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Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

Arizona vs. UCLA: Previewing the Wildcats and the Bruins by the numbers

After nearly knocking off the Huskies last week, can the Wildcats get over the hump against the Bruins? We dove into the numbers to find out. Every week, we take a look at some of the numbers underlying the Arizona Wildcats’ upcoming match-up. This week, we took a look at the UCLA Bruins’ pass defense, how their strengths stack up against Arizona, and whether the Wildcats have a chance to pull out the win on the road. 26% - Arizona’s win probability per S&P+ The advanced stats give Arizona a 26% chance of winning this game. That’s slightly higher than the odds were last week against...
Arizona Desert Swarm 14 hours ago

Arizona football recruiting: Wildcats land Mater Dei defensive lineman Austin Faoliu

Arizona is adding nice size on the defensive line The Arizona Wildcats now have 27 commitments for the 2017 recruiting class, after 2-star defensive lineman Austin Faoliu announced his pledge to Rich Rodriguez via his Twitter account: #BEARDOWN #Aiga pic.twitter.com/5Dz9cqcMrH — Austin Faoliu (@Faoliu_10) September 28, 2016 Arizona has a glaring need for big bodies on the defensive line, and Faoliu can deliver just that with his 6-foot-3, 265-pound frame. He hails from Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA), which is the same school as current 3-star safety commit Xavier Bell. Mater...
Arizona Desert Swarm 16 hours ago

AZ Desert Swarm Week Four College Pick’em results

Some new blood at the top of our standings After a tough week of games to pick, we have some new names up at the top of our College Pick’em standings. Here’s a look at where we stand after the fourth week of games. Congrats to Strommunism for taking a commanding lead heading into the final week of this first group of games. And shoutout to Charles for being in second. Two people scored above 50 last week. Those were tgstack and eckaz1. As a group, we also moved into 177th among all groups on ESPN, so good job with that as well. This is the last week of the first five-week...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Week Four Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings

How does the conference look after one week of Pac-12 play? After one week of conference play, there were some surprises, and some teams that made statements. Thanks to teams actually playing each other, we got a little clarity of how the conference stands right now. With 50 of our readers casting votes this week, here’s how they voted out this week’s power rankings. The top three remain unchanged from last week, and I give credit to our readers for moving an undefeated ASU team up to 4th from 9th. It’s actually interesting that the teams are completely in order by...
Arizona Desert Swarm 21 hours ago

Wildcat Radio: Arizona vs. UCLA football preview

The guys chat about the upcoming UCLA game and give their Pac-12 picks. Click the play button below and subscribe for free to get new episodes straight to your phone, tablet, or computer on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and other podcast catchers. Wildcat Radio's Bryant and Rick are joined by Arizona Desert Swarm's Ronnie to breakdown last week’s overtime loss to the Washington Huskies. The boys preview the upcoming game between the Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins. The team also discusses the upcoming week of Pac-12 action including picks against the Las Vegas spread for each game...
Arizona Desert Swarm 23 hours ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: UCLA staying the course with its offense

Despite early season struggles, the Bruins are sticking to the new plan Rich Rodriguez alluded to the different offensive system the UCLA Bruins will bring to the field against the Arizona Wildcats this year, and that system has caught some heat after their last couple of games. But the Bruins are staying patient with the new system, and are sticking with it. Several times on Tuesday, UCLA QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo used the phrase “staying the course” when referring to Josh Rosen and the new offense. Hopefully their watered bamboo doesn’t decide to start growing like crazy this...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Arizona football roundtable: On encouraging signs and how the Wildcats will fare in the Pac-12

How do we see this team now after one Pac-12 game? There are no such things as moral victories in the Arizona Wildcats locker room, but their Pac-12 opener against the Washington Huskies has put the doom and gloom talk on mute for at least a week. So what was the most encouraging part of the performance? And how does that change how we feel about how the team will do in the rest of the Pac-12 schedule? We discuss that in this week’s roundtable. Be sure to let us know your thoughts below! Jason Bartel: What was the most encouraging takeaway from Saturday’s game? Gabe Encinas: This team...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Arizona football: Zach Hemmila’s death ruled accident, result of toxic combination of medications

