One of the biggest questions — if not the biggest — in the Pac-12 this upcoming season is what can Arizona do to follow up last year’s success under Tommy Lloyd?

Arizona roared to a 33-4 record, a sweep of the Pac-12 championships, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a trip to the Sweet 16. But the Wildcats have to replace three NBA Draft picks. Not easily done in a year’s time, and Lloyd is still a young coach trying to prove himself as one of the game’s best.

In ESPN’s mega preview of the upcoming Pac-12 season, a panel including Joe Lunardi, John Gasaway, Myron Medcalf, and Jeff Borzello, the Wildcats were a primary focus. The group was asked for their thoughts on Arizona in Year 2 under Lloyd. Here’s what each of them had to say:

Lunardi: Not only did Arizona win the Pac-12 unexpectedly, not only did the Wildcats grab an NCAA regional No. 1 seed, they were the second overall seed — trailing only Gonzaga, where Lloyd spent the previous two decades riding shotgun to Mark Few. One could argue Lloyd is the first man to ever assemble the nation’s top two teams in the same season.

The 2022-23 Wildcats will not be as individually talented as last season’s, but a half dozen guys who played 20-plus minutes return. That’s a lot of experience from a 33-win team, so it’s not unreasonable to once again reach the second weekend. This time, though, they’ll be the hunter instead of the hunted top seed. And that kind of vengeance would be very sweet indeed.

Gasaway: Lloyd brought a bit of Gonzaga south last year in the form of incredibly accurate team-wide 2-point shooting: Arizona connected on 58% of its tries inside the arc in Pac-12 play. That stat will take a hit with Bennedict Mathurin, Dalen Terry and Christian Koloko gone, but not too much. Azuolas Tubelis is still around, as are Oumar Ballo and Pelle Larsson. In addition, Texas transfer Courtney Ramey will supply help from the perimeter. Arizona and UCLA are the co-favorites for the league.

Medcalf: Based on Mathurin’s highlight reel plays from the Indiana Pacers’ NBA preseason games, the Wildcats will definitely miss his bounce and sheer talent. Overall, 45.1 PPG (Mathurin, Koloko, Terry and Justin Kier) from last season is gone. You can’t recoup that. But I think Ramey, who finished with a 13.1% turnover rate in Big 12 action last season, can be a capable ball handler for the Pac-12 title contenders. Still, a squad with Kerr Kriisa (9.7 PPG) and Ramey in the backcourt, and Tubelis (13.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG), Larsson (Pac-12 sixth man of the year) and Ballo, is stacked enough to earn a strong seed on Selection Sunday — assuming Arizona can maintain its defensive success (21st in adjusted defensive efficiency on KenPom last season).

Borzello: Arizona was truly elite offensively most of last season, with Lloyd bringing in a faster-paced system predicated on sharing the ball and scoring at will around the rim. Of course, he had three top-35 NBA draft picks to help. So some of last year’s complementary pieces will need to take on bigger roles. Those around the program expect a breakout campaign from Larsson, and Ballo continues to improve down low. Whether Arizona can push UCLA for a league title will likely come down to the young additions: freshmen Dylan Anderson and Henri Veesaar, and seldom-used returnee Adama Bal.

The panel picked Arizona to finish second in the Pac-12 this season, with UCLA the unanimous pick to win the league.

After losing to the Bruins by 16 in Los Angeles, Arizona took both of the last two meetings — the last of which was for the Pac-12 Tournament championship. The new season gets rolling on Nov. 7 against Nicholls. The Wildcats host the Bruins on Jan. 21 and then travel to Pauley Pavilion in L.A. on the final day of the regular season (March 4).