March 21, 1992 |
Every year since 1986, when Arkansas-Little Rock beat Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a No. 14 seeded team has taken out a No. 3 seed. Why do you think they call it March Madness? And last night, No. 14 East Tennessee State - whose previous claim to fame was extending one of the four top seeds, Oklahoma, all the way to a one-point game in the opening round in 1989 - extended the improbable streak to seven straight seasons, by knocking off No. 3 Arizona, 87-80, in a Southeast Regional opener at the Omni.
January 20, 1991 |
Hard work and good intentions were just not enough yesterday for the Villanova Wildcats. The Arizona Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in the country, were briefly confused by the hustling Villanova defense. But the visitors regrouped, displaying brutal efficiency in shredding that defense on their way to a 72-64 triumph at duPont Pavilion. The atmosphere was electric at the Main Line gym. An hour and 10 minutes before game time, students were lined up four across from the doors into the street.
December 31, 1998 |
Arizona can hurt opponents with finesse or force. The sixth-ranked Wildcats used both to win their 14th championship in the 14-year-old Fiesta Bowl Classic. Jason Terry had 21 points and seven assists and fouled out Raja Bell, Florida International's best player, and A.J. Bramlett muscled his way to 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated the visiting Panthers, 91-75, last night. Bramlett attained double figures in points and rebounds for the sixth time this season and 16th time in his career, and freshmen Richard Jefferson and Michael Wright scored 17 points each for the Wildcats, whose 8-0 start matches their best since 1987-88.
July 7, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department yesterday sued Arizona over its tough new immigration law, charging the state with crossing a "constitutional line" that would undermine the federal government's efforts to monitor illegal aliens. In its lawsuit, filed in Phoenix, the Justice Department explained that the federal government has the strict and sole authority to create national immigration policy. "Arizona's immigration policy . . . exceeds a state's role with respect to aliens, interferes with the federal government's balanced administration of the immigration laws, and critically undermines U.S. foreign policy objectives," the department said.
March 18, 1996 |
Arizona, a team accustomed to quick exits from the NCAA Tournament, might be in it for the long haul this time. The reasons: quickness and the ability to shoot three-pointers. The Wildcats, losers in the first round in three of the previous four years, used both to defeat Iowa, yesterday, 87-73, in the second round of the West Regional yesterday. Arizona knocked down seven three-pointers in the first 14 1/2 minutes and ran Iowa silly to gain a berth in the regional semifinals against Kansas in Denver Friday.
January 5, 2002 |
Thirteen days after handing Arizona its most lopsided loss of coach Lute Olson's 19 seasons at the school, Oregon beat the 15th-ranked Wildcats again. Only a three-pointer by Will Bynum with 23.9 seconds to play prevented it from being Arizona's worst home loss of the Olson era as the Ducks beat the Wildcats, 90-80, last night. Luke Ridnour set career highs with six three-pointers and 23 points as the unranked Ducks (10-3, 3-0 Pac-10) won at McKale Center for the first time since 1985, a span of 16 consecutive losses.
February 7, 1989 |
For the fourth consecutive week, a new team claimed the No. 1 ranking in the wire services' men's college basketball polls yesterday, when Arizona vaulted into the top spot, unseating Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated California and Washington last week to move to No. 1. They were fourth in the Associated Press poll of writers and broadcasters last week, but the three teams ahead of them - Oklahoma, Illinois and North Carolina - all lost. Arizona was ranked third last week in the United Press International poll of coaches.
June 26, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row, and Arizona beat two-time and defending national champion South Carolina, 5-1, in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night. Wade (11-3) limited the Gamecocks to six hits in a steady outing to help the Wildcats (47-17) move within a win of their first national championship since 1986 and fourth overall. The Gamecocks (49-19) must beat Arizona twice to become the first team since Southern California in the early 1970s to win three championships in a row. Refsnyder, batting .444 (8 of 18)
January 29, 2012 |
WILL PARKS now has a new opinion about how much influence college coaches have on high school football players' decisions. "I always thought it was 80 percent," he said. "Now I'm going with 85. " The 6-1, 175-pound Parks, a first-team Daily News All-City defensive back from Germantown, has switched his commitment from Pitt to Arizona. He gives much of the credit to assistant Tony Gibson, who recently joined Arizona's staff and beforehand coached at - you got it - Pitt.