The Pima County Medical Examiner released its findings on the late Wildcat Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Zach Hemmila passed away in his sleep the night of August 7th or the morning of August 8th at the age of 22. The Pima County Medical Examiner released its autopsy findings on Tuesday. Hemmila’s death was ruled an accident, and the result of a toxic combination of a painkiller (oxymorphone) and an anxiety medication (alprazolam). Alprazolam is better known as the drug Xanax. JUST IN: Pima Co. Medical Examiner rules death of @UofA football player Zach Hemmila due to combined toxic...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Arizona Tuesday Twitterbag: Examining the Wildcats’ running back situation

This is obviously the biggest question mark facing the team right now Heading into the year, you could have made the argument that running back was the Arizona Wildcats’ strength. Two injuries and 11 counts of domestic violence later, the Wildcats are moving wide receivers to running back, and walk-ons are close to playing. You had plenty of questions about the situation on Twitter for our Tuesday Twitterbag, so let’s talk it out. As always, be sure to follow us @azdesertswarm and tweet us your questions on Monday nights and Tuesday mornings to be included in this. @azdesertswarm Any...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Will Parks gets his first career NFL interception

Here’s a look at how some former Wildcats performed in Week 3 Week 3 of the NFL is now in the books and there was a first for one former Arizona Wildcat. Here is a look at how all the former Wildcats did in their Week 3 games. Will Parks, S (#34), Denver Broncos Parks had himself quite a game on Sunday. He racked up two tackles, a PBU, and, more importantly, his first career interception. Denver won 29-17 over the Cincinnati Bengals. "We ain't called the 'No Fly' for no reason!" - @phillywill11https://t.co/aUAFIYp5Sv— Broncos TV (@BroncosTV) September 26, 2016 2016 Stat Line: 3...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Arizona basketball recruiting: Updating the Wildcats’ big board, Red-Blue visitors and more

Updating you on the latest developments in the 2017 and 2018 class Things are starting to heat up recruiting-wise for the Arizona Wildcats. Sean Miller and the staff have been zipping all over the country, letting recruits know they are a priority. Below are the latest updates, though nothing to blow your socks off: Player Updates: Sean Miller visited Nick Richards who is currently “considering every school” right now. Kentucky, UConn, and Indiana were also mentioned by the five-star center, though his official top five also includes Syracuse. I talked to Hamidou Diallo’s coach...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 27, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Collegiate Baseball ranks Arizona’s 2016 recruiting class fourth in the nation

The 2016 CWS runner-ups have a lot of talent coming in this year The 2016 Arizona Wildcats baseball team ended up being a good one in the postseason, but there’s plenty of reason to believe the 2017 version will be even better. Not only will it be Jay Johnson’s second year in Tucson, but the talent influx is at an elite level. On Monday, Collegiate Baseball released its top recruiting classes, and Arizona checks in at No. 4 thanks to six MLB draftees, headlined by Nick Quintana. "We are honored to receive this ranking from Collegiate Baseball," Johnson said. "We are excited about how...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 26, 2016

Arizona basketball recruiting: Sean Miller meets with five-star guard Hamidou Diallo

We caught up with Diallo’s coach who updated us on his recruitment. There are few players in the nation who are better than Hamidou Diallo. To be exact, there are only nine of them according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, which place him at No. 10 overall and tops among all shooting guards. At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Diallo is in a class of his own in the open court, exciting crowds with mammoth dunks and the ability to put defenders on skates with shifty ball handling skills. At Putnam Science Academy last year, Diallo helped lead his team to a 37-4 record and a berth in the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 26, 2016

Pac-12 Round-Up: First full week of conference play gives a couple surprises

Utah, Washington, Stanford, and Arizona State remain undefeated while Colorado finally breaks through. The Arizona Wildcats lost in an overtime thriller to the Washington Huskies 35-28 Saturday night. In a game where the Wildcats fared better than a lot thought they would, they came up just short against the ninth-ranked Huskies. In a Saturday which marked the first conference game for most teams, the favorites mostly prevailed in week four. The first week in conference play led to some really close games, but first let's start with the only non-conference game the Pac -12 had this...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 26, 2016

