Sporting News rates Arizona preseason No. 1

2014-08-11T10:30:00Z 2014-08-12T09:27:29Z Sporting News rates Arizona preseason No. 1Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats have generated their first No. 1 rating of the fall preseason predictions. 

Sporting News tweeted out its annual yearbook cover today, calling Arizona No. 1 and putting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on its regional cover.

SN's Mike DeCourcy said of UA in the yearbook:

"This is a big, physical team that defends the rim well; center Kaleb Tarczewski and power forward Brandon Ashley provide as solid an inside presence as a team could want. What the Wildcats would seem to lose with the departure of Aaron Gordon should be covered by the elevation of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a greater role. Point guard T.J. McConnell has experience running a high-level team and carrying it through difficult moments."

Meanwhile, looks like SN and DeCourcy also saw that Elite Eight game, putting Wisconsin and Frank Kaminsky not far behind at No. 3.

Kentucky was No. 2 in SN's Top 10, followed by Wisconsin, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Virginia, Florida and Wichita State.

The second 10 are Villanova, Texas, Gonzaga, Iowa State, UConn, San Diego State, VCU and Oklahoma. is No. 16 and Utah is 20. The Utes are the only other Pac-12 team in SN's Top 25.

Ohio State is No. 21, followed by Nebraska, Syracuse, Harvard and SMU.

Arizona has not been rated No. 1 in either of the two major Top 25 polls, the AP and ESPN polls, since the 2002-03 season (when UA reached the Elite Eight before losing to Kansas). The Wildcats spent eight weeks atop the polls in the middle of last season, however. The major polls won't be out for another two-plus months.


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