March 23, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The magical Wildcat ride into the second week of the NCAA Tournament pulled into Anaheim Wednesday, as the University of Arizona men's basketball team made its return to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2009.
Sean Miller and his squad have scratched and clawed their way to a 29-7 record and 2011 Pac-10 regular-season championship and earned the 14th Sweet 16 appearance in school history
The fifth-seeded Wildcats defeated (12) Memphis, 77-75, and (4) Texas, 70-69, last Friday and Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., to advance to the West Regional semifinal at the Honda Center.
Arizona's tournament activities featured a pair of practices in the area, as well as the bright lights of the pre-tournament press conferences.
UA opened the day with a one-hour practice at La Mirada High School, Derrick Williams' alma mater, and an open practice at the Honda Center.
The Cats hit the Honda Center court for a 50-minute workout that included light shooting drills before a 30-minute media session and open locker room period.
Arizona faces top-seeded Duke Thursday at 6:45 p.m. PDT in the second West Regional semifinal game. The contest can be seen on CBS-TV.