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Wildcat Wednesday - Arizona Headed to the NCAA Tournament
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 19, 2014
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Excitement around the Arizona men’s basketball program is nearing an all-time high, which is evident in the Sports Illustrated cover below featuring Nick Johnson and members of the best student group in the country, ZonaZoo. Our fans took over Las Vegas last week at levels not many have seen before and we’re so thankful that so many of you made the trip. Our fans were the best last year and were even better this year. I hope we can make this journey to Las Vegas an annual tradition. After all, #VegasIsWildcatCountry.

Now, the Wildcats are headed to the NCAA Tournament. We earned a No. 1 seed in the west region and were considered the second overall seed. We’ll take on No. 16 Weber St. on Friday at 11 a.m. (TV: TNT) in San Diego’s Viejas Arena. If we win, we’ll play the winner of No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 9 Oklahoma St. on Sunday. The tip time and TV station will be determined after the second-round games.

Just like in Las Vegas, we’re asking everyone to ‘Wear Red,’ but we don’t want just the people in San Diego wearing the colors. We’d like Arizona fans everywhere to show their support by wearing red. Tucson, we hope you’ll lead the charge! If you’re a business owner and/or store manager, I’d like to suggest showing the colors and allowing your employees to wear the colors. Use the hashtag #WearRed and share your photos with us via twitter (@AZAthletics) and Facebook. No matter how you’ll be enjoying Friday’s first-round game, wear red, cheer on the Wildcats and Bear Down with Pride.


We’ve decided to try something new as we enter the NCAA Tournament and have partnered with IMG to produce the official Arizona NCAA Tournament Digital Guide, which became available today. It has videos, information on our tournament site and opponents, our NCAA history, and all the info you need on your Wildcats as they prepare for their run in the “Big Dance.”

Click on the image below to access the guide or visit We hope you enjoy it.


If you’re looking for tickets to the NCAA Tournament games in San Diego but haven’t been able to secure them, we’d like to direct you to PrimeSport, the official secondary ticket exchange of Arizona Athletics and official ticket and hospitality provider of the NCAA. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, click here and you can see what PrimeSport has available.


We have many traditions, but bad sportsmanship isn't one of them.

One of the primary goals of our athletics department is to promote first-class conduct at each of our athletics events, on-campus, on the road and around the community. It is important that coaches, players, staff, spirit groups, students and fans represent the University in a positive manner at all times.

We implemented the following Bear Down with Pride sportsmanship guidelines to promote and maintain a safe, comfortable, and family-friendly environment around Arizona Athletics events:

  • Expect and encourage good displays of sportsmanship from fellow fans.
  • Respect all staff, fans, officials, student-athletes and opposing teams.
  • Cheer, show your UA pride, and be loud in a respectful manner.
  • Antagonizing or taunting others is not the same as cheering.
  • Refrain from unruly actions or behaviors.
  • Drink responsibly when choosing to consume alcoholic beverages prior to an athletic event.
  • Respect all facility regulations and comply with public address announcements.

On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and your fellow Wildcat fans, we appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines.


We often mention how important our Wildcat Club members are to the success of Arizona Athletics and we try to explain how the support benefits the coaches, student-athletes and the department. We also try to make you aware of the benefits of being a Wildcat Club member, but this time, we’d like to share part of a letter we received from a couple who recently joined the Wildcat Club as an example of what we strive to achieve for our members:

“As we move toward the end of our first year as part of the Wildcat donor family, [we] wanted to express appreciation to you for the whole gamut of tremendous sports opportunities for men and women students and also for the very talented staff you have put together, in sports and in fan support.

First, [A Wildcat Club staff member] is a superstar, as I’m sure you know. During our initial meeting with him, he ‘sold’ us on becoming not only donors, but major donors. Our intent on contacting him was to do for athletics what we were doing for other departments at UA. However, because of his enthusiasm, his way of creating friendships almost from the first minute of our meeting, his love of UA Athletics, and his strong belief in the importance of donors to the program, we ended up giving considerably more in both charitable and planned giving than we thought we would at first. Being part of this group of donors is a special experience.

Second, your entire fan support team is without a doubt the most enthusiastic and helpful group of people in this role that we have encountered. We are particularly impressed with the football trip to Cal this fall and the pregame receptions. These events really make us feel part of the UA Athletics family.

Third, we want to let you know how much we appreciate the information in Wildcat Wednesday. We particularly like being informed of issues in our conference and in the NCAA.”

We think this exemplifies the kind of experience we want our Wildcat Club members to have and we hope these views are shared by all of our wonderful supporters.

In addition, a letter like this is a credit to not only our Wildcat Club staff and our ‘fan support’ team, but to all the staffers in Arizona Athletics. I’m really proud of the things being accomplished, but we couldn’t do it without these hard working people or those that support us.


We are very excited to launch year four of the Wildcat Movement campaign. This campaign is an effort to encourage all Arizona fans and alumni, near or far, to make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more to support Arizona student-athletes. Individuals who join the movement become Wildcat Club members and play a huge role in the success of our 20 sports programs.

We are so appreciative of what our fans do to support us and in order to continue our momentum, we are asking everybody to take it a step further by becoming an official donor to Arizona Athletics. This year, look for three different Wildcat Movement videos as we progress through the rest of the spring!

