So who can challenge Wildcats in '13-'14 now?

2013-04-29T12:18:00Z 2013-04-29T15:27:31Z So who can challenge Wildcats in '13-'14 now?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2013 12:18 pm  • 

Now that Andre Roberson has chosen to leave Colorado for professional basketball, the Buffs appear less likely to become the Pac-12's second-place pick behind Arizona.

But who is?

Do you go with UCLA, which returns Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and the Wear twins (yes, they're still there) but will have to go with Zack LaVine at point guard or maybe even Anderson. Then there's the question of what Steve Alford will do with all that talent he inherited.

Or Stanford, which is loaded with returning talent but has not exceeded expectations in recent seasons?

Without Allen Crabbe, Cal still has Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace and will bring in guard Jabari Bird. 

Washington, ASU, Oregon and Oregon State can all make arguments, too.

And, even without Roberson, Colorado can make a decent case with a large core of talent returning. Buffs coach Tad Boyle, for one, says Colorado will still be good.

After all the dust settles this summer, we'll try another prediction thread. But for now, what do you guys think?

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ESPN still has Arizona ranked No. 4 in its early prediction for next season, with Colorado and UCLA also in the Top 25.

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Percy Allen has a rundown of all the players the Pac-12 is losing early, including transfers.

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 Justise Winslow says a big factor in his recruitment is that Sean Miller has told him he could be a key in getting Miller to his first Final Four.

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Kyle Fogg had a steal and a rebound while Rio Grande Valley took the D-League title.

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James Whitford hired another assistant coach at Ball State.

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Some older items in case you missed them:

We had a feature on the background of Aaron Gordon and his family. 

OSU's Ahmad Starks is transferring.

Onetime UA recruiting target Ray McCallum has declared for the NBA Draft.

And UA target Payton Dastrup won't play college ball until 2016 while he goes on an LDS mission.

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Rule62 asked on a previous discussion thread about next season's home schedule, since UA has not announced anything. The only things that are known for sure at this point is that UA will be hosting UNLV and playing in the NIT Tip-Off (which likely means two mid-major type opponents at home). I'm guessing there will be one other high-major home game, then a bunch of guarantee games. San Diego State and Michigan will be played on the road.

In Pac-12 play, UA will not have home games with USC and UCLA. UA will also skip the Washington-WSU trip as part of the unbalanced schedule.

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