Arizona’s biggest non-conference home game of the year came down to the final seconds on the clock, just like the last two games. And in similar fashion, the Wildcats emerged from the other side with a victory, this time an 88-82 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here were some of the biggest storylines from Saturday night’s win:
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For the fifth time in six seasons under head coach Rich Rodriguez, Arizona football is going bowling. On Sunday, the team was selected to participate in the Foster Farms Bowl against Purdue (6-6) on December 27 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Arizona men’s basketball outlasted No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64 in the Valley of the Sun Shootout using a formula that had been foreign to it seven games into the season: defense. It’s what an Arizona basketball game usually feels like but had disappeared until now. “I thought this was our best defensive effort of the year,” head coach Sean Miller said.
Initially it appeared as if the Wildcats were on their way to losing a fourth game in five tries after a sluggish first half. But Arizona eventually found its way in the second half, force feeding Deandre Ayton in the low post, who scored ten points in the final 20 minutes of regulation, and forcing turnovers on defense.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Weeks prior to the Bahamas fiasco, head coach Sean Miller said his team’s defense and effort needed to improve. Despite Arizona blowing out Long Beach State 91-56 in its return to the comforts of the McKale Center, those same issues resurfaced and Sean Miller made it clear that this was hardly a step in the right direction for his team.
In just her second season as the Arizona women’s basketball head coach, Adia Barnes has positioned the University of Arizona to be among the future staples of college basketball recruiting, possibly joining the likes of Connecticut and Tennessee
The Arizona Wildcats (7-4) and Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5) enter this year’s Territorial Cup with a lot at stake. The winner will get a higher quality bowl game and end the season the second place in the Pac-12 South. Here’s how each team can come away victorious and hold the cup when the clock hits triple-zeros.
The confines of Sun Devil Stadium, situated 113 miles north of Arizona Stadium, have been an unfriendly place to the Arizona Wildcats since head coach Rich Rodriguez took over in 2012. The 2017 chapter will be written this Saturday in Tempe where the home team has won the last four matchups. Who will be crowned “King of the North” this year?
The Nassau, Bahamas native, who spent the earlier part of the week speaking to students of Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy about what it meant to come home to play, put on a show in his return.
Both Arizona (7-4, 5-3) and Arizona State (6-6, 5-3) will come into the game unranked, but there’s plenty up for grabs besides the annual bragging right. The winner will end the season at second place in the Pac-12 South standings and lock up a higher quality bowl game.
On Nov. 16, a 51-second video released by the ASU Police Department showed an aggravated assault from a February incident that took place during a rugby match between Arizona State and the University of Arizona at the SDFC practice fields in Tempe.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Whether the Lorenzo Romar effect is ahead of schedule or Sean Miller had a change of heart in coaching philosophy, one thing is certain: Arizona is playing a style of basketball equivalent to the air raid offenses of college football that is a far cry from the typical Sean Miller teams of recent memory.
Think the 2016 Territorial Cup game was impressive? Check this stat line out: Arizona put on a masterful ground display to the tune of a new school record with 534 yards.
Arizona assistant coach Mark Phelps was suspended for five days without pay for a violation of the NCAA rules and forward Keanu Pinder was suspended for one game for also violating the NCAA rules.
In today’s one-and-done mentality in college basketball, it is rare to see a four or five-year player starting at a program with as much prowess as Arizona. In recent years, Wildcat fans have seen the likes of Kadeem Allen, Kaleb Tarczewski, Gabe York and T.J. McConnell play as seniors in Tucson. And for every senior, there’s always a freshman who leaves school to pursue the NBA, such as Stanley Johnson or Lauri Markkanen.
LOS ANGELES — In a fight for Pac-12 South supremacy, the No. 22 Arizona Wildcats were outmatched by the No. 17 USC Trojans and came up short of comeback in a 49-35 loss. The loss drops Arizona football to an overall record of 6-3 (4-2 in Pac-12), but on the bright side, it don’t drop in the Pac-12 standings and remain at second place.
Zerrenner was making her way into the second of three loops in the 6,000 kilometer race during the 2016 Pac-12 Cross Country Championship in Tucson, Ariz. and told herself to keep pushing harder. That’s when she thought she saw an unmistakable figure sneak into her view, her mom Melinda.
The 58-37 victory over the Cougars keeps Arizona at second place in the Pac-12 South standings with a 4-1 conference record, but more importantly it means the Wildcats are bowl eligible for the first time since the 2015 season as they are now 6-2 overall.
Arizona Wildcats defeated the California Golden Bears in double-overtime by a final score of 45-44. Freshman linebacker Colin Schooler broke up a two-point conversion pass in the back of the end zone to seal a Wildcat victory in Berkeley, Calif.
Just a week after rewriting the college football record books, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate had another performance to remember in just his second career college start. The 18-year-old sophomore completed 9-13 passes for 148-yards and a touchdown and complemented that with 234-yards on the ground with two touchdowns.