March 17, 2011
TULSA, Okla. -- A rebirth of sorts happened today in Tulsa, as the University of Arizona men's basketball team made its return to NCAA Tournament activity Thursday following a one-year hiatus.
Coach Sean Miller and his charges raced to a 27-7 record and 2011 Pac-10 regular-season championship and earned a No. 5 seed in the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
Miller's Cats finished last season with a 16-15 record and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.
Arizona's tournament activities featured a pair of practices in Tulsa, as well as the bright lights of the pre-tournament press conferences.
UA opened the day with a one-hour practice at the University of Tulsa's Reynolds Center before heading over to the BOK Center, site of NCAA Tournament action, located in downtown Tulsa.
Following a 30-minute media session and open locker room period, the Cats hit the BOK Center court for some light shooting drills, primarily to get used to the court, lights, rims and shooting background.
Arizona faces 12th-seeded Memphis Friday at approximately 2 p.m. CDT in a NCAA West Region second round game. The contest can be seen on CBS-TV.