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Hot Off the Press: Arizona Basketball Links


So Sean Miller's club stamped its #WeNeverLeft Twitter hashtag on the Arizona program Saturday, winning the Pac-10 Championship outright by defeating Oregon at home.

Of course, the stepping stone has created a lot of media buzz. Even when the Wildcats enter Thursday's approximate 2:40 p.m. PST game as the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, their 12th league title and perfect home record this season puts Miller's club firmly back on the map.

After the jump is everything you need to know about the Wildcats' end of the regular season.

Vincent Balistreri of the Daily Wildcat tells us how much the players and coaches recognize the importance of home court and the factor of the ZonaZoo, while our photog pal Mike Christy got some amazing shots of the postgame celebration.

What's Miller to do when voting for the Player of the Year in the Pac-10? The Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe tries to understand where the coach's vote will go for the award that will be announced later today.

Speaking of awards, should Sean Miller himself win the Pac-10 Coach of the Year? Teams like Cal and Oregon did much more than expected behind coaches Mike Montgomery and Dana Altman, but while Miller already had high expectations upon him with his team picked to finish No. 2 in the preseason, he still overachieved, says Anthony Gimino of the Citizen.

Jamelle Horne was finally able to cut down the nets through a career of high expectations and three different head coaches (not counting Mr. Olson), says Pat Finley of the Star.

Bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation gives the Wildcats a favorable No. 5 seed playing in the Denver regional. He has Arizona facing No. 12 seed play-ins of either Marquette or Virginia Tech.

Fellow reporter Bryan Roy discusses Arizona's return to Pac-10 supremacy for FoxSports.com