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Arizona Wildcats hoops countdown: We’re at 39 days and counting


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So many stories to fill on Bleacher Report these days.

The Web site went to the depths of picking the first loss of each top 20 program recently.

Arizona’s first projected loss is at Gonzaga on Dec. 5.

The Wildcats will also have scares at home against Boise State (Nov. 19), Michigan State in the finals of the Wooden Legacy (Nov. 29) and against Fresno State (Dec. 9), according to the story. A home game against UNLV on Dec. 19 will not be easy either.

The non-conference schedule is void of many elite teams but it is stocked with good programs, which is perfect for an Arizona team that will be in search of itself under Sean Miller early in the season.

If the Wildcats can go unscathed or lose only one non-conference game heading into the conference schedule, this will be another highly successful season for Miller. The chances of that are likely with a potential game against Michigan State and the showdown at Gonzaga being the only games Arizona might be an underdog.

Gonzaga is 58-2 at home since 2012. Miller has scheduled tough games like this in the past against San Diego State, Michigan and UNLV. It will prove beneficial to Arizona heading into Pac-12 play.

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