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Arizona Desert Swarm 28 mins ago

Sean Miller to haters: Go cheer for ASU!

Some find it hilarious, some find it childish. Sean Miller posted a tweet late Sunday night expressing his feelings about the criticism he's taken since Saturday. Some find it hilarious, some find it childish. Finally to the people that try to make us feel like our season was a failure. Go cheer for ASU! #BearDown — Sean Miller (@UACoachMiller) March 30, 2015 Humorous because who doesn't love to make fun of a mediocre program such as Arizona State University? But with a lack of winning culture, tournament appearances and top 50 recruiting classes, Arizona State is still 9-8 vs...
Arizona Desert Swarm 18 hours ago

College baseball rankings: Arizona enters several national polls

Hey look, Arizona is ranked in baseball again! After two consecutive series sweeps in Pac-12 play, the Arizona Wildcats find themselves ranked in several of the national polls. The Cats crack the polls to make this week's series a Top 25 showdown! USC at Arizona April 2-4 | Hi Corbett Field pic.twitter.com/eKfzJhqAlm — Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) March 30, 2015 "I don't think we're getting any love right now, but we might after this weekend," Bobby Dalbec said on Sunday. "We worked really hard for it. We don't really care about the rankings or anything. We know we can beat...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Book Richardson a candidate for Chris Mullin's coaching staff at St. Johns?

Could Coach Book be on the move? With Chris Mullin reportedly accepting the St. John's head coaching job, Arizona assistant head coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson could be on Mullin's radar for his assistant coaching staff, according to the New York Daily News. Why would Book leave Arizona for St. John's? Richardson is a Bronx native and going to St. John's would be a homecoming for him. Richardson has been at Arizona for six years now and has proven himself to be a great recruiter, especially for serving as a pipeline for recruits out East. Richardson helped land New York natives Kevin...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Arizona baseball: Three Up, Three Down: Oregon series

There are too many candidates for Three Up lately The Arizona Wildcats kept the hot streak rolling in the three games against the Oregon Ducks this weekend. After opening the series with a 7-2 victory, the Wildcats clinched the three-game set with a 9-5 victory Saturday, then wrapped up the sweep behind a 13-4 beatdown on Sunday. A lot of guys had good weekends, so here's my picks for the best and worst from the past three games. Three Up: 1. Bobby Dalbec Arizona's two-way star appeared on the mound in the first two games of the series. In total, he threw 2 2/3 innings, allowed one hit,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 29, 2015

Arizona basketball: Wildcats pursuing Charlotte transfer Mike Thorne

Thinking about life after Brandon Ashley.. While we anticipate the annoucement of who stays and who declares for the NBA, Arizona is already preparing for the worst. Many have speculated that Brandon Ashley is gone, with some believing that Kaleb Tarczewski could be headed to the NBA as well. This has led Arizona to pursue Charlotte 49er graduate transfer Mike Thorne. Thorne checks in at 6-11 and 270lbs. Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Thorne wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, as he was unranked by many, holding offers to Citadel, Coastal Carolina and Tulane, among...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 29, 2015

Arizona basketball recruiting: Ivan Rabb delays commitment announcement

All signs point to Cal, but is Rabb second guessing now? Earlier this week, Ivan Rabb, No. 2 power forward, No. 7 overall in the nation, trimmed his list just two: Arizona and California. These have been the clear favorites to land Rabb for quite some time, but he just made it official in the formality of the recruiting process. This week, Rabb's high school, Bishop O'Dowd, was playing the Open Division California State Championship vs Mater Dei High School, Stanley Johnson's stomping grounds, where he won four-straight state championships. Rabb's announcement was expected to come after...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 29, 2015

Oregon vs. Arizona baseball: Wildcats complete series sweep of Ducks

The train just keeps on rollin After taking down the Oregon Ducks by scores of 7-2 and 9-5 on Friday and Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats completed the series sweep with a 13-4 win on Sunday. "That's a good weekend," head coach Andy Lopez said after the game on Sunday. "What an understatement. Captain Obvious or whatever that commercial is." Arizona has now won six-straight games, improving to 7-2 in Pac-12 play, with the only two losses coming to Utah. Oregon came into the series with some of the best pitching numbers in the nation, but did not back those stats up on Sunday. After scoring a...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 29, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: White hot Wisconsin gives Arizona case of Deja Vu

