Basketball

Battle 4 Atlantis next stop for Arizona

The No. 2-ranked Arizona men’s basketball team is headed to the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Paradise Islands, Bahamas during the Thanksgiving break. The tournament will be the Wildcats’ first real test of the season, showcasing matchups with North Carolina State and possibly No. 5 Villanova.  Read more

Fight or flight

 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.  Read more

Standing Tall and Talented

 At 7-foot-1, freshman Deandre Ayton stands above his peers — physically. He towers above the rest of the college basketball world athletically as well.  Read more

First Final Four: 30 years later

 Lute Olson made his first men's Final Four appearance in the spring of 1988. The tournament was the Wildcats' first time playing in the national semifinal game. Sean Miller, today's University of Arizona men's basketball head coach, intends to reach his first Final Four exactly 30 years later.   Read more

A man on a mission

 Allonzo Trier is determined to prove to himself, and to the Wildcat faithful, that he indeed made the right decision to return for his junior year to lead the Wildcats past the Elite Eight for the first time under head coach Sean Miller.  Read more

The real big baller

 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.   Read more

No. 1 or not, pressure crumbles teams

 The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite of many. While the distinction of being preseason No. 1 is quite an honor, it carries with it high expectations and even higher pressure. Assuming at some point during the season Arizona does, in fact, become No. 1, we ask the question: How have previous preseason No. 1’s fared?  Read more

Fan experience: Making the band

 Nothing excites students quite like game day — basketball game day, that is. The prospect of an evening spent in McKale Center cheering on head coach Sean Miller’s men’s basketball team is the definition of an ideal night to many.  Read more

ZonaZoo: What it means for the team

 If there’s one thing we know for sure amid all the uncertainty coming into the 2017–2018 season, it’s that McKale Center will be loud. In large part, that’s thanks to the University of Arizona’s incessant, deafening section that sits behind the hoop on the left side of the court, the ZonaZoo.  Read more

Fan experience: Phyllis Goodman is no rookie

 On game day McKale Center opens its doors for fans to witness Arizona basketball up close and personal. Athletes soaring well above the rim, bright lights and rockin’ music from the band include the entertainment at UA basketball games. However, maybe the most significant entertainment occurs off the court.  Read more