Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gators taking early praise in stride

2012-12-12T11:00:00Z 2012-12-12T11:15:27Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gators taking early praise in strideBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Some notes and links of possible interest as the UA-Florida countdown continues...

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While there's considerable early season buzz over Florida, forward Erik Murphy says the Gators are taking it in stride.

“Honestly, we don’t really talk about it that much or react to it that much,” Murphy was quoted as saying at Gatorzone.com. “We’ve got a group of guys who have been through it. We know none of that stuff means anything. It’s just talk.”

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The Pac-12 is running a 12-12-12 special on Pac-12 Tournament tickets: $12 for general admission seats to a session until 11 p.m. Arizona time today.

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UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad says he's more explosive after shedding some pounds.

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Aaron Gordon will play with Mitty High School on Thursday at 6 p.m. Arizona time.

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Cal's Ricky Kreklow is struggling to return from a foot injury.

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Lorenzo Romar is pushing and prodding his Huskies ... with few results.

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ASU's Jordan Bachynski is mastering the blocked shot.

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The Beavers are heading to Portland State tonight (8:30 p.m. on Comcast Sports Northwest).

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In other games, DePaul is at ASU tonight (7 p.m. Pac-12 Networks). 

Colorado will play at Fresno State (8 p.m., no television)

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Billy Bob asked on the previous discussion thread why UA is getting heat for its nonconference schedule and yet was assigned a No. 3 seed in the latest Bracketology projection.

My view: Their strength of schedule affects their RPI/Sagarin/etc ratings, which affects their seeding. I don't think anyone expected them to miss the tournament this season. But if they were 7-0 with a Top 50 SOS (like Florida), they'd probably be projected to have a No. 1 seed as of now.

Bottom line: What really matters for UA is that it gets a 1-5 seed and wins the Pac-12 -- that makes it much more likely the Wildcats will a preferential path toward the Final Four that would include a first weekend in either Salt Lake City or San Jose, then a second weekend in Los Angeles.

 

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