Arizona's re-emergence onto the national scene—and the NCAA tournament radar, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi—was further solidified with a double-digit rout of Colorado at the McKale Center Thursday night.
As Sean Miller noted following last week's potentially season-turning victory in Berkeley over Cal (one of the heavy favorites to win the conference):
Just a week later, that seems like an understatement, with Arizona vaulting into the thick of the Pac-12 regular-season title chase with a 71-57 domination of a hot Colorado squad.
Two weeks after falling in Boulder by one point—impressive considering the team went 3-for-20 from the three-point line—the second matchup was dictated by the Wildcats, with star-in-the-making forward Solomon Hill totaling 16 points and 14 rebounds.
And now Arizona is starting to appear the aggressor, a role it played well last season.
Here are five crucial reasons Arizona is firmly back in the NCAA tournament picture: