State in the Big Ten final. And they must already have had their ice cream and gone to bed Saturday night while Arizona was killing a good Oregon team in the Pac-12 tournament championship game.

“That’s not to say the Badgers aren’t good enough to get to Indy, but the Wildcats have a healthy Brandon Ashley this season — a luxury they didn’t have a year ago when they just lost to Wisconsin in a region final.

- John Feinstein, Washington Post

“The champion of the Midwest Region will be … No. 2 Arizona. I think the athletes on the wing and ability to play small on defense against the athletic Wisconsin front court will be key as the Wildcats look to avenge last season's loss. Yeah, their offense can go stagnant from time-to-time.

“However, Wisconsin's pick-and-roll defense was been a bit suspect over the course of the Big Ten Tournament, and McConnell is one of the best pick-and-roll guards in the country. Plus, the fact that the Staples Center will likely be "McKale North" means there should a decent home-court advantage for the Wildcats. Give me Arizona to get out of this region and matchup with Kentucky in the Final Four.”

- Sam Vecenie, CBS Sports

“Look out for the Arizona Wildcats, especially if they meet up with Kentucky in Indianapolis in the Final Four. NBA scouts are already salivating over a potential match-up.

“They’re the one team that could take out Kentucky,’’ one veteran NBA scout who recently watched the ‘Cats told me. “They should have gotten the No. 1 seed in the West, not Wisconsin. They have the kind of team that can beat Kentucky.’’

- Mitch Lawrence, Forbes.com

“Arizona went from being a borderline No. 1 seed to landing in the deep, threatening West as a No. 2 seed. Yes, if the Wildcats get out of the first weekend (as they should), they’ll have a huge home-court advantage playing at Staples Center on the second weekend.

“But if the Wildcats get there, they’d likely be faced with a game against Baylor and its stifling defense. The other side of the West is even more brutal, with No. 1 seed Wisconsin likely to face a big challenge from No. 4 North Carolina in the Sweet 16 round.”

- Rich Hammond, OC Register


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