UA-Belmont pregame: Is snow good sign for Wildcats?

2013-03-21T10:28:00Z 2013-03-21T20:10:27Z UA-Belmont pregame: Is snow good sign for Wildcats?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 21, 2013 10:28 am  • 

SALT LAKE CITY -- Don't know if this means anything but the Salt Lake Tribune wrote today that expectations for the skidding Wildcats have "melted away like the spring snowpack along the Wasatch Front" -- but it has been snowing here on and off since early this morning...

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Then again, UA suffered one of its worst losses of the year, 71-58 at Colorado, while a mild snowstorm hit Boulder ...

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The game will tip at 4:20 p.m. on TNT, with Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Jamie Maggio working the broadcast.

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UA athletic director Greg Byrne said the school sold its allotment of 200 tickets and estimates there may be about 2,000 UA fans at the 19,921-seat arena, though it is hard to tell because fans are buying tickets via a number of different channels.

For those who are here, a rally is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MT at the Marriott City Center hotel (where the team is staying).

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Some other coverage around today's game:

-- Belmont would prefer everyone (including the First Fan) not pick them to upset the Wildcats. 

-- Kaleb Tarczewski has taken a liking to Tucson's Mexican food, and is glad to have his mom around.

-- Jack Magruder has a look at Belmont's three-point threat.

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Our coverage today: A main advance noting that this is the place for Arizona to be, sidelines notes, Greg Hansen's column on Belmont and first-round upsets, the challenge for UA's big men. There's also a bunch of other stuff on our Wildcats page.

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Other Pac-12 games today:

Oregon vs. Oklahoma State, 1:40 p.m., TNT

Cal vs. UNLV, 4:27 p.m. TruTV (roughly the same time as UA-Belmont -- so if you tire of TNT commercials you can flip over to this one...)

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John Canzano offers Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny and Dana Altman some credit for the Ducks' success.

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Former Oakland Soldiers teammate Dominic Artis is trying to keep Oregon in the ear of Aaron Gordon, who is expected to be on hand today at the Ducks' game.

Gordon had an official McDonald's party (though his coach would not allow fries), and a Ducks blog is optimistic about their chances for him.

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Ricky Kreklow is back for the Bears.

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ASU is off to Waco after taking care of Detroit in the NIT on Wednesday.

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Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie could cause more matchup trouble in the tourney.

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Predictably, Jamie Dixon declined to talk about the USC job speculation.

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The NCAA will reconsider the rule allowing unlimiting texting to recruits.

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Josh Pastner went on the defensive at a news conference Wednesday.

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Reggie Geary's Yokohama team clinched a spot in the Japan playoffs.

 

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