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October 15, 2013 at 6:12 AM

More praise for Arizona in Pac-12 predictions

It’s Pac-12 prediction time.

Here’s a collection of a few.

— Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe picks the Wildcats to win the conference. He writes: “Nic Wise, MoMo Jones and Mark Lyons all had their strengths but none was a true point guard. Finally, Sean Miller has his first one yet in McConnell – and his most talent overall – since he’s been at Arizona. If this group can develop leadership and some outside shooting, a Final Four run isn’t out of the question.”

Brian Howell at the Daily Camera also picks Arizona. He predicted Colorado will finish second and writes: “I like what Tad Boyle is doing in Boulder and I really think their overall depth and talent will trump their youth.”

— Arizona Republic’s Doug Haller predicts Arizona will prevail in the Pac-12. He covers Arizona State and writes: “Jahii Carson can push the Sun Devils into the Pac-12′s top four, but not without consistent help from center Jordan Bachynski. The Sun Devils could be a sleeper.”


— Not sure where sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace fits in California’s deep backcourt.

— Arizona’s freshmen Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played well during its Red-Blue Game. Gordon had 14 points and 12 rebounds while Hollis-Jefferson tied sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski for scoring high honors with 18 points. Here’s the post-game press conference with coach Sean Miller and photos.

— How loaded is Arizona’s roster? The Red team starters ( G Jordin Mayes, G Nick Johnson, G Elliott Pitts, Gordon and Tarczewski) could probably win the Pac-12 title. The Blue team starters (G T.J. McConnell, G Gabe York, F Brandon Ashley, F Chris Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson aren’t too shabby either.

— There’s big expectations in Tucson, Ariz. with the Wildcats. Arizona appears to be dominant inside, but three-point shooting looms as an apparent weakness. Gotta believe Cats will see a lot of zones.

— I can guarantee Arizona State didn’t fully know what they were getting when they gave Shaquielle McKissic a scholarship. But the Sun Devils are starting to find out. The former Kentridge High standout scored a game-high 33 points in ASU’s scrimmage.

— Oregon State junior point guard Challe Barton, who replaces Ahmad Starks, will need to pass and score.

— Utah hopes Year 2 for center Renan Lenz is better than Year 1. The big Brazilian who played two years at Arizona Western University had trouble adjusting to Division 1 basketball last year.

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