The faces were largely the same, the flow of play was significantly different, but in the end, the Wildcats were dealt another Elite Eight loss by the Wisconsin Badgers. Attention now shifts to the offseason and some key NBA decisions that will make a significant impact on the 2015-2016 Arizona season. 56% shooting, 28-30 from the free throw line, essentially equal in rebounding and turnovers. Most of the time that's punching you a Final Four ticket, but for Arizona on Saturday, that was just the line for yet another agonizing Elite Eight loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, this time in large...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 29, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: Sunday's Elite Eight schedule, streaming video and how to watch

There's still basketball on TV we think Saturday was a little bit of a rough day, but there's still basketball to be played on Sunday. Two more schools go to the Final Four. Here's when they'll be playing. Both games will be broadcast on CBS: 4) Louisville vs. 7) Michigan State 11:20 A.M. pacific time (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce) 1) Duke vs. 2) Gonzaga 2:05 P.M. pacific time (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson) Not going to be around a TV? Both of the games are streamed online. You can also stream them on your phone by getting the March Madness App...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 28, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: Saturday's Sweet Sixteen schedule, streaming video and how to watch

Arizona the early game, Kentucky the late game Here we are, back in the Elite Eight, and having to play the Wisconsin Badgers again. Here are the tip times for the two Saturday Elite Eight games, which will decide one of the Final Four matchups in Indianapolis next Saturday. Both of these games will be broadcast on TBS 1) Wisconsin Badgers vs. 2) Arizona Wildcats: 3:09 PM pacific time (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Rachel Nichols) 1) Kentucky Wildcats vs. 3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 5:49 PM pacific time (Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Len Elmore and Lewis Johnson) If you can't...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 28, 2015

Arizona vs. Wisconsin: Previewing the Badgers with Bucky's 5th Quarter

Let's get to know Wisconsin better from Wisconsin people Chances are, if you are a fan of the Arizona Wildcats, you are vaguely familiar with the Wisconsin Badgers, because, well, you know. But let's get to know the Badgers a little better before Saturday afternoon's game from someone who watches them all the time, Phil Mitten of Bucky's 5th Quarter. 1. What's the biggest difference between last year's Wisconsin team and this year's? Phil: The team is very similar, but the maturation of the sophomores has been huge. Six-foot-8 forward Nigel Hayes has added a deadly three-point shot and...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 28, 2015

March Madness 2015: Arizona vs. Wisconsin time, TV and preview

Preview of the Wisconsin vs Arizona grudge match The Arizona Wildcats will face a familiar foe in the Elite Eight, Wisconsin, the team who ousted the Wildcats in heartbreaking fashion during last year’s tournament. College basketball fans have been salivating over the potential rematch of last year’s thrilling Elite Eight matchup between Wisconsin and Arizona since the bracket was announced. Both Wisconsin and Arizona are considered the top National Title contenders besides Kentucky, due to their talented, well-coached rosters. It seemed only fitting the two teams that have the best...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 28, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: Sweet Sixteen day two recap

Gonzaga, Michigan State, Louisville and Duke are on their way to the Elite Eight Seven of the eight higher seeds advanced to the Elite Eight. The one lower-seed team to win, to nobody’s surprise, was Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans. In fact, the East is the only region that does not include a top four seed in the Elite Eight. Let’s take a look at Friday’s action in what rounded out the 2015 Sweet Sixteen: 2) Gonzaga 74 vs 11) UCLA 62 The Bruins’ unexpected tournament run ended Friday afternoon as they simply ran into a much better team. While UCLA did not exactly get blown out,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 27, 2015

