by AzCatFan » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:20 pm
The great thing about the Tournament is anything can happen. Who would have predicted our run in 1997? How about Florida in 2006, after not making it out of the first weekend between 2002 and 2005? Or Florida Gulf Coast, George Mason, Butler, etc.?
Teams can and do catch "lightning in a bottle." Maybe we eek out a win against Vandy/WSU, have a hot game against Miami, and York goes crazy like he did against CAL and Stanford and before we know it, we're in the Final Four. Crazy? Yes. Impossible? No.
To me, the key to college basketball success is looking at the big picture. And it tells me if you are a yearly tournament lock and consistently get high seeds (not NCSU under Sendek), eventually, you will catch lightning and find yourself in a Final Four. Lute had a few down years as a #5 or #4 seed, and yes, some unexplainable first round flameouts. But in-between, he had four Final Fours and a Championship. Under Miller, I see no reason why we aren't in a similar pattern. A "down" year as a #4-#6 seed, but most years, we'll be on top. And eventually, as long as we keep knocking on the Final Four door, we'll break it down. And when we do, I think it's likely we'll be a Final Four regular, and might even have a period of Arizona basketball even better than ever before.