Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcat Wednesday - Men's Basketball Advances to the Sweet Sixteen
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2014
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We had a great weekend in San Diego to open the NCAA Tournament, defeating No. 16 Weber St. and playing some of our best basketball of the season to soundly defeat No. 8 Gonzaga and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the last four years. As I’m sure you noticed, our fans filled the arena, providing our guys with a virtual home game. It was great seeing everyone and we hope to see you this weekend in Anaheim.

Our regional semifinal game is set for Thursday night at 7:17 p.m. MST on TBS against No. 4 San Diego St. at Anaheim’s Honda Center. We will continue to ask you to wear red, whether you are in Anaheim for the game or going to the grocery store to pick-up supplies for your watch party. No matter what you’re doing this week, show your support for the Wildcats and use the hashtag #WearRed to share your photos with us via Twitter (@AZAthletics) and Facebook.

For your convenience, we have set up an NCAA Tournament Central page to keep you updated with everything you need to know about our run in the tournament. It contains sections that include game information, radio broadcast info, March2Madness videos, the bracket, our digital guide, links to our postseason gameday app, pregame event info, ticket info including links to our official secondary ticket exchange partner PrimeSport, and an opportunity to request 2014-15 men’s basketball season tickets.


Last week, we provided information on our Bear Down with Pride initiative and we appreciate everyone showing the class and sportsmanship we’d all expect as representatives of the University of Arizona. I had the chance to shoot a video discussing this initiative further and I wanted to share it with you here. Just click on the graphic below to access that video.


We’ve tried to provide regular updates on the upcoming renovations to McKale Center and what those plans include. We hope to begin the renovation after we seek ABOR approval on April 3. In the meantime, we’d like to share some updated renderings with you that illustrate our plans to improve the experience for our student-athletes. Click here to view the photo gallery.

If you would like to contribute to the McKale renovation project, please contact a member of our development team at (520) 621-2582.


We’re only a few weeks away from the inaugural Super Wildcat Weekend. One of the first fan events is Movie Night at Arizona Stadium on Thursday, April 10. The movie shown will be Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. The movie will be shown on the gigantic CatVision video board and seating will be available in the new lower-bowl north end zone seats. Admission is free and free parking can be found on the surface streets around the stadium (but there is a charge to park in the Cherry Garage). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. The main event of Super Wildcat Weekend will be the annual Arizona football spring game, which is Saturday, April 12 at Arizona Stadium. For more information, visit


Coach Lopez
 and the baseball team have a big three-game series coming up with the Oregon State Beavers, a team ranked in the Top 10 for most of the season. Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game starts at 4 p.m. and it’s “Social Media Day.” Sunday’s game is at noon and it’s “Sunday Funday,” select concession items are 50% off and after the game kids can run the bases. Click here to purchase online. Remember, you’ll save $2 per ticket when you purchase online or in advance. 


Adrian Koch joined the Wildcat football team in 1997 as a walk-on after serving four years in the US Marine Corp. Koch’s work ethic and passion won over then head coach Dick Tomey, and he was awarded a full scholarship in 1998. He lettered for three years and was voted captain by his teammates during his senior season. Currently, Koch is the ATS Coordinator at Pueblo High School. He is also the director of the Briggs 4 Kidz Foundation football camp held in Tucson annually.

Koch on what it means to be a Wildcat…

“To be a Wildcat means to bleed red and blue, and BEAR DOWN against our competition and in life. It’s wearing the Block A on your helmets or on your chests. It’s being a Wildcat for life and singing Bear Down Arizona after every victory. We live for Arizona!”

Picture (L-R): Letterman Lance Briggs ’02, Daniel Flore, Letterman Adrian Koch ‘00


We’re collecting 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 Tournament under way, a term you might hear a lot during the broadcasts is ‘walk-on.’ A walk-on is a student-athlete who is a member of the team but does not receive a scholarship and therefore does not count towards the team’s scholarship limit. Coaches are permitted to recruit a potential student-athlete as a walk-on and are allowed to promise them a spot on the team, but the student-athlete may not receive any athletically related financial aid. Student-athletes are still permitted to receive financial aid from their school without counting towards their team’s scholarship limit if the aid is unrelated to the student’s athletic ability.


There are just a few days left in the 30 Prizes in 30 Days renewal contest. We still have a couple of great prizes to giveaway, including a VIP package to the 2015 Fiesta Bowl, so if you haven’t renewed yet, get your football and/or Wildcat Club donation renewal in today. Click here to renew online … Women’s Swimming’s Margo Geer defended her NCAA 100-meter freestyle championship at the national meet, finishing ahead of Olympian Missy Franklin. Geer also swam a 46.86 to lead off the 400-free relay, which is the second-fastest time in American history … Doubles teams of Kim Stubbe and Lauren marker and Akilah James and Susan McRann are both undefeated this season, helping No. 29 Women’s Tennis to a 14-1 record to start the season … No. 8 Softball currently leads the nation in both homers (54) and batting average (.361) … Gymnastics’ Shelby Edwards and Allie Flores shared the Pac-12 vault title with scores of 9.950 … Men’s Golf’s Alex McMahon finished second on the individual list at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at 13-under, helping the team to a third-place finish.


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: Men’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
7:17 p.m.: Men’s Basketball vs. San Diego St. (NCAA Regional Semifinal – Anaheim) (TV: TBS)

All Day: Men’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
11:30 a.m.: Women’s Tennis at Stanford (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
1:30 p.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. California
1:30 p.m.: Sand Volleyball vs. Nebraska (at Phoenix)
4:00 p.m.: Sand Volleyball at Grand Canyon
5:00 p.m.: Softball at Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
7:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

TBA: Men’s Basketball vs. TBD (NCAA Regional Final – Anaheim) (TV: TBA)
All Day: Men’s Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
All Day: Track & Field at ASU Invitational
12:00 p.m.: Women’s Tennis at California
4:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
7:00 p.m.: Softball at Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

10:00 a.m.: Men’s Tennis vs. Stanford
12:00 p.m.: Baseball vs. Oregon St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
7:00 p.m.: Softball at Arizona St. (TV: Pac-12 Networks)

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Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! If your photo submission did not make this week’s edition of the Wildcat Wednesday, please check our “Wildcat Wednesday” album at

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

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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