Arizona preview capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 25-9, lost to Wichita State in opening round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Sean Miller
Who's gone: G Gabe York, C Kaleb Tarczewski, F Ryan Anderson, F Mark Tollefsen.
Who's back: G Allonzo Trier was Arizona's third-leading scorer last season at 14.8 points per game, but could be suspended for unspecified reasons. PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright is bigger, stronger and is in his third season under Miller. C Dusan Ristic is one of the most talented offensive big men in the Pac-12 and Miller is expecting him to make big strides at the defensive end. G Kadeem Allen can play point or shooting guard and will provide leadership to a young team. C Chance Comanche will have a bigger role after showing flashes of athleticism last season. F Ray Smith should be a big contributor once he eases back from a second torn ACL.
Who's new: F Lauri Markkanen has the potential to be one of the nation's most impactful freshman. He's an athletic 7-footer who can shoot from the perimeter and has tons of international experience while playing for Finnish national teams. Guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons are exceptionally athletic and should help give Arizona multiple lineup options.
The Skinny: How long Trier is out - if he's out at all - will play a big role early in the season, but expect the Wildcats to compete for the Pac-12 title and a potential deep run in the NCAA Tournament. There is a lot of talent on this team.