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No. 2 Arizona Looking Good, Building for Future

The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats are 3-0 so far this season and have been passing the tough tests that have come their way. Starting off undefeated in the first three games, the Wildcats showed their most impressive win over No. 5 Kansas, 72-40.

In the Wildcats win over UC Irvine, 71-54, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, scored 19 points. However, the Wildcats didn’t have as easy of a time dominating their opponent that game as they did against Kansas. The Anteaters were leading 46-45 with less than eight minutes left in the game when their leading player and game changer, Mamadou Ndiaye, got his fourth foul and was out for the remainder of the game. This was enough for Arizona to pick up the pace on offense to go on and win the game. Immediately after Ndiaye was out, the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run.

To stay competitive the rest of the season, the Wildcats have to dominate the opponents that are supposed to be easier games and wins. They can’t just win and they can’t just keep things close. To continue to intimidate the rest of their competition in the top 25 like they already did to Kansas. Those big wins with big margins will help their case when March comes around.

The Wildcats have appeared in the Final Four, four times in school and NCAA tournament history, winning in 1997. They are building for the future as well. This past week, Arizona received a commitment from five star recruit, T.J. Leaf. Leaf’s commitment is definitely helping Arizona meet their goal of having the top recruiting class in both 2015 and 2016. Leaf picked Arizona over schools such as Michigan, Duke, Florida and UCLA and was the number 15 ranked recruit in his class.

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