Humans have been putting spherical objects in hoops for centuries, but until the invention of the dunk, the fast break, and face dribbling, it wasn't an activity worth watching. See if "basketball" lives up to the hype with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two tickets (a $12 value) to the University of Arizona men's basketball team's Red-Blue scrimmage on October 24 at 1 p.m. at Olson Court.
Part of the University's homecoming weekend, the Red-Blue game pits fellow Arizona basketballers against each other in a friendly match of net-based wills. Catch the first glimpse of the 2010–11 Wildcats team, led by head coach Sean Miller; sophomore forward Derrick Williams, an early frontrunner for college player of the year and the Academy Award for best costume design; and junior guard Kyle Fogg. Fans arriving fashionably early will score a poster, card, and magnet handily printed with the season schedule (available while supplies last). Before the game and during halftime, members of the Arizona Adaptive Athletics wheelchair basketball team will take the court for additional dribbling, shooting, and sweating action.
The men's basketball program at the University of Arizona has enjoyed a long and distinguished history, with 25 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, a national championship, and many former players now working in orthodontia. After last year's fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 conference, the team appears ready for another nail-gnawing, thrilling season.
University of Arizona Wildcats
Over the years, the University of Arizona’s athletic teams have been linked together by one phrase: “bear down.” Now the official battle cry of the Wildcats, those were the dying words of an iconic student-athlete, John “Button” Salmon, who died in 1926 after a fatal car accident. Since then, the phrase has stood behind countless milestone moments, such as when Lute Olson, in 1983, became the 11th head coach of the Wildcats men’s basketball team, setting off a string of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances—including a national title in 1997. Several other national titles belong to Arizona outside of the hardwood, including four from the men’s baseball team and eight from the women’s softball program. Every fall inside Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats football team rouses up to 56,000 fans with hard-hitting Pac-12 showdowns, by far the most popular event on campus behind the linguistics department’s weekly phonetics bee.
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