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The season started and Arizona did nothing but win. By the time the Wildcats got to 14-0 and peaked at No. 3 in the nation, the excitement reached a fever pitch. The Pac-12 championship became a foregone conclusion and aspirations of the Final Four and a national title formulated.
Then the Pac-12 season began and the decline set in. They lost four of the last eight regular season conference games, didn’t beat a single bona-fide good team during this same stretch and lost to arch rival UCLA three times.
This is what seemed to be the national perception of Arizona during our 14-0 run. however, almost everyone associated with AZ BB knew better. Knew that we had some glaring deficits...Lyons being the main clog...with a clog missing.
But its over, now we move on to some bigger and better times for AZBB.
Which brings to mind. We will have no excuses when it comes time to Put Up---- Or Shut Up.
BRING IT HOME CATS
Damn....is it November yet ?????
You're right that there will be no excuses for anything less than a season spent in the national top 5. No excuse for anything other than winning the pac-12 regular season. We all know tournaments can be a crap shoot and good teams can lose in the earlier rounds... but I think we'd all be a little disappointed if next year's team didn't make a really deep run (thinking elite 8 or final 4). CSM has done an exceptional job of building up this roster. This next season, all his hard work is going to pay off. He's got a stacked roster with a decent level of experience woven into the mix. We are in store for a very good season.
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The thing that scares me is having a drop after next season. If all goes the way people think we are probably losing Ashley, Zeus, Gordon, and Johnson along with Mayes from the bench and that is not taking into consideration if Jerrett leaves who I think is more of a three to four year guy. Next year I expect big things but the year after makes me nervous.
Let's just enjoy the ride next season first. It's gonna be a great one!
Time to nut up or shut up
I for one am not worried about the drop off as long as Miller is at the helm. The same guy that recruited all the the studs that darkhand44 mentions will recruit the 4/5 Star guys that will replace them. A great four year cycle in a top ten program should look like 2 or 3 conference championships, consistent top ten ranking, 1-2 final fours, 4 Sweet 16 appearances. An NCAA title would be awesome, but they are so hard to win. (Lute = 1 Title) This would be a great run over 4 years. Compare it to Izzo, K, Pitino, Self, Donovan, Williams. If Miller can do this he is in their company. Miller is a tremendous recruiter and he will continue to improve in all phases of the game as he gains more and more experience at the elite level. Losing all the guys that darkhand44 mentions at one time would be tough, but our stable is getting deeper and deeper every year. Good points by all so far on this topic.
Agreed. Let's not forget that McConnell will finish his career at Arizona so he'll be returning the following season. Parker Jackson-Cartwright has already committed to the 2014 class and the next domino to fall should be Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson, who will undoubtedly be a McDonald's All-American next season.
The one potential hole, and Brad Allis brought this up last week, is what happens along the frontline. Any combination of Zeus, Ashley or Jerrett leaving after next season will see Arizona's overall size drop significantly.
Personally, I don't see Aaron Gordon leaving after one season but stranger things have happened. Worst case scenario, Arizona plays small and very up tempo in 2014-15 before they begin to add true height back to the roster with a 2015 Class where the coaching staff is already heavily involved in recruiting Zimmerman from Bishop Gorman (legit 7-footer), Diamond Stone (Indiana big man) and Ivan Rabb (247Sports' #1 overall prospect).
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Also should note that recruits like to see guys leaving a prgram early for the NBA. It shows them that the coach knows how to recruit top level talent and turn them into NBA draft picks. The more guys that go early, the more guys we'll have wanting to come to school here.
Outstanding point Ben J. Up vote.
Mayes graduating = addition by subtraction
Johnson - will have York, Pitts and Cooper Jr at a minimum replacing him
I don't see more than 2 of Zeus, Ashley, Jerrett and Gordon going next year. There just are not enough minutes on the frontline for that many to jump high enough in the draft to warrant early exits. Plus we will have Korchek back for another year and Chol (hopefully after a RS year) back for 1 or 2.
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Interesting that CatsinCO has not shown up to put a beating dead horse icon after you post (you noted that we had some weaknesses early, that we didn't beat a bona-fide good team down the stretch and lost to UCLA 3 times etc etc...that always gets a dead horse), but the real question is WHY couldn't we beat anyone good down the stretch?
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"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
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