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Arizona Desert Swarm 55 mins ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: 2017 five-star center Brandon McCoy blown away by Arizona fans

That Red-Blue Game certainly catches a lot of people off guard The Arizona Wildcats typically bring a lot of recruits in for the Red-Blue Game every year, and this year, one of those guys was 2017 five-star center Brandon McCoy. Scout's Evan Daniels recently caught up with the talented big man, and McCoy said this about his visit for the Red-Blue Game: "It was fun. The fans are crazy. It was only a Red-Blue scrimmage and it was a packed house then, so I can only imagine what it's like when they're playing rivals. I love playing in front of those type of people and I love playing in front...
Arizona Desert Swarm 13 hours ago

Bracketology roundup: ESPN's Joe Lunardi sees the Arizona Wildcats as a 5 seed

34 days until Selection Sunday! The Arizona Wildcats are coming off their most successful road trip of the season this past weekend, and now appear to be improving in the eyes of bracketologists around the country. The second game of the trip was perhaps Arizona's biggest road win of the season, defeating the Washington Huskies, a current NCAA Tournament hopeful, on Saturday afternoon. After the road trip, Arizona climbed each of the polls six spots, going up to 14th in the Coaches poll and 17th in the AP. They're now 7-4 in conference play and 19-5 overall. They'll go for their 20th win...
Arizona Desert Swarm 14 hours ago

Arizona softball and baseball coaches concerned about overuse of high school athletes

Will this new way of thinking go away as college coaches come out against it? It's no secret that one of the reasons Arizona has a new head baseball coach in 2016 is the ever-changing world of college baseball and softball recruiting. UCLA's John Savage redefined how the system works, and now coaches are forced to go younger and younger. As it stands right now, Arizona has a commitment for the 2019 baseball class, and possibly the 2020 class as well. That's two kids that have yet to play a game at the high school level that have already decided where they will play college ball. Softball is...
Arizona Desert Swarm 17 hours ago

College basketball rankings: Arizona jumps to 17th in AP Poll, 14th in Coaches

There are now three ranked teams from the Pac-12 After nearly falling out of the major polls for the first time in a few years last week, the Arizona Wildcats moved their way up quite a bit thanks to a road sweep in Washington this past weekend. Arizona is now up to 17th in the AP Poll, and 14th in the coaches' poll. The Wildcats also have a third team from the conference joining them. Here's a look at the full rankings: AP Top 25 RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Villanova Wildcats (32) 20-3 1,566 2 Maryland Terrapins (13) 21-3 1,499 3 Oklahoma Sooners (7) 19-3 1,472 4 Iowa Hawkeyes...
Arizona Desert Swarm 22 hours ago

Arizona football recruiting: Tracking where all of the Wildcats' top targets signed

So close, yet so far The Arizona Wildcats had a crazy recruiting season. Since Rich Rodriguez took over, the staff usually starts landing commitments in March and has been able to hold them all the way through signing day in February. Following this recruiting class, there were a lot of prospects that Arizona had in the mix, most on this list were former commits or had Arizona in their top three or so. After all the hurricane of news came on National Signing Day, I went back and found all of Arizona's top prospects throughout this recruiting period to see where they officially ended...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 8, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Rob Gron-Cat-Ski has best performance on Super Bowl Sunday

The purrrrfect kitten Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, and while the Super Bowl itself wasn't very entertaining in any aspect (game play, commercials, halftime show), the real damage was done earlier in the day by honorary Arizona kitten Rob Gron-Cat-Ski (I would've preferred Gron-Meow-Ski). Gron-Cat-Ski had this huge interception (?), lived up to his "nice cats finish last" motto by getting flagged for offensive pass interference, and even got in a fight with Jason Pierre-Paw. All of this is certainly worth getting the MVK, which will be announced sometime on Monday after all the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 7, 2016

