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Can 'Zona shed 'soft' label in NYC?

Originally Published: November 23, 2004
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Arizona has two games in New York in the Preseason NIT to prove to itself (let alone the cynics) that it's tough enough to contend nationally.

Sunday's 18-point loss at Virginia opened up old wounds that festered last season with criticism the team is soft and lacks overall focus.

The Wildcats, thought to be the class of the Pac-10, finished third last season. They only had one win against a high-major NCAA Tournament team – an early-season 91-83 against Texas in New ...

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