Arizona football: Utah game time set for 7 PM PT

Yet another late start On Sunday, we found out that the Arizona Wildcats will be playing the UCLA Bruins at 7:30 PM PT this weekend. Well, on Monday, we found out that they will play the Utah Utes at 7 PM PT, 8 PM Utah time. Our Oct. 8 game at Utah will be televised by @FS1 beginning at 8 p.m. MDT (7 p.m. in Tucson). #BearDown— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) September 26, 2016 This will be the earliest Arizona has started a game this year, which is kind of amazing. The announcement does at least put the Wildcats on a more wide-reaching network for the second-straight week. The UCLA...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 26, 2016

Arizona men’s tennis: Will Kneale loses nail-biter final at Wildcat Invitational

New Mexico State’s Christofer Goncalves won the tournament’s singles title by beating Will Kneale in three sets Arizona senior Will Kneale played three close sets in the championship match of the Wildcat Invitational on Sunday, winning only one of them. New Mexico State junior Christofer Goncalves took the title in Tucson by a score of 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. “Both players played at a high level today,” Arizona Coach Clancy Shields commented. “They competed well, and a few points here and there made the difference.” Set 1 (5-7): The third-seeded Aggie blinked first by double faulting...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 26, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Kaleb Tarczewski signs with Oklahoma City Thunder

The former Wildcat big man will get a chance at the league with OKC Over the weekend, many NBA teams were finalizing their training camp rosters. Four-year Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski played with several teams during Summer League, but he has found a home for training camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder. In six games this summer, Zeus averaged 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21.8 minutes. The Thunder’s D-League team is the Oklahoma City Blue - Richard Jefferson brought the NBA Championship Trophy back to Phoenix and his old high school Moon Valley - Even with all the new...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 25, 2016

Arizona vs. UCLA: Wildcats hit the road to take on Bruins in crucial Pac-12 South battle

Arizona has its first true road game of the year, playing UCLA at 7:30 PM PT on Saturday in the Rose Bowl. It will be on ESPN The Arizona Wildcats have not yet started a game before 7:30 PM PT, and that trend will continue next week vs. the UCLA Bruins. ESPN website updated to show Arizona-UCLA at 10:30pm ET, which should mean they'll have it. Also, Wisc-UM on ABC & Ill-Neb on ESPN2 I'm told pic.twitter.com/FNFoOzl1cg — Matt Sarzyniak (@mattsarz) September 25, 2016 Arizona and UCLA will be shown on ESPN on Saturday night in the Rose Bowl. Is it good that the Wildcats will be on ESPN?...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 25, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: 2018 Cienega quarterback Jamarye Joiner verbally commits to Wildcats

An electrifying athlete becomes the first 2018 commit The Arizona Wildcats are closing up their 2017 recruiting class, sitting with 26 commitments thus far. It’s allowed the coaching staff to focus more on the future recruiting class a little more, leading us to the commitment of 2018 quarterback Jamarye Joiner. He is now the first commitment of the 2018 class. BREAKING: @Jamaryejoiner commits to @ArizonaFBall https://t.co/d9iL3rxPDu pic.twitter.com/yVWHOSE0Gg— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) September 26, 2016 Joiner is an electrifying athlete out of Cienega High School (Vail, AZ),...
Arizona Desert Swarm Sep 25, 2016

Arizona vs. UCLA: First look at the Bruins

What do the Wildcats face in their first true road game of 2016? The Arizona Wildcats are traveling to Pasadena for a showdown with the UCLA Bruins this week. After a heart breaking loss in overtime against Washington, UA looks to rebound against a shaky Bruins team. 2016 Record – 2-2 (0-1 Pac-12); at Texas A&M 24-31 (OT), vs. UNLV 42-21, at BYU 17-14, vs. Stanford 13-22 Key Offensive Players – Josh Rosen (QB), Soso Jamabo (RB), Darren Andrews (WR), Scott Quessenberry (C) Key Defensive Players; Eddie Vanderdoes (DT), Fabian Moreau (CB), Kenny Young (LB), Takkarist McKinley (DE) After...