The Arizona men's basketball team gets things going tonight in the 2005 NCAA Basketball Tournament by taking on the Utah State Aggies in Boise, Idaho, at the Taco Bell Arena. The game starts at 5:20 p.m. (MST) and you can catch all the action in Tucson on the local CBS affiliate, channel 13. You can also see the post-game press conferences with Lute Olson and selected UA players live on FSN Arizona after the game concludes.
The Wildcats (27-6, 15-3 Pac-10) enter their 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Chicago region and face a USU team (24-7, 13-5 Big West) that is the No. 14 seed and received an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Big West Tournament last weekend.
The Wildcats will once again look for seniors Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye to lead their attack and the pair is trying to continue a long-standing UA hoops legacy tonight as well. What are they trying to accomplish? Every four-year player that has entered the program since the fall of 1985 has won at least 100 games in his career -- and with a win tonight, the duo will get win No. 100 in their star-studded stints in Tucson.
The winner of the Arizona/Utah State game will take on the LSU/Alabama-Birmingham winner on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.