Arizona Wildcats basketball: But the computers say...

2013-12-05T17:09:00Z 2013-12-05T21:21:56Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: But the computers say...Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona may be in line for the No. 1 ranking if it can beat UNLV on Saturday, but some computers don't quite agree at this point.

For what it's worth, the multiple calculations of Jeff Sagarin's USA Today ratings wind up with Ohio State and Iowa ahead of the Wildcats, even after Michigan State's loss to North Carolina. And Ken Pomeroy's predictive ratings have UA ranked sixth, behind Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

Interestingly, both Iowa and Pittsburgh rate high in Sagarin and Kenpom but are not attracting many Top 25 votes in either the AP or USA Today polls.

Among the other interesting teams near the top is Wisconsin, which has won five games away from home, is 3-0 against Top 50 teams and is playing overall the 29th toughest schedule, according to Sagarin.

Syracuse also has an argument, too. The Orange is 4-0 against Top 50 teams after winning the Maui Invitational.

But SI's Luke Winn already has the Wildcats at No. 1 in his power rankings, and Arizona was the only team other than Michigan State to generate first-place votes in both major polls last week. So it's hard to imagine anything else if the Wildcats beat UNLV.


But can UA beat UNLV? Rebels forward Roscoe Smith, who played for UConn in the Huskies' Elite Eight win over Arizona in 2011, isn't so sure. Even if UNLV is 3-3 with no games played away from home yet.

He was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun as saying "shockingly, they're probably intimidated by us."


Michigan's John Beilein has been bracing for the possibility that Arizona will be the No. 1 team in the nation when it visits Ann Arbor on Dec. 14.

Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have slipped in NBA Draft stock while the Wolverines have gotten off to a disappointing early start.


Tom Izzo said Michigan State's loss was probably one of the most disappointing losses in his career with the Spartans.


Lute Olson says the new officiating rules are "ridiculous."


Tad Boyle is hoping the Buffs can snuff the blue out of Coors Events Center when Kansas comes to town on Saturday.

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