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 $12, you get a four-game ticket package (a $24 value) to see the University of Arizona women's basketball team. The package includes the following games:
- Friday, December 31 against Oregon Ducks at 3 p.m.
- Thursday, January 20 against Washington Huskies at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, February 5 against Stanford Cardinal at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, February 13 against Arizona State Sun Devils at 2 p.m.
Cheer on the Wildcats as they hope to make their case for an invitation to this March's basketball semi-formal tournament with four home games against tough Pac-10 Conference competition. The 2010–11 squad is led by the skilled shooting of guard Davellyn White (the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year), the double-doubling of Erica Barnes, and the strategic mastermindery of Niya Butts, a former player of all-time-winningest-NCAA basketball coach Pat Summitt.
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.