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February 12, 2007
Fading contenders get back off the mat
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If you gave up on Arizona, West Virginia and Boston College this year, think again. This week proved you wrong.
The problem for those three, though, is that next week might prove you right.
Arizona looked like a Final Four contender in December before stumbling at the beginning of the Pac-10 schedule. With three wins in a row, the Wildcats are looking like a tournament team again. USC and UCLA will find out how much Arizona has improved this week.
After Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearances in the last two years, West Virginia is proving it can still win without any of the key players from those teams. The Mountaineers shocked No. 2 UCLA in Morgantown on Saturday, but John Beilein's squad still has something to prove.
Boston College appeared to be in dire straits after the dismissal of starting center Sean Williams in January. However, the Eagles are in first place in the ACC. Boston College's hold on the top spot will be tested this week with visits from Duke and North Carolina.
We'll recap how those three teams returned to the spotlight and what's in store next week for those teams in this week's A Look Back:
David Fox is a national college basketball writer for Rivals.com.