To those individuals who are already Wildcat Club members, thank you! We hope you’ll help share our message and encourage others to join. To those who haven’t yet joined the movementthis year is the year! We need you to reach our goal of 12,000 Wildcat Club members by June.

Joining the Wildcat Movement is easy, click here to watch the video and join today!


There has been a great response to the 30 Prizes in 30 Days renewal sweepstakes. We’ve given away some fantastic prizes, and we still have 11 more to go. I’ve been asked if fans needed to renew by the early renewal deadline to be eligible to win a prize. The answer is no. The earlier people renewed, the more chances they had to win, but you can still renew your football season tickets and/or Wildcat Club donation (which includes men’s basketball priority seating) and win one of the remaining prizes. Click here to renew online or call 520-621-CATS (2287) during normal business hours.


We’re looking for some of our most spirited, creative and passionate fans to appear on the 2014 football schedule poster. If you want to be on the poster and think you have what it takes, send us the picture that best showcases your enthusiasm for Arizona football. Send the e-mail to with the subject line “Football poster.” Make sure to include your name and daytime phone number. The photo shoot will be the evening of Monday, March 24, so please only submit an entry if you’re able to attend.


Coach Rodriguez
 and the team already have two weeks of spring ball under their belts. We’re going to have two opportunities for fans to get a look at the 2014 Wildcats. The first will be the 3rd annual Phoenix Open Practice, held once again at Hogan Field on the campus of Phoenix College. The practice is on Friday, April 4 and starts at 7 p.m. Next, it’s the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 12. The Spring Game is the signature event of our inauguralSuper Wildcat Weekend and is back in Arizona Stadium for the first time since 2011. Admission is free for both the Phoenix open practice and the Spring Game.


Head Coach Fred Harvey and the track and field program kickoff another outdoor season at home this weekend with the annual Willie Williams Classic, set to take place at historic Roy P. Drachman stadium, located at the corner of15th street and Plumer. This is one of the nation’s elite programs, right here in Tucson, and Coach Harvey and the team are excited about what this team can accomplish, dedicating this entire season to the memory of student-athlete Lezo Urrieztieta, who passed away this past December. Friday’s collegiate events are tentatively set to begin at 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s events begin at 9:50 a.m. with the national anthem. Click here to purchase tickets to this weekend’s Willie Williams Classic. 


The Arizona soccer team will play two home matches this spring in Tucson. On Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m., the Wildcats will face the Portland Thorns, the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League Champions. The match will be played at Kino Stadium and feature some of the best women’s soccer players in the world. To view the official release, click here. The Wildcats will also host New Mexico on Sunday, March 30 at 11 a.m. at Mulcahy Stadium, which will be open to the public and free to attend. Following the match, there will be a kid’s mini-clinic hosted by the coaches and team.


We’ve started to collect questions and topics to address in Wildcat Wednesday and we’d like to encourage everyone to continue sending items. I’m not expecting to be able to answer every question or address every topic, but we’ll do our best to pick items that seem most important to the readers and address them if possible. If you have something you think might make a good question or topic, please email it to


With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in full swing, all eyes are not only on the student-athletes on the court but many of you also notice the rest of a college bench. While the NCAA sets a limit on the number of coaches, there are numerous other jobs being performed by personnel on the bench. Permissible positions include a director of basketball, undergraduate student coach, team trainer, and of course, the role of a manager. The NCAA generally doesn’t set numeric limits on these types of positions, but, rather what duties they are allowed to perform both on and off the court.


No. 12 Women’s Golf won the SunTrust Gator Invitational last weekend led by freshman Jessica Vasilic, who tied for second individually … No. 45 Women’s Tennis is off to an 11-1 start, its best since 2006, and will host three matches in four days starting with Wednesday’s match vs. No. 31 Purdue … Men’s Tennis Naoki Takeda won all three of his matches last week, improving his season mark to 14-3 … Gymnastics won two events last week, a quad-meet with BYU, Bridgeport and Texas Woman’s before defeating Air Force on Monday.


Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD). All times are listed as Mountain Standard Time. To purchase tickets for home events, click here. To access live stats from your desktop or mobile device, visit

All Day: Women’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)

All Day: Women’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
All Day: Track & Field hosts Willie Williams Classic
All Day: Sand Volleyball at Hawaii Tournament
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
11:00 a.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. Weber St. (NCAA 2nd Round – San Diego) (TV: TNT) (Live Audio)
1:30 p.m.: Women’s Tennis vs. Washington St.
6:00 p.m.: Baseball at Washington

All Day: Women’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
All Day: Track & Field hosts Willie Williams Classic
All Day: Sand Volleyball at Hawaii Tournament
All Day: Gymnastics at Pac-12 Championships (at Berkley, Calif.)
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
12:00 p.m.: Women’s Tennis vs. Oregon
2:00 p.m.: Baseball at Washington
3:30 p.m.: Softball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

TBA: Men’s Basketball vs. TBD (NCAA 3rd Round – San Diego) (TV: TBA)
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
1:00 p.m.: Baseball at Washington
5:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

12:00 p.m.: Softball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

No Events Scheduled

3:00 p.m.: Baseball at Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)


NOTE: When submitting photos for Wildcat Wednesday, please ensure they are clear and properly lit. Also, please make sure to identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly. Thanks for your help.

Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

    1.   Join the Wildcat Movement
    2.   Buy Season Tickets
    3.   Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
    4.   Get Others to do the Same

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona

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