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  • 165 minutes of basketball led Wildcats to Elite 8

    165 minutes of basketball led Wildcats to Elite 8

    “If we go to the Elite 8, I’m watching it with you.” The next text message from my friend Natasha arrived almost instantly. “*When we go to the Elite 8.” Arizona Wildcat fans have been living on the edge of reality for the last two weeks thanks to a series of heart-stopping contests on the […]
  • Arizona and UConn playing best basketball

    Arizona and UConn playing best basketball

    Cinderella lives in Tucson, wears a No. 23 jersey and dominated Duke on Thursday night. Arizona Wildcats fans can argue they knew Derrick Williams would do this all along, but how many truly believed what this team as a whole was capable of? The excitement and pressure doesn’t stop here, though. The sophomore forward must […]
  • Duke had no answer for Williams early, Arizona as a whole late

    Duke had no answer for Williams early, Arizona as a whole late

    Duke had just scored 44 points and was heading to the locker room with a six-point lead over Arizona in the Sweet 16 on Thursday evening. CBS sideline reporter Leslie Visser caught up with Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski as he headed for the tunnel. First, Coach K did not have the look of a coach […]
  • Cardiac 'Cats renew rivalry with Duke

    Cardiac ‘Cats renew rivalry with Duke

    The Cardiac ‘Cats are back. The fifth seeded Arizona Wildcats (29-7) have returned to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years in the most dramatic of fashion. The men from Tucson escaped from Tulsa needing a last second Derrick Williams block of Wesley Witherspoon to sneak past Memphis 77-75 and a three […]
  • Opportunistic Wildcats look to continue run vs. Duke

    Opportunistic Wildcats look to continue run vs. Duke

    Not many people can say they were expecting this. The NCAA Tournament’s beloved first weekend ended with the Arizona Wildcats among this year’s surprise teams crashing the Sweet Sixteen party. Mike Krzyzewski and his top-seeded Duke Blue Devils now stand in their path. Some fans may find themselves satisfied knowing the Wildcats outdid all other […]
  • Former coach Pennell discusses weekend’s controversies

    Former University of Arizona head basketball coach Russ Pennell stopped by to chat with Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Monday morning. He discussed the first weekend of March Madness and sided with the ref’s decision not to give Texas guard Cory Joseph a timeout in the controversial finish to Sunday’s game against the Wildcats. […]
  • Relieved, Wildcats live to see another day

    Relieved, Wildcats live to see another day

    TULSA, Okla – Derrick Williams averages just under 0.7 blocks per game, not enough to crack the top 250 nationally. Williams’ block of Wesley Witherspoon with 0:02 remaining propelled the no. 5 seed Arizona Wildcats over the no. 12 seed Memphis Tigers 77-75 Friday afternoon. In a tournament highlighted by upsets on day one, Arizona […]
  • Wildcats vs. Tigers in a battle of familiarity

    Wildcats vs. Tigers in a battle of familiarity

    Though it has been a nerve-wracking two years for the Arizona Wildcats basketball program, as advertised, head coach Sean Miller has the program back on track. “Over the long haul, as long as we continue to recruit the right players and treat them right and develop them, success will follow, especially at a place, like […]
  • Former Wildcat Pastner now coaches against them as a Tiger

    Former Wildcat Pastner now coaches against them as a Tiger

    March Madness means dramatic finishes and story lines that could not be invented by the human imagination. The NCAA Selection Committee punctuated that thought Sunday night as they matched the No. 5 seed Arizona Wildcats with the No.12 seed Memphis Tigers. Memphis is led by Arizona alum and a Tucson favorite Josh Pastner. Pastner, who […]
  • Zona faces intriguing matchup against Memphis

    Zona faces intriguing matchup against Memphis

    To advance to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Arizona men’s basketball team will have to beat one of their own: Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. While fans fondly remember Pastner as one of the nation’s top recruiters for legendary coach Lute Olsen, many forget his presence on the 1997 national championship […]
  • Huskies outlast Wildcats in thrilling Pac-10 title game

    Huskies outlast Wildcats in thrilling Pac-10 title game

    LOS ANGELES – Both participants in the 2011 Pac-10 title game were looking to cut the nets down for a second time in a row. For the #15 Arizona Wildcats (27-7, 14-4) they were looking to add to their Pac-10 regular season title. For the Washington Huskies (23-10, 11-7) they were trying to repeat as […]
  • L.A. natives lead Wildcats past Trojans

    LOS ANGELES – If USC was to best Arizona in Los Angeles for the second time in a month, they would have to do so without their head coach. Athletic director Pat Haden suspended Southern California head coach Kevin O’Neill Friday morning for the remainder of the Pac-10 tournament after a verbal altercation with an […]
  • Wildcats finally play well in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES – When the Arizona Wildcats rolled into Los Angeles two weeks ago with the opportunity to close out the Pac-10 they left their offense at home. The Wildcats averaged just 53 points in back-to-back losses at USC and at UCLA while Derrick Williams was held to eight and 15 points, respectively. The 15th […]
  • Champs of regular season, Wildcats prep for tournament(s)

    Champs of regular season, Wildcats prep for tournament(s)

    The Arizona Wildcats mens basketball program is coming off their best [long] weekend in over a decade. On Saturday, the #15 Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) wrapped up the Pac-10 regular season title by defeating the Oregon Ducks 90-82 in front of a sold out McKale Center crowd. On Monday, Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams was honored […]
  • Williams, Miller earn Pac-10 Player and Coach of the Year honors

    Williams, Miller earn Pac-10 Player and Coach of the Year honors

    Heading into the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament, the University of Arizona men’s basketball team now not only boasts the number one seed, but also the Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The league announced the honors Monday, which were rewarded to sophomore forward Derrick Williams […]