After winning the Maui invitational and witnessing a historic 30-point, 13 rebound performance from Oumar Ballo, Arizona will get an early taste of PAC-12 basketball in the first week of December. The Wildcats come into this contest now ranked fourth in the Associated Press Poll and travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on the University of Utah Utes.
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The Arizona men's basketball team and its high-power offense were on full display once again Nov. 21, beating the University of Cincinnati 101-93 in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Wildcats scored 100 points for the third time out of four games this season.
Just a few days before Thanksgiving, the Arizona men's basketball team will make their way to the island of Maui, Hawaii and participate in one of college basketball's most iconic events: the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. A three-day tournament consisting of eight teams will take place at the Lahaina Civic Center, a historical venue that holds just 2,400 seats and has been the tournament's host since 1987.
Monday marked the opening night of college basketball around the country, and Arizona was in full force from the tip-off taking care of Nicholls State University, winning by 42 points. The Wildcats shot a school record 72% from the field, converting 38 shots out of 53 attempts.
The Arizona men's basketball team's first test of the season came against Western Oregon University in the team's only exhibition game. The story of tonight's game was Arizona physically imposing their will against a smaller Wolves team and the emergence of senior transfers Courtney Ramey and Cedric Henderson Jr. as the Wildcats were victorious, 91-61.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, members of the 2022-23 Arizona men’s basketball team spoke to the media for the first time since the start of practices this fall.
Plenty of new faces will be stepping onto the hardwood for University of Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd this November in McKale Center. Lloyd is coming off a 33-win season and was named the Associated Press Men’s Coach of the Year last spring.
There are not many 17-year-old athletes on college campuses. That narrative changed last February at the University of Arizona when Tommy Lloyd and staff acquired Kylan Boswell, the program’s first five-star recruit in the Lloyd era.
1. Oumar Ballo and his body transformation
The Arizona basketball recruiting class is relatively thin for the fall of 2022. Dylan Anderson, a 7-foot-tall center, highlights the group of incomers. From Gilbert, Arizona, Anderson decided to join the Wildcat program to continue his basketball career. Anderson emphasized the strong relationship he and his family have with Arizona coach TJ Benson.
There was a lot of uncertainty in November of 2021 within the Arizona men's basketball program. New head coach Tommy Lloyd was responsible for a group he had not recruited. Lloyd, however, landed transfers Justin Kier, Pelle Larsson and Oumar Ballo to Tucson from their previous schools.
SAN DIEGO —In Arizona’s first NCAA Tournament game, the Arizona men's basketball team was victorious, beating Wright State University 87-70. There were plenty of positives to take away from the game; however, Tommy Lloyd needs to address a few things if the Wildcats want to advance in the next round.
With a conference trophy at stake on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Arizona men's basketball team squared off against the UCLA Bruins, fighting to be the Pac-12 Tournament Champions.
LAS VEGAS —From the tip-off, Arizona was in attack mode on the offensive end. The Wildcats got to the line 10 times in the first half, converting on nine. Azuolas Tubelis got off to a hot start having 18 points in the half. Consequently, Arizona was able to get in the bonus early forcing the Buffaloes to shift their focus to Tubelis, leaving driving lanes open resulting in fouls.
LAS VEGAS —In the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, Arizona faced nine seeded Stanford for the second time in the past week. This game was similar to last Thursday’s matchup in Tucson when Stanford forward Spencer Jones was the answer for the Cardinal all night. Jones lit up the scoreboard with 28 points on 12/18 shooting. However, Arizona continued to counter on the offensive end by getting into the lane, dominating in the paint while outscoring Stanford 42-28 in that area and utilizing Christian Koloko, which ultimately helped them squeeze out the victory.
Team of the week: Arizona gymnastics team
On the back end of a two-game road trip, the Arizona men's basketball team lost to the University of Colorado Boulder 79-63. In the first half, Arizona had a 4 point lead while shooting 13 of 14 from the line.
Team of the week: Arizona men’s basketball
This past summer, a former longtime assistant coach at the University of North Carolina, Steve Robinson, decided to part ways after Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams announced his retirement. Robinson had spent 18 years working in Chapel Hill under Williams, having tremendous success attending eight final fours and winning three national championships.
After a two-game sweep of UCLA and USC over the weekend, the Arizona men's basketball team takes the short hour and a half drive up to Tempe to battle the ASU Sun Devils. The Wildcats were tasked with another brief stint between games, only having one day to prepare for rivals ASU after having one day to get ready for USC.