Former Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd has had quite the first season as a head coach. Not only did he take Arizona Basketball to the Pac-12 title in the regular season, but his team also doubled down and took home the tournament trophy as well. The 31-3 Wildcats with the hardware in hand found themselves as the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament when the bracket was revealed on Sunday, sitting only behind his good friend and former school.
While the Wildcats didn’t immediately know their opponent when their name popped up on the top seed line in the South Region because they will face the winner of the First Four contest between Wright State and Bryant on Wednesday night, they now know they will battle Wright State on Friday. No matter who the opponent was destined to be, the Wildcats would surely be the heavy favorite, but that doesn’t mean they can just go to the gym and go through the motions when the ball goes up because they are the No. 1 seed.
Lloyd will have his team ready to play and focused on an opponent that is unfamiliar to them, meaning Arizona will have to pay extra attention to the details while they match up what they see on the floor with what they’ve seen on tape scouting the Raiders. Even Arizona will be a heavy favorite in their opening round game, they still need to do the things that have made them successful throughout the season.
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