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Arizona basketball moved to 4-0 on the season by defeating the Northern Colorado Bears 71-55 in McKale Center on Monday night. Freshman Lauri Markkanen once again lead the way for the Wildcats, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Northern Colorado Bears lead Arizona 31-30 at halftime.
The fluid puzzle that is Arizona men’s basketball is becoming more and more clear after three games.
The No. 10 Arizona men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Sacred Heart Pioneers 95-65 Friday night in McKale Center. Freshman Lauri Markkanen led the Wildcats with 22 points to go along with six rebounds.
The early signing period for high school basketball recruits closed on Wednesday afternoon, and four high school prospects signed their letters of intent with the Wildcats. Arizona basketball finds itself with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation as of Thursday afternoon.
Arizona basketball is only two games into the season, but it’s already been full of excitement. A victory over Michigan State in the final seconds to open the season followed by a dazzling performance from a pair of freshmen has all of Tucson buzzing for college basketball season.
Arizona basketball scored a 78-66 victory over the Cal-State Bakersfield Roadrunners in the 2016-17 regular season home opener Tuesday night. The Wildcats moved to 2-0 on the season.
After another sloppy start in the game’s opening minutes, Arizona leads Cal-State Bakersfield 44-26 at the end of the first half. Bakersfield opened the game on a 7-2 run, but Arizona had complete control of the game by halftime.
Nothing could go right for the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats early on in their matchup with the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans. Arizona found itself in a 17-2 hole early on, and it was clear that this was a new and inexperienced group.
Arizona basketball kicks off their season this week, and the biggest matchup of the season comes right away. When the Wildcats tip-off against Michigan State and everyone in Tucson, and the nation, will be tuned in. It’s an early test for the Wildcats, and will immediately show the incoming freshman what it takes to compete at the Division I level.
The Markkanen family is no stranger to athletic success.
In the current college basketball landscape, it’s uncommon for a team to have an NBA caliber talent return after their freshman season. In the era of the “one-and-done” athlete, a premium has been placed on continuity for college basketball coaches. Arizona head coach Sean Miller figured to be in quite the position heading in to this season with the return of sophomore Allonzo Trier.
The McKale Center basketball offices are intimidating. Hardwood floors line the halls of both the women’s and men’s offices, and inside the offices are lavish and expansive.
Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson couldn’t score the way Dusan Ristic and Lauri Markkanen can, but they sure could rebound. Rebounding, especially on the defensive end, may hamper Arizona early on this season.
Arizona redshirt freshman Ray Smith injured his right ACL per Arizona Athletics during Tuesday’s exhibition game against the College of Idaho and officially announced his retirement from basketball Thursday afternoon.
Arizona basketball is reeling after a 51-point victory in its first exhibition game. Three key members of the Wildcats won’t be on the floor anytime soon for varying reasons.
Arizona basketball kicked off its season with an 86-35 victory over the College of Idaho Coyotes. Freshman Kobi Simmons led the way in scoring with 17 points and junior Dusan Ristic starred for the Wildcats with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
The Arizona basketball season begins on Nov. 11, but the Wildcats will host two exhibition matchups this week. They face the College of Idaho Coyotes on Tuesday night and the Cal State Chico Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.
Arizona softball completed a sweep this weekend at the Arizona Fall Invitational. The Wildcats hosted the action all weekend, and cruised to five victories in as many games.
Arizona softball hosts the Arizona Fall Invitational this weekend, beginning Friday afternoon.