Wildcats ready to regroup without Williams

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The University of Arizona men's basketball team lost star forward Derrick Williams and point guard Lamont Jones from last season.

A talented group of freshman may help the Wildcats keep winning without them.

Led by a solid core of experienced players and another superb recruiting class by coach Sean Miller, Arizona is looking to make another deep run in the playoffs despite losing two starters from a year ago.

The Wildcats went 30-8 last season and came within seconds of reaching the Final Four, but lost Williams to the NBA and Jones to a transfer.

Expectations haven't dropped too far in the desert, though, thanks to talented freshmen Josiah Turner, Nick Johnson, Angelo Chol and Sidiki Johnson, not to mention a deep pool of players with NCAA tournament experience.