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What to watch for when Arizona men’s basketball opens Pac-12 play at Utah

What to watch for when Arizona men’s basketball opens Pac-12 play at Utah

Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports The calendar turns to December on Thursday, and with it comes the start of Pac-12 play as the fourth-ranked Arizona Wildcats face Utah in Salt Lake City. The Wildcats (6-0) are defending conference champions, both in the regular season when they set a record with 18 victories and by sweeping through the Pac-12 tourney in Las Vegas. The UA was picked to finish second this season, getting three of 32 first-place votes, while the other teams getting first-place votes (26 for UCLA, 3 for Oregon) have combined to lose six games already. Here’s...
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Arizona softball releases full 2023 schedule

Arizona softball releases full 2023 schedule

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Arizona softball will face 12 teams that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament according to the schedule released on Wednesday afternoon. The schedule will also feature 10 teams that landed in last year’s final NFCA coaches poll. The schedule kicks off with the second iteration of the Candrea Classic. Arizona will open against Long Beach State at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday, Feb. 9. The Beach went 29-22 overall last season, including two losses to the Wildcats in the inaugural Candrea Classic. Arizona faces Kansas on Friday, Feb....
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Arizona’s Jade Loville is adjusting to the offensive balance of her new team

Arizona’s Jade Loville is adjusting to the offensive balance of her new team

Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via When Arizona’s Jade Loville was at Arizona State last year, she was the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12. It was a necessity for the Sun Devils. This year, she’s adapting to having a number of other scorers around her and to new defensive demands. “I like it a lot better having the pressure taken off,” Loville said. “And it’s not so much as a pressure thing, but it’s also the defense has to guard all of us on this. I’m not being double-teamed. I’m able to come off screens and have an open...
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Sean Miller opens up about leaving Arizona, says program is in a ‘better place’ without him

Sean Miller opens up about leaving Arizona, says program is in a ‘better place’ without him

Photo by Michael Hickey/ Arizona’s divorce from former head coach Sean Miller hasn’t left him with ill will towards the program. In fact, Miller is still one of the Wildcats’ biggest supporters. That was one of the takeaways from CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander’s wide-ranging interview with Miller and his wife Amy. Norlander followed Miller around as he coached Xavier at PK85 in Portland, Oregon. Miller seems to have found peace with his departure from Arizona in spring 2021, which put an end to a tumultuous four-year period that saw the...
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Big jump in rankings not changing Arizona’s approach entering Pac-12 play

Big jump in rankings not changing Arizona’s approach entering Pac-12 play

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Arizona jumped 10 spots in the latest Associated Press poll, sitting at No. 4 after beginning the season at No. 17. So what? That’s the line Tommy Lloyd is taking as the Wildcats head into December as one of just 18 unbeaten teams out of 363 in Division I. A 6-0 start is nice, but in the grand scheme of things it means nothing. “Our guys understand that there’s other games on the schedule, and they haven’t necessarily arrived,” Lloyd said Tuesday. “I think, for the most part, our guys have a growth mindset and embrace getting...
Nov 29, 2022
Three from Arizona volleyball earn All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors

Three from Arizona volleyball earn All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors

Arizona volleyball’s Jaelyn Hodge (11) and Kamaile Hiapo (8) celebrate after a point. | Photo by Catherine Regan / Arizona Athletics Arizona volleyball placed three on the All-Pac-12 honorable mention list after the conclusion of the 2022 regular season. Outside hitter/opposite Sofia Moldonado Diaz, OH Jaelyn Hodge, and libero Kamaile Hiapo were all named to the list on Tuesday. The honors are voted on by the league’s head coaches. Maldonado Diaz, who was the 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, led the Wildcats and finished 17th in the Pac-12 with 3.18 kills per set....
Nov 29, 2022
How former Arizona Wildcats fared in Week 12 of NFL season

How former Arizona Wildcats fared in Week 12 of NFL season

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ Week 12 of the NFL season is complete. Here’s how all former Arizona Wildcats around the league fared. Gary Brightwell, RB/ST, New York Giants Brightwell pulled off a career-long 15-yard run in the first half of New York’s 28-20 Thanksgiving day loss to Dallas. Brightwell’s 31 yards on five carries was a career-high. Brightwell also had two receptions for 18 yards. Entering Thursday, Brightwell had 29 total yards in the NFL over 23 games. He nearly doubled that in one game. Way to go, Gary. Will Parks, S/ST, New York Jets Parks seven...
Nov 28, 2022
Deandre Ayton named NBA Player of the Week

Deandre Ayton named NBA Player of the Week

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Deandre Ayton is playing some of the best basketball of his career of late, and on Monday he was rewarded with NBA Player of the Week honors. The Phoenix Suns center and former Arizona Wildcats All-American averaged 23.7 points, 16 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game over three games this past week. Ayton also shot an impressive 67.3% from the floor. Phoenix went 3-0 on the week. This is the first Player of the Week award of Ayton’s young career. He shared the award with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. DA's Averages this...
Nov 28, 2022
Jedd Fisch: Arizona’s roster to have ‘pretty substantial’ turnover ahead of 2023 season

Jedd Fisch: Arizona’s roster to have ‘pretty substantial’ turnover ahead of 2023 season

Arizona Athletics Arizona had 18 players participate in pregame Senior Day activities ahead of the Territorial Cup win over ASU. Fourteen of those Wildcats still have eligibility remaining, including several starters. Until those players decide what to do, whether it be stay with the program or pursue other opportunities, Arizona is in a bit of a holding pattern when it comes to roster management. But coach Jedd Fisch did say Monday he expects “pretty substantial” turnover, possibly close to the amount of change that saw roughly 50 new players on the 2022...
Nov 28, 2022
Kailyn Gilbert named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Kailyn Gilbert named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Arizona women’s basketball took home its first weekly award of the conference season when the media voted Wildcat guard Kailyn Gilbert Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. It was the first freshman of the week honor for an Arizona player since Cate Reese received the last of her three awards on Jan. 28, 2019. #Pac12WBB Freshman of the Week, presented by @Nextiva: Kailyn Gilbert Full release ➡️ https://t.co/WIApYWzXBd#BearDown | @ArizonaWBB pic.twitter.com/idzxvXdt6n— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 28,...
Nov 28, 2022
Arizona’s Oumar Ballo named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Arizona’s Oumar Ballo named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Photo by Darryl Oumi/ Oumar Ballo didn’t just become a national sensation last week, he also put himself at the top of the list for the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player award. The first step is winning a conference weekly honor, which happened Monday when Ballo was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. #Pac12MBB Player of the Week, presented by @Nextiva: Oumar Ballo Full release ➡️ https://t.co/pFf7IVQaMG#BearDown | @ArizonaMBB pic.twitter.com/f1EJKtPEME— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 28, 2022 The 7-foot redshirt sophomore had a monster performance at the...
Nov 28, 2022
Arizona women’s basketball moves up one spot in Associated Press Top 25

Arizona women’s basketball moves up one spot in Associated Press Top 25

Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via A clean sweep in San Diego helped Arizona women’s basketball continue it rise up the Associated Press Top 25. The Wildcats moved up a spot to No. 14 in the fourth week of the poll. They have moved up each week after starting the season ranked No. 19. POLL ALERT: South Carolina, Stanford, UConn top women's AP Top 25; Louisville out of top 10 for first time in five years.For full rankings: https://t.co/ZpzgqczOov pic.twitter.com/rKTz8VvHDF— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) November 28, 2022 Arizona defeated California Baptist...
Nov 28, 2022
Arizona men’s basketball jumps to No. 4 in Associated Press Top 25

Arizona men’s basketball jumps to No. 4 in Associated Press Top 25

Photo by Darryl Oumi/ Arizona didn’t just come back from Hawaii with some extra hardware, it also returned to Tucson with a bunch of court cred after rolling through the Maui Invitational field. And, accordingly, a Top 5 national ranking. The Wildcats (6-0) have jumped 10 spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25, sitting at No. 4 as they prepare for the start of Pac-12 Conference play. Arizona’s rise was due to its perfect run in Maui, beating Cincinnati, then-No. 17 San Diego State (no No. 24) and then-No. 10 Creighton (now No. 7) for its third Maui...
Nov 27, 2022
How Arizona football players graded during 2022 season, per Pro Football Focus

How Arizona football players graded during 2022 season, per Pro Football Focus

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Arizona is officially in offseason mode, the 2022 campaign ending on a high note via the Territorial Cup win over ASU. That was the Wildcats’ fifth win of the season, four more than in Jedd Fisch’s first year on the job, and the 3-6 Pac-12 record tripled their conference victory total. The UA finished with an overall grade of 73.2, per Pro Football Focus, which ranked 99th out of 131 FBS schools. That’s up from 59.3 and 127th in 2021. The Wildcats graded 44th nationally in offense (80.1) and second-to-last in defense...
Nov 27, 2022
That was a nice season for Arizona football, but next year must be even better

That was a nice season for Arizona football, but next year must be even better

Cheryl Evans/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK By any reasonable metric, this season was a success. Arizona went 5-7, with a 3-6 mark in the Pac-12. Three of their wins came against teams that finished with winning records – with one of them over a highly-ranked UCLA – and beat rival Arizona State. Consider the oddsmakers had them at 2.5 wins and yeah, hard to find much to complain about. Jedd Fisch took this program to a place few anticipated it being at this point by hitting the recruiting trail hard, utilizing the transfer portal, embracing NIL and coaching up...