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Originally Published: November 1, 2013
By Jeff Goodman and Seth Greenberg | ESPN The Magazine

5. Arizona Wildcats

Joe Lunardi's projected NCAA tourney seed: 2
Returning minutes: 44 percent

What you know: With five top-25 recruits the past two years, including Aaron Gordon (No. 4, ESPN 100) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (No. 21), Zona is ready for its close-up.

What you should know: PG T.J. McConnell, a pass-first transfer who can shoot (43 3PT percentage at Duquesne in 2011-12), will be a stable presence early while coach Sean Miller experiments with the 6'9" Gordon at SF. Hollis-Jefferson (6'7", 215) and his go-go-gadget arms will give Miller a lockdown defender in the mold of Stacey Augmon.

Around the basket: With two slashers like Hollis-Jefferson and Gordon, the Cats should see their easy buckets rise to 2010-11 levels, when Derrick Williams owned the paint.

Short jumpers: The Cats' motion O will allow Miller to isolate Gordon on the block. When the rim is guarded, look for Gordon and junior G Nick Johnson to pull up for a short J.

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