Arizona basketball: Three things the Wildcats' victory over Washington proved

PJC, defense/turnovers, and Ryan Anderson all showcased themselves on Saturday Three straight turnovers early in the game led to a 10-2 deficit, and all too quickly it looked like the No.23 Arizona Wildcats would struggle against a young and feisty Washington Huskies team because of a usual lack of energy and poise. But then the Wildcats got their act together: Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson did their thing down low, Gabe York did his thing behind the arc, and the Wildcats ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 44-38. It was more of the same lethargic play that allowed the Huskies...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 7, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: Who will walk on for the Wildcats in 2016

Taking a peek at who will be walking on for Arizona this season The Arizona Wildcats will be adding a few walk-ons this fall and I've been able to scavenge the Internet to find as many as I can. So far I've been able to account for six of them and there's a strong possibility of landing one more, depending on his search for a late Division I offer. For now, I've broken down the seven below. If there's a walk-on I missed, feel free to let me know in the comment section below so I can add them to the list. Tate Shumway, outside linebacker A 6-3 210lb quarterback/outside linebacker out of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 7, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: T.J. McConnell scores career-high 17 points for Sixers against Nets

Seems like T.J. is doing normal T.J. things With Ish Smith hurt, T.J. McConnell returned to the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup on Saturday night, and the former Arizona Wildcat certainly made the most of it. He made crucial plays late in the game against the Nets, leading the Sixers to a rare win. McConnell tied a career-high with 17 points, and his presence was certainly felt by Jahlil Okafor: Jahlil Okafor on T.J. McConnell: "He's like the heart and soul of this team... we just try to match his effort." — Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) February 7, 2016 Yep, that sounds...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 6, 2016

Arizona vs. Washington final score: Wildcats complete road sweep, beat Huskies 77-72

Happy plane It was not easy for the Arizona Wildcats, partially due to the Washington Huskies, but also due to themselves as well. But at the end of the day, a 77-72 win in Seattle gives Arizona its first road sweep of the Pac-12 season, and puts them right back in the mix for a regular season championship. It was back-and-forth the whole way (11 lead changes), but the Wildcats had just enough at the end to close out the five-point win. Both teams kept each other in the game really, as Arizona finished with 20 turnovers, and Washington countered with 18 of their own. The Wildcats also shot...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 6, 2016

Arizona vs. Washington: Three questions about the Huskies

Later today, Arizona squares off with Washington for the second time this season On Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Wildcats square off with the Washington Huskies for the second time this season. Last time out, the Huskies came to Tucson with the Wildcats fresh off a tough Los Angeles road trip. The Wildcats responded with a 32-point trounce of the Huskies, 99-67. This time, Arizona heads out to Seattle. The Huskies have won four of the six games since their Tucson trip and they're surely hungry for revenge. I asked Lucas Shannon of UW Dawg Pound some questions about today's game and he...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 6, 2016

Arizona vs. Washington: Who to watch, what to watch for, and why you should watch

The Wildcats destroyed the Huskies in Tucson, but it'll be much, much harder to win in Seattle On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats will take on the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Sure, the last time the Wildcats played the Huskies, it went very well. But it's much harder to win on the road than it is to win at home. With that caveat, let's dive into which Huskies to watch out for, how the game will play out, and why you should watch. Who to watch Their two guards, Andrew Andrews and Dejounte Murray, use the lion’s shares of Washington’s possessions. There is a massive difference, though,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 6, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona football has to replace a lot of experience and production

Production from new places will be needed in 2016 On the surface, it seems like the Arizona Wildcats return a lot of key pieces (assuming they are healthy) in 2016, but that doesn't really seem to be the case, at least compared to everyone else. Bill Connelly crunched the numbers on how much production each team returns on both offense and defense, and Arizona checks in at 78th in the FBS. On the bright side, several Pac-12 teams are below them on the list, including ASU, who is third-to-last. - The missing production will get filled by some guys who signed on Wednesday. Here's where the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 5, 2016

Arizona football: Wildcats coordinators Calvin Magee and Marcel Yates receive unprecedented contracts

This could be hugely important moving forward. On Friday, Arizona Wildcats offensive coordinator Calvin Magee and new defensive coordinator Marcel Yates had multi-year contracts approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. So what's the big deal about this? It's the first time in program history that an assistant coach has received a contract for longer than one fiscal year according to the Arizona Daily Star. Policy 6-303 restricts the length of service professionals' contracts to one year, but Arizona asked the board to make an exception to that policy due to "multiyear appointments for...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 5, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: The many faces of Sean Miller

Both Arizona coaches actually make this list For whatever reason, ESPN's Myron Medcalf decided to rank the ten best coaching faces in college basketball, and to no one in Tucson's surprise, Sean Miller makes the list, but way down at ten. The blurb for Miller reads as follows: "Miller goes from calm to furious in seconds whenever he's upset. Those eyes, man. He's cool and subdued all half, and then something infuriates him and he turns into Jack Nicholson from "The Shining." Yep, that'll do it. Also to no one's surprise, Bobby Hurley is on the list at No. 4 - Kind of related to this, I...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 4, 2016

Jessie Britt to Arizona: RB walks away from WKU, signs with Wildcats

Two weeks after decommitting from Western Kentucky, the Wildcats gained the speedy RB The Arizona Wildcats have locked up Jessie Britt, a running back/wide receiver from Florida who plans on adding a whole lot of speed to the Wildcat backfield. The Auburndale, FL native is headed to Arizona, just a few weeks after being committed to Western Kentucky University. It was a whirlwind of a three week process for the three-star recruit. After receiving an offer from Arizona on January 5th and visiting Tucson on January 15th. He found himself decommitted from WKU on the 16th and a Wildcat...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 4, 2016

Russell Halimon to Arizona: RB recruit signs with Wildcats

Adding some more running back depth The Arizona Wildcats were bringing in a few running backs in this 2016 class, and Russell Halimon will make his way from Georgia to Tucson, just not until next spring, as he is expected to join the loaded stable of talented backs as a gray shirt after tearing his ACL in November.. Halimon certainly has the frame to possibly contribute right when he gets to campus, sizing up comparably to Jared Baker, and a little lighter than Nick Wilson. Of course, it will depend on his ability to recover from the ACL tear. After carrying the team thru the regular...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 4, 2016

Arizona basketball: Three things we learned about the Wildcats in their win against Washington State

In a way, this team could be similar to the 1997 championship team The No. 23 Arizona Wildcats defeated the Washington State Cougars, 79-64, Wednesday night to improve to 18-5 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12 Conference. Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 31 points, while grabbing 12 rebounds. Here's what we learned in the Wildcats' win: Parker Jackson-Cartwright stepped up when needed Jackson-Cartwright has been a mystery this season. He'll have a stretch of games where he looks like a high-level Pac-12 point guard -- like against the Washington schools in January -- but then he'll follow it...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 4, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Aaron Gordon participating in NBA Slam Dunk contest

This could be fun While it's not official yet, Cleveland.com's Chris Haynes has been told that former Arizona Wildcat Aaron Gordon is going to take part in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest next weekend in Toronto. Gordon will go up against Zach Lavine, Andre Drummond, and Will Barton. I'd guess that Lavine is the clear favorite for this event, but it'll be fun to see a former Arizona player in the mix and throwing down. - Arizona beat Washington State 79-64 Football - Wednesday may have been all about the scholarship guys, but preferred walk-on Isaac Steele is ready to earn himself one by...
Arizona Desert Swarm Feb 4, 2016

Arizona vs. Washington State final score: Wildcats run away, 79-64

The Wildcats recovered from a slow start on Wednesday night The Arizona Wildcats overcame an extremely slow start in Pullman and came away with an important road win, defeating the Washington State Cougars, 79-64, improving to 6-4 in conference play. Wednesday was supposed to be the night where Arizona got a very valuable member of its team back. But, as it was announced earlier in the day, Allonzo Trier was inactive for the game. On top of that, Kadeem Allen didn't start, as he was feeling under the weather. The entire team appeared to be under the weather for the first ten minutes...

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