NCAA Tournament 2013: Arizona Wildcats Primed For Big Turnaround Season

The Arizona Wildcats failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in nearly three decades last March, something that has made those in Tucson very hungry for a return to the postseason. Given a strong core of returning players and a top-ranked recruiting class, the Wildcats will be a trendy dark horse candidate to reach the Final Four in 2013.

Yahoo! Sports released a list of 10 teams primed for a big turnaround next year. The UA was among the teams listed, and they discussed the roster a bit.

Why it will be in the NCAA tourney next season: A loaded recruiting class lends hope that the Wildcats will return to the top of the Pac-12 standings. Arizona loses two of its top three scorers, but brings in the nation's No. 2 class, headed by three five-star big men. C [K]aleb Tarczewski and PFs Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett should transform the Wildcats into a frontcourt-dominated team. There's also a solid incoming freshman guard in Gabe York. The key guy might be holdover G Nick Johnson, a five-star recruit last year who had an inconsistent freshman season. He may be asked to play point guard; can he handle the role? Coach Sean Miller looks as if he will have a big, athletic squad.

There really is a lot to like about this team on paper, although a ton will hinge on just how strong the point guard play is. The wings and forward positions will be solid, but it's tough to go very far without a legitimate ball handler at the college level, as we all saw last season.

For more on the Wildcats, head over to AZ Desert Swarm.

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