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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2012: Arizona's road ahead & links

When the Arizona Wildcats entered Memorial Day weekend, much was on the line and their future lay in the hazy unknown.

Andy Lopez's squad had a series with the rival Sun Devils to go before knowing their fate. They'd also find out if the NCAA had chosen them to host a regional. And as for milestones, the Wildcats still had some history to make; with some success, they could own their share of the conference title for the first time since 1992, the same year they last hosted an NCAA regional.

They accomplished their goals, and they'll face Big 12 tournament champion Missouri in the friendly confines of Hi Corbett field this Friday at 8 p.m. Arizona also walked off with as co-champions with UCLA of the Pac-12, finishing the year with a 38-17 overall record and a 20-10 record in league play.


No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State 4 p.m. (ESPNU / ESPN3)

No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 Louisville 8 p.m. (ESPNU / ESPN3)


A full bracket of the NCAA tournament

Steve Rivera writes on why the move to Hi Corbett Field was a good one for the Wildcats. While we already knew this was true, here's the paragraph that stands out the most.

Bryne, the catalyst for the move ...(made) his point in a tweet to fans and media Sunday afternoon when he said Arizona's ticket revenue was $69,000 last year but was $98,500 for the ASU series alone. Those were the results he was hoping for when the decision to move was made.

Ryan Finley's preview story for the upcoming regional tournament.

Other Pac-12 teams in the NCAA tournament

No. 1 UCLA (42-14, 20-10 Pac-12)

No. 1 Oregon (42-17, 19-11)

No. 1 Stanford (38-16, 18-12)

No. 2 Oregon State (38-26, 18-12)