The Arizona Wildcats are now 9-0 and ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The Coaches Poll has them behind a 1-loss Louisville team, which got me to thinking— "Are the Wildcats really this good or are they just using smoke and mirrors?"
Arizona coach Sean Miller is in his fourth season at the University of Arizona and ushers in his highest ranking at the helm. This is also the first time that the Wildcats have been in the top five in both polls since Jan. 5, 2004 when they finished the season 20-10 and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Does this year's team have what it takes to go deep into the NCAA Tournament or will they nosedive much like the 2003-04 team that went on to a dismal 11-9 in Pac-10 Conference play?
I will break it all down with reasons that this team is different than that squad and attempt to predict the future—much like the Mayans did oh, so many years ago.