December 3, 1997 |
Kansas couldn't erase the memory of last spring, but the Jayhawks did the next best thing. They beat Arizona for a small measure of revenge. "I feel a lot better with this being Arizona. Last year, they ripped our hearts out. It was a devastating loss. We watched the tape just to scout Arizona and it was difficult," Raef LaFrentz said after carrying the second-ranked Jayhawks to a tense, 90-87 victory over No. 4 Arizona last night in the Great Eight in Chicago, which features the final eight teams from last season's NCAA Tournament.
March 7, 1989 |
Arizona was a unanimous choice as the nation's No. 1 college basketball team in the United Press International poll released yesterday and a near- unanimous choice in the Associated Press rankings. The Wildcats (24-3) collected all 41 first-place votes from the UPI board of coaches and 61 of 66 from the AP's panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. La Salle nearly broke into the polls for the first time this season. The Explorers finished 21st in the AP voting. They also received votes from the UPI board, but totals are not included in that poll.
March 19, 1990 |
No sooner had Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson praised the effort the Crimson Tide had set forth against Arizona in the NCAA West Regional and called it a "great win," - no sooner had he spoken those words - when someone asked what he planned to do to stop Loyola Marymont on Friday? Shaking his head in wonder at the 149 points Loyola had scored against defending NCAA champion Michigan - and the 260 points it had totaled in two tournament games over the weekend - Sanderson sighed and said, "I hear the guy who was punching the numbers on the scoreboard is soaking his fingers in ice. " Sanderson paused in thought and added: "They are awfully hard to defend.
March 14, 1997 |
Arizona got a scare, until Miles Simon came along. The junior guard scored nine points in a 22-4 run in the final 7 1/2 minutes as the No. 4 seeded Wildcats overcame a 10-point deficit and beat South Alabama, 65-57, last night in the first round of the Southeast Regional. Simon finished with 11 points. The rally allowed Arizona (20-9) to avoid losing in the first round for the fourth time in six years. "We knew that it was going be a war," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
March 14, 1991 |
Arizona has the dubious distinction of being the No. 2 seed in the regional in which Nevada-Las Vegas is the No. 1 seed. That means the two teams might meet in the West Regional final next week in Seattle. But for now, Arizona, which will play 15th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) tonight, is the top-seeded team for the first and second rounds being played here. Arizona and Seton Hall seem to be the best two teams at this site. Arizona (26-6) was sent here because the first two rounds in the top West bracket are at the Wildcats' home court in Tucson.
March 26, 2011 |
ANAHEIM - Lamont Jones spent last spring break staring at his dorm room walls in Tucson, fuming over Arizona's failure to make the NCAA Tournament after 25 straight trips. Kemba Walker had a few similarly sleepless nights in Storrs when Connecticut also missed the tournament. "It happens to all great programs from time to time, but I just decided I wouldn't go through that again," Walker said. So did Jones, Walker's friend since junior high school. Two dynamic guards from New York have played major roles in getting two perennial powers back to the brink of the Final Four just 1 year after they fell out of the field.
June 2, 2003 |
Matt Williams, the last of the original Diamondbacks and a five-time All-Star with 378 career home runs, has played his final game for Arizona. The Diamondbacks announced yesterday that the third baseman has been designated for assignment. The move follows the team's acquisition of third baseman Shea Hillenbrand from Boston for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim. "With the trade for Hillenbrand, it became apparent there just wasn't going to be any meaningful playing time for Matty," general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said.
December 22, 1999 |
The rabid New Mexico fans had been grumbling as new coach Fran Fraschilla got off to a slow start. A 70-68 victory at Arizona should quiet them for a while. "We were 5-5 in here and people were down on us, even in our own city," New Mexico's John Robinson said. "This will help us a great deal. " No kidding. The third-ranked Wildcats had won 37 in succession at home, the fourth-longest streak in major college basketball. "It's just a great win for what has also been a storied basketball program at New Mexico," Fraschilla said "It's a great win for our players because they've got a new coaching staff, and it's a great way to move into the next part of Lobo history.
February 11, 2013 |
ALLEN CRABBE scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and visiting California held its composure down the stretch to knock off No. 7 Arizona, 77-69, Sunday night. Cal (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) trailed 38-33 at the half but began the second half with a 17-2 run to take a 50-40 lead. The Wildcats clawed back on several occasions but never led. Crabbe and Cobbs combined for 36 of the Golden Bears' final 44 points. Arizona (20-3, 8-3)
March 18, 1996 |
Memo to Jim Harrick, Phil Martelli, and everyone else who thinks Arizona leads an unduly charmed college basketball life: The Wildcats are in the Sweet 16. Playing about two hours from home, the Wildcats fed off the energy of their fans - who made up more than half of the sellout crowd of about 14,000 at the University Activity Center yesterday - and blitzed Iowa, 87-73, in the second round of the NCAA West Regional. The Wildcats (25-6) advanced to the regional semifinal in Denver.