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Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona's academics put Wildcats in Final