Oregon vs. Arizona: Baseball start times, TV, streaming info and preview

The first of a few big weekends for the Wildcats The Arizona Wildcats return home this weekend for the first time since the Utah debacle two weeks ago. The Cats got a road sweep at Stanford last week to improve to 4-2 in Pac-12 play heading into a very tough stretch. That stretch begins with the Oregon Ducks on Friday night. All three games this weekend will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. JB Long will do PxP all three games. Former Arizona head coach Jerry Kindall will be the analyst on Friday, with Scott Erickson coming in for Saturday and Sunday. You can also stream it on...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 27, 2015

2015 NCAA Tournament: Friday's Sweet Sixteen schedule, streaming video and how To watch

Get your Sweet Sixteen Friday schedule here! It's time for the right side of the bracket to go through the Sweet Sixteen. Here's a look at the times and TV channels. Sweet Sixteen GamesFriday, March 27 (ET) Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter 7:15 p.m. CBS Houston I Gonzaga Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson 7:47 p.m. TBS Syracuse I Louisville vs NC State Wolfpack Lundquist/Spanarkel/LaForce After conc. I CBS Houston II Duke Blue Devils vs Utah Utes Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson After conc. I TBS Syracuse II Michigan State Spartans vs...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 27, 2015

March Madness 2015: Sweet 16 Thursday Results

Thursday's Sweet 16 Results 3) Notre Dame 81 vs 7) Wichita State 70 After struggling in the opening weekend, the Fighting Irish were looking to establish themselves as legitimate contenders. Notre Dame began the game on fire, controlling the match up from the start. Led by Demetrius Jackson (20 points) and Pat Connaughton (16 points), the Fighting Irish were able to take a 3 point lead into the half after the Shockers clawed back. Wichita State gained their first lead of the game early in the second half. Unfortunately, Notre Dame took notice and bombarded Wichita State in the second half,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 27, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: Wisconsin vs. North Carolina recap

First-seeded Wisconsin knocks off fourth-seeded North Carolina in a hotly contested game We may as well call Wisconsin the "comeback kings" because the Badgers have done it over and over again. After owning a slight edge the majority of the game, North Carolina surrendered a 9-0 run to Wisconsin. The Badgers found themselves up two with five minutes left and that spelled trouble for the Tar Heels. Wisconsin moved to 33-0 this season when leading with five minutes. Badger coach Bo Ryan was 0-2 against North Carolina previous to this game, one of those losses coming in the Elite Eight of the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 27, 2015

2015 NCAA Tournament: Xavier-Arizona Social Media Round-Up

That was a close one. We didn't panic, then we panicked, then we won. Here's a round-up of what people are saying about the Arizona-Xavier game on Twitter tonight: Tonight's playlist. #XMarchesOn pic.twitter.com/fdfsFfI0tv — Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) March 26, 2015 It’s loud in here at McKale. — Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) March 27, 2015 So basically, this is the first half of Ohio State again — Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) March 27, 2015 I do not recognize this Arizona defense. Xavier is running through the paint, shooting 64% on their two pointers. —...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 26, 2015

Arizona vs. Xavier previews: Reading material for Wildcats' Sweet Sixteen game

Get your knowledge on The Arizona Wildcats take on the Xavier Musketeers Thursday night in Staples Center. Here are some things from around the interwebs to check out before the game tips around 7:15 PT. Here on AZ Desert Swarm: Full Thursday TV schedule Wildcat Radio Podcast Our expectations for this weekend Q&A w/ Banners On The Parkway on what to expect from Xavier What to watch for from Arizona Xavier season recap On Banners on the Parkway: Full preview guide Q&A w/ us about Arizona Love, hate, and Sean Miller Beating Arizona, how ASU, OSU and UNLV did it Around the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Mar 26, 2015

Pride of Arizona wishes T.J. McConnell a happy birthday

This is fun It was T.J. McConnell's birthday this week, so the Pride of Arizona of course played happy birthday for him outside the hotel Big props to the Arizona Pep Band for the thoughtful bday wishes for my man @tjmcconnell4 ! #Wildcatfamily #BlairDown #Blairizona A video posted by @blairplayer on Mar 25, 2015 at 4:54pm PDT