After a couple of long summer months and about three weeks of practice, the Arizona Wildcats are set to play their first meaningful game of the 2012 season on Wednesday night. The 'Cats enter the year with high hopes and expectations, with many national publications picking UA as a preseason top-10 team.
Tonight's game with Humboldt State is an exhibition matchup, and one that should tell coach Sean Miller a lot about his team. Does Xavier transfer Mark Lyons look comfortable at the point? How do four elite freshmen respond when they don't play the minutes they're accustomed to from their high school days? Is Solomon Hill poised to become one of the Pac-12's best players?
We may not get the answers to all these questions tonight, but it'll undoubtedly be interesting to watch. In terms of sheer talent, this may be the best team Arizona has had since the 2001 season.
As for Humboldt State, not too much is known about their team. A Division-II school out of northern California, they lost their entire starting lineup from last season. The Lumberjacks have played one game this season and won by 42 points against Pacific Union College. Despite their strong start, this should not be a close game. Look for the Wildcats to blow this one open in the second half.
Start Time: Tipoff from McKale Center is set for 6:30 p.m. PT
Online Stream: The Pac-12 Network will stream the game live without a subscription. Here is a link to catch tonight's game.