It’s hard to believe that wiretapping, scandal, FBI investigations, and $100,000 dollar payments are sports headlines, rather than presidential ones. In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, the Arizona Wildcats are making the big splash right now. This NCAA division 1 program has been riddled with allegations for the better part of the college basketball season.

Still, amid injuries and scandal the Arizona Wildcats find themselves as the number four seed of the south bracket. They’ve got a PAC-12 Championship under their belt, and quite possibly the best player in college basketball, Deandre Ayton. Yet, many experts are counting them out.

Why?

Maybe the scandal is weighing too heavily on the players and head coach Sean Millers shoulders.

Perhaps the lingering minor injuries from a grueling PAC-12 season will just be too much to overcome.

Maybe Deandre Ayton true freshman’s status won’t translate under the pressure of being what will most likely be the number one pick in this year’s upcoming draft.

In a few weeks’ time the Arizona Wildcats might break a record that has never even been recorded.

The record being? The least amount of time spent as a National Champions.

Sure if Arizona wins the National Championship, it will probably be stripped away from them almost instantly once the FBI investigations over. Unless it turns out this whole thing has been one elaborate ruse.But to count them out because of it.

Don’t Count the Arizona Wildcats out

Every team in the final 68 has one reason to play: to raise a National Championship banner. The Arizona Wildcats have a plus one for the dance. Pride.

They’ve been counted out. Analysts have said they don’t have anything to play for; that they are a product within a broken NCAA system that profits off the amateur status of soon-to-be-stars. Some don’t believe that Arizona even belongs in this tournament.

There is no better fuel for burning that inner fire then everyone believing you don’t belong.

Watch:

Deandre Ayton prove his value under the bright lights and goes for 30+ each night.

Wing-man Allonzo Trier catch fire. Trier has averaged 18 points a game this year on .39% shooting from beyond the arch.

The 3pt specialist Parker Jackson-Cartwright continue his .42% shooting from 3pt land.

And don’t be surprised when we see Arizona in the Final Four.

Because they are underdogs, they are hungry.  They are angry, and as winners of their last five straight games in which they haven’t allowed more than 67 points, they are rolling. Noteworthy: their average point differential is at +12.2 points

When a team has nothing more to play for then pride, anything is possible. So Bear Down and rise up Arizona Wildcats.