Arizona Basketball: 5 Reasons the Wildcats Will Be Dangerous in March

Scott RussellContributor IIFebruary 26, 2012

Arizona Basketball: 5 Reasons the Wildcats Will Be Dangerous in March

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    The Wildcats are showing that 2012 is not a lost cause and there is reason to look forward to March for Arizona men's basketball.

    A road game against in-state rival ASU is all that separates Arizona from the Pac-12 conference tournament and one last chance to make the Big Dance.

    If the Cats fall short then they'll become a top contender in the NIT, which might not be the worst thing for a team that could use postseason experience for the future.

    March is the most exciting time of the year for college basketball fans and Arizona will give its fans a month to remember thanks to the following reason.

5. The Fogg Is Rising

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    Kyle Fogg played his best in his final home games as an Arizona Wildcat.

    Fogg grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 16 points Thursday against USC and ended his career at The McKale Center with 16 second half points in Satuday's win over UCLA.

    Arizona has been looking for a leader and Fogg is showing that he is ready to step up.

    Fogg's confidence is at an all-time high, which bodes well for the Wildcats heading into March.

4. Getting Hot at the Right Time

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    The Wildcats have won five of their last six games. Going into the Pac-12 Conference Tournament with momentum is something that Arizona needed and they got it.

    Washington and Cal have also been on fire, but Arizona beat Cal on the road, the Cats and the Huskies.

    Arizona goes into March with a full head of steam.

3. Josiah Turner's Improved Play

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    Turner had arguably his best game of the season this past Thursday against USC, scoring 15 points while dishing out seven assists. 

    The freshman point guard has made big strides as of late and has shown the ability to take over games with his quickness and court vision.

    Turner can make the Wildcats a dangerous team come March if he continues to play at this level.

2. The Return of Jordin Mayes

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    Jordin Mayes has been missed this season and the Wildcats welcomed him back at a great time.

    Mayes made 45.3 percent of his three-point shots a season ago and adding a shooter to the mix of Lavender and Fogg will spell danger for opponents.

    Mayes was made four shots from three-point range in last year's NCAA tournament win over Texas and he displayed his ability to play on the big stage.

    Having Mayes back gives Arizona much-needed depth at guard.

1. Arizona Is Under-the-Radar

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    The Wildcats are on the bubble at the moment for making the Big Dance, but that might be a good thing.

    Let's remember that Sean Miller coached last year's team to the Elite-8 and a majority of the key contributors are back.

    The run that Arizona made a year ago was unexpected and this March could be more of the same.

    The Wildcats role as an underdog will provide a chip on the shoulder that could be the spark necessary for another run in March.