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Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona becomes 2-seed in bracketology projections

Could they get to the one line eventually?

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

After an impressive win over the UCLA Bruins, the Arizona Wildcats now find themselves at the center of the national college basketball conversation. Not surprisingly, they made a big jump up the rankings, but also hopped on up to the two-line in the bracketologies of both Sporting News and ESPN. Maybe it’s just me, but Arizona/Indiana in round two sounds like a good time

- The complete performance on Saturday with Allonzo Trier now also has people thinking this team is primed for a title run. As Jon Rothstein says, there is a new dawn in Tucson now that the Wildcats have Trier back. It also leads to us predicting no worse than 16-2 in conference now

- Speaking of Trier, he could be starting soon. We’ll have a lot more on him and the whole starting lineup thing in the coming days

- Arizona moved up to fifth in these rankings while UCLA fell to 7th. 5-6-7 from the same conference? Ok

- Lauri Markkanen was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Somehow, he’s the first UA player to win it this year

- Dillon Brooks did not play for Oregon on Saturday, and his timetable to return is unclear. Arizona goes to Eugene next Saturday

- Gabe York was named 2nd-team All-Showcase at a D-League event this past weekend

- Arizona offered Bol Bol this weekend. He is the son of Manute Bol, and is the 14th-ranked player of the 2018 class


- ASU’s offensive coordinator left for Auburn. Also, Oregon’s getting rid of their new co-offensive coordinator thanks to a DUI

- Arizona commit Tony Wallace says he has shut down his recruitment. On the flip side, several Sun Belt schools are making a run at Troy Young

- It’s never a bad time to start talking about Arizona’s quarterback situation

- This youngster appears to be an ASU fan


- Scott Kingery was named the 7th-best second baseman prospect in the game

- MLB lost a couple of players on Sunday morning. Shelley Duncan offered up these thoughts on Andy Marte

Other sports

- Arizona has put Cedric Dempsey and Rocky LaRose on the committee to find a new athletic director. Wildcat Radio talked about Greg Byrne along with plenty of other stuff

- Men’s golf hosted the majority of the first two rounds of a tournament on Monday

Tucson news

- Two people died when a small plane crashed at Tucson International Airport on Monday

- A car and a school bus full of kids ran into each other near Empire HS. No children were injured