Expectations High as Arizona Takes on Humboldt St
Put on your red and blue and get excited, the 2012-13 college basketball season is about to begin! Arizona welcomes seven newcomers, including a freshman class that ranks in the top three nationally. The heralded recruits join a solid core of returnees: Kevin Parrom, Nick Johnson, Angelo Chol, and All Pac-12 selection Solomon Hill. This blend of new and veteran talent has Wildcat fans’ expectations soaring.
Arizona will look to start the exhibition portion of its season strong when it welcomes Division II Humboldt State to McKale Center tomorrow. Last year, the Wildcats struggled to a listless 60-51 victory over the Lumberjacks.
Viewers won’t recognize this year’s Humboldt State squad, as it features an entirely new starting lineup. The Lumberjacks will bring their own highly regarded (at the Division II level) seven-man recruiting class to Tucson.
Humboldt State already has a game under its belt, as it destroyed Pacific Union College 87-45 on Thursday. Sophomore Ethan Dillard led the way with 16 points. Guard Bryan Austin, the Lumberjack’s top returning scorer, chipped in just five points. No Humboldt State player logged more than 17 minutes.
Expect the upgrade in competition to overwhelm the young Lumberjacks when they face Arizona. Sean Miller should have ample opportunity to experiment with different lineups, which will be interesting to see as he has a stable of versatile players.
Prediction: The Wildcats only recorded a single victory by 30 or more points last season, including exhibitions. They have the size, talent, and depth to equal that total on game one this year: Arizona by 35.