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Updated Mar 24, 2014 - 3:33 pm Writer: Arizona is new top overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Arizona head coach Sean Miller, right, greets Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, left, as he leaves the game during the second half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Diego. Arizona won, 84-61. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

It was no surprise that Arizona was named a no. 1 seed in the West region of the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.

Now with only 16 teams left, college basketball writer Myron Medcalf has re-seeded the field and says that the Wildcats are deserving of the top overall seed, based on their first and second-round performances -- replacing Florida as his true no. 1 seed.

Arizona toyed with Weber State in the round of 64. That was expected. But Gonzaga was a legitimate opponent as a No. 8 seed that appeared to possess the tools to give Arizona a fight. That didn't happen. The Wildcats topped the Zags by 23 points in a lopsided win that allowed them to showcase their championship potential. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Aaron Gordon each finished with 18 points. Nick Johnson, a shooting guard, had four blocks. Arizona is athletic and versatile and ranked No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Ken Pomeroy. The Wildcats played better than any team in the field this weekend.

Arizona cruised in their first game of the NCAA Tournament, defeating 16th-seeded Weber State 68-59 behind Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson's 18 points and a team total of 12 blocks.

The Wildcats advanced to the round of 32, and won against eighth-seeded Gonzaga 84-61, outscoring the Bulldogs 31-2 off turnovers, to push forward to the Sweet Sixteen.

Arizona is slated to play fourth-seeded San Diego State on March 27, in Anaheim, CA for a chance to play in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2011. If the Wildcats advance, they will play the winner of Baylor and Wisconsin for a trip to the Final Four.


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