Arizona basketball: Are Wildcats a Top 5 team?

2013-08-28T15:22:00Z 2013-08-30T08:57:35Z Arizona basketball: Are Wildcats a Top 5 team?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 28, 2013 3:22 pm  • 

The official Top 25 polls won't be out for a while but already there's a difference of opinion about the Arizona Wildcats in the major basketball annuals.

The Sporting News ranked UA No. 5 on its website and yearbook, USA Today has the Wildcats No. 7 in its magazine, while Lindy's released a cover this week with a Top 10...that didn't have UA at all.

According to Anthony Gimino, who edited Lindy's, the Wildcats are actually No. 11 in Lindy's.

Both Lindy's and Sporting News yearbooks are expected to go on sale early next month. I've attached a photo of the Sporting News' regional cover, which I wrote for but did not influence Top 25 picks.

Here's how the Top 10 picks break down:


1. Michigan State

2. Kentucky

3. Duke

4. Kansas

5. North Carolina

6. Ohio State

7. Louisville

8. Florida

9. Oklahoma State

10. Michigan


1. Kentucky

2. Michigan State

3. Louisville

4. Duke

5. Arizona

6. Kansas

7. Michigan

8. Syracuse

9. North Carolina

10. Oklahoma State


1. Kentucky

2. Michigan State

3. Louisville

4. Duke

5. Kansas

6. Florida

7. Arizona

8. Michigan

9. Syracuse

10. Oklahoma State

Arizona is putting its Red-Blue tickets on sale starting Saturday. The annual intrasquad scrimmage, which has morphed into a "preseason madness" type of event under Sean Miller, is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-17, with significant group discounts available.

UA's 1993-94 Final Four team will be honored at the event. Two of the players from that team, Damon Stoudamire and Joseph Blair, are now on the basketball staff -- Stoudamire as an assistant coach and Blair as an undergraduate assistant while he finishes his degree.

ASU guard Jermaine Marshall, a transfer from Penn State, spoke to azcentral  about his expectations with the Sun Devils.

Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie says he will leave for the NBA if he is a likely Top 15 pick next summer.

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