Arizona-NAU pregame notes: Simon ranks UA frontcourt No. 1

2013-12-23T10:46:00Z 2013-12-23T19:55:22Z Arizona-NAU pregame notes: Simon ranks UA frontcourt No. 1Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

No surprise here, considering the way Arizona has dominated teams inside, but Miles Simon rates UA's frontcourt No. 1.

"It starts on the defensive end where the length, athleticism and versatility of this group give teams fits," Simon wrote for

Arizona has received the same 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 poll, while taking the top spot for a third straight week.

Oregon is 12th in the AP Poll, while San Diego State is 20th and Colorado 21st.

Some items before tonight's UA-NAU game (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks with Paul Sunderland and Matt Muehlebach):

--The Flagstaff Daily Sun looked at the challenges NAU will have tonight.

--Our pregame package: We spoke to Jack Murphy about the last Arizona team to be No. 1, which he was a part of, along with the usual scouting report and notes.

--DeWayne Russell, who was expected to be one of NAU's top players, has reportedly expressed interest in Grand Canyon -- but he's not released to go there.

-- Arizona is about a 28-point favorite tonight.

--The school-produced notes from Arizona and NAU.

Pe'Shon Howard hit a game-winner for USC against Dayton.

Chasson Randle's late efforts weren't enough for Stanford against Michigan.

Lorenzo Romar isn't sure the Huskies are ready for the Pac-12.

Difficult trip to the Midwest for Cal: The Bears lost Ricky Kreklow for at least a month and Jabari Bird for an unknown amount of time -- and were beaten by Creighton.

Askia Booker says Colorado is still one of the best teams in the country despite its two losses.

Barack Obama took in the Beavers' game with Akron in Honolulu, but the game was painful for OSU, which lost to the Zips and may have lost Angus Brandt again with a knee injury.

Stanley Johnson and Mater Dei escaped Ivan Rabb and Bishop O'Dowd in the Tarkanian Classic.

Myles Turner checked out Texas.

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