The Arizona Wildcats basketball team is in full-throttle, notching its school-record seventh consecutive No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday morning.
The Wildcats have 13 regular-season games remaining to keep their goal alive of winning the Pac-12 title and becoming the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. Their chance for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament is very much a realistic opportunity with February around the corner.
Between now and the Pac-12 tournament, the Arizona Wildcats' No. 1 ranking will be seriously challenged by a handful of conference teams. Chances are, the Wildcats will lose at least two or three games when the final weekend of the regular-season is complete at the Oregon schools on March 8.
The Pac-12's unbalanced schedule means the Arizona Wildcats do not make a return trip to face Washington, which is always dangerous in Seattle. Furthermore, UCLA does not play in Tucson this season. The Bruins, who lost to Arizona at Pauley Pavilion two weeks ago, won at McKale Center last year.
With Washington and UCLA out of the picture, which teams have a realistic shot of beating the Arizona Wildcats?
Colorado was a good choice to do the trick in Boulder, Colo., and at McKale Center before star guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending knee injury. Now the Buffaloes are a middle-tier team in the Pac-12, at best.
The Buffaloes face Arizona in Tucson Thursday in what would have been the game of the year of the Pac-12 to this point.
Others should prove to be formidable, including Cal, which like Arizona has yet to lose a conference game. Traps on the road include Stanford, ASU, Oregon and, believe it or not, Utah and Oregon State.
The Utes play at Arizona on Sunday night, but even if they lose they know a rematch at Salt Lake City awaits Feb. 19. The Beavers have three of the more talented players in the Pac-12 with Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Eric Moreland, all of whom can advance to the next level.
The following slideshow indicates what teams could upset Arizona down the stretch.