As expected, the Wildcats landed the top seed in the West. The Wildcats will meet the Catamounts of Vermont in the first round in Salt Lake City. Vermont, the 16th seed, won the America East Conference Tournament and is making their first appearance in the Big Dance.<BR>
<A href="http://arizona.theinsiders.com/2/99606.html">Olson discusses seeding</A>
The Wildcats stay close to home but will have to play a team who on paper appears to be the toughest of the 16 seeds. The Catamounts are 21-11and had to beat a solid Boston University ball club on their home floor.
The Catamounts are led by 6-9 Taylor Coppenrath, the conference Player of the Year and point guard T.J. Sorrentine, last year's America East Player of the Year.
Vermont likes to slow it down and rely on their good rebounding to propel them. Matt Sheftic and Grant Anderson are solid frontcourt players, but are not in the same league as the Wildcats' bigmen.
The Wildcats should win, no 16 has beaten a No. 1 and it won't happen here. The Cats can look ahead to the Gonzaga/Cincinnati winner. Both appeared to be bubble teams, but were given decent seeds by the selection committee.
2003 NCAA Bracket