So is this 2012 or the late 1980s?
Fans from a quarter-century ago would certainly recognize this year's contenders
[+] EnlargeChris Morrison/US PresswireThe bridge from Lute Olson to Sean Miller wasn't exactly smooth, but the latter has the Wildcats on the right track these days.
What they loved about the late '80s:When Lute Olson took over Arizona's program in 1983, he held public scrimmages in high school gyms and walked around with a bullhorn, shouting at fans. "You better get your tickets while you still can," he'd say. "It won't be long until we're the hottest ticket in town." The Wildcats were certainly that in 1988, when players such as Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr led Arizona to its first Final Four. The Wildcats lost to fellow 1-seed Oklahoma, but Olson eventually got his NCAA title when Zona defeated Kentucky for the championship in 1997.
What they'll love about this season:After missing the NCAA tournament two of the past three seasons, Arizona appears poised to contend for both a Pac-12 and an NCAA championship in 2013. Freshmen such as Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley headline one of the nation's top recruiting classes. How they and Xavier transfer Mark Lyons mesh with veterans such as Solomon Hilland Kevin Parrom will be key.
What's old is new again in college hoops - men's college basketball - ESPN
talking about schools that were top tier in the late 80's making a rise back to power. nice mention of our cats, both 88 and current.