Arizona football team in a bye week… How about some Basketball?

The University of Arizona Basketball team is set to kick off the 2009-10 season in just 6 weeks against Northern Arizona University! What are the expectations and what are your thoughts? Hit the link for more including a poll…

November 15th is the date many basketball fans in Arizona will be awaiting with the first regular season game. Mainly Wildcat fans will be eager to see what new head coach Sean Miller will put on the court and how he will handle the new challenge. It will be interesting to see if this team can contend in a tough conference but what will probably dictate this year as being a big success will be to see if Miller can keep the Wildcats NCAA tournament streak alive.

 

After the recruits from this years class bolted for other schools upon Lute Olson’s departure, Arizona fans were left with a feeling that this could be the next "Indiana". Miller has come in, filled some gaps, and perhaps put together a team that can at least contend. For me personally if the Cats can make it for the 26th season in a row then it will be a showing of a successful season and perhaps how great Sean Miller can be. Is Sean Miller "Great"? That is to be decided but as an Arizona Basketball fan you have to be excited about the upcoming season and more importantly what Sean Miller and his staff can build for the future. This will be a tough season with the Pac-10 up in the air but we know it will be fun to watch!

 

Also breaking news: Daniel Bejarano, one of the state of Arizona’s brightest basketball talents, has de-committed from Texas and is now focusing on Arizona and Arizona State! Link...

 

 

QUICK SASON PREVIEW

 

What to watch for?

If the Cats can continue the quest for 26 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids and if Sean Miller will show Wildcat fans that he is a true successor for the great Lute Olson.

 

Mark your calendar for a few key games to watch:

Wisconsin at the Maui Invitational, Nov. 23rd 9PM pst on ESPN 2

@ Oklahoma, Dec 23rd

BYU, Dec 28th

UCLA: @ UCLA Jan 1st , March 4th at home

UW: Jan 10th at home, @ UW Feb 4th

CAL: Jan 31st at home, @ Cal Feb 25th

ASU: @ ASU Jan 23rd, Feb 21st at home

 

Which Sean Miller recruit will break out?

Prediction: Solomon Hill

 

Which team will win the Pac-10?

Prediction: Cal

 

Which Pac-10 teams to watch?

Washington: Abdul Gaddy left AZ for UW and they will be a good Pac-10 title contender

USC: Kevin O’Neil is their new coach and is recruiting well

ASU: Our rival is putting up a good challenge for top AZ recruit Daniel Bejarano

 

Which NCAA teams with UofA ties to watch?

Memphis: Josh Pastner is the new coach and recruiting like a champ

Gonzaga: Mark Few was an Arizona coaching hopeful that will be challenged this year

Kansas: Jeff Withey left the Cats to join Kansas as a 2010 national title contender

 

Pac-10 Standings Predictions (this is tough and likely wrong!):

Cal

Washington

UCLA

Oregon State

Arizona

USC

Washington State

Arizona State

Oregon

Stanford

 

 

Arizona Starting lineup predictions:

PG Nic Wise

G Kyle Fogg

F Jamelle Horne

F Solomon Hill

C Kyryl Natyazhko

 

 

O

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR-EXP

Hometown/High School

21

Kyle Fogg

G

6-2

175

SO-1L

Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda

44

Solomon Hill

F

6-6

195

FR-HS

Los Angeles, Calif./Fairfax

42

Jamelle Horne

F

6-6

209

JR-2L

San Diego, Calif./San Diego

50

Alex Jacobson

C

6-11

253

SO-1L

Brea, Calif./Mater Dei

12

Lamont Jones

G

5-11

190

FR-HS

Harlem, N.Y./Oak Hill (Va.) Academy

4

Garland Judkins

G

6-3

195

SO-1L

Humble, Texas/Christian Life Center Academy

24

Brendon Lavender

G

6-3

205

SO-1L

Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View

1

Kyryl Natyazhko

C

6-10

250

FR-HS

Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine/IMG Academy (Fla.)

3

Kevin Parrom

G/F

6-6

200

FR-HS

Bronx, N.Y./South Kent (Conn.)

33

D.J. Shumpert

F

6-6

177

SO-1L

Tucson, Ariz./Santa Rita

23

Derrick Williams

F

6-7

210

FR-HS

La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada

13

Nic Wise

G

5-10

177

SR-3L

Houston, Texas/Kingwood

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