January 11, 2007

One of few chances left to play reserves

The national analysts are starting to realize something that basketball fans on the West Coast have known for several weeks now - the Pac-10 is the nation's best conference this season.

While that's mostly good, there is one drawback for Arizona. The Wildcats' pre-season schedule was so loaded that the UA coaches never had a chance to get its bench experience, something that could hurt the team in March.

Normally, when you play the No. 1 strength of schedule, as Arizona has to date, you'd think there would be a little bit of a relief at some point. However, for the Wildcats, there really isn't.

In fact, the only games that the UA doesn't need to put up a good effort in and still win will come against Oregon State and Arizona State. With that said, ASU is a rival and you have to come to play against the Sun Devils because the UA games are their biggest two of the season.

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