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Re: Can UA make 26th straight NCAA Tournament?


Fans debate return to NCAA Tournament

• Wise comes back. Arizona places in the top five of the Pac-10. Then the Wildcats win the Pac-10 Tourney! Even if they don’t win the tourney, I like their chances. GUERT

• Enthusiasm is not justified. We have no idea what Miller and all those assistant coaches will come up with in the Pac-10, which is a lot tougher than where they are accustomed to.

Oregon will be a LOT better under their new assistants and the guys coming in. Washington will be terrific. ASU might still be tough. UCLA is always a rugged win. USC has the manpower. Cal under Montgomery will be much better than last year. Stanford should be a lot better than last year’s midlevel performance.

So the only questions are Washington State under a new coach and Oregon State’s new players melding into a competitive team with a coach who is yet to be a winner.

On paper, the Wildcats are third from the bottom, just above OSU and WSU. 867

• 867 . . . Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Stanford and USC may all be better. So will Cal. Washington State and Oregon State can be expected to dip. However, let’s not forget the growth of the existing Arizona players. Fogg, Lavender, etc.; all those guys will be improved too.

I believe in the number 26. 3829

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