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20070311 Cats Face Purdue in New Orleans
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/11/2007
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<P><FONT face=Arial size=2>NEW YORK--Arizona earned a No. 8 seed in the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships and will face No. 9 seed Purdue on Friday in New Orleans, as participants in the Midwest Region.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>New Orleans also features the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, Florida (29-5), which faces Jackson State (21-13) on Friday. The winner of that game plays the winner of the UA-Purdue game in the second round.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>The UA-Purdue matchup is the first game of the evening session, scheduled for 6:20 p.m. (CDT). the Florida-Jackson State game follows. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Both Arizona (20-11) and Purdue (21-11) were at-large picks for the tourney. Like Arizona, the Boilers were knocked out of their conference tournament, in the latter case by eventual No. 1 seed Ohio State. Purdue tied for fourth in the Big Ten regular season with a 9-7 record. Arizona lost to Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament and Purdue lost to Ohio State in a Big Ten tournament semi-final.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Other teams playing in a pod at New Orleans Friday/Sunday but feeding into the South Regional include No. 2 Memphis (30-3) vs. No. 15 North Texas (23-10), and No. 7 seed Nevada (28-4) vs. No. 10 Creighton (22-10). Memphis meets UNT at 1130 am., with the Nevada-Creighton game 30 minutes after that first game ends.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=4><FONT size=2>Arizona is making its 23rd consecutive NCAA appearance and 26th overall. The 23 trips is the nation's longest active streak. </FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=4><FONT size=2>In the tournament, Arizona historically is 4-0 vs. No. 9 seeds -- including a victory over Wisconsin last year at Philadelphia -- and 2-4 in games played as the No. 8 seed.</FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=4>Ticket Information:</FONT></P> <P>New Orleans Arena <BR>New Orleans, Louisiana <BR>Host: Tulane University<BR>Ticket Info: $145 * <BR>Phone: 504/525-5678<BR>Web site: <A href="http://www.gnosports.com/ncaa" target=_blank>www.gnosports.com/ncaa</A></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2><BR></FONT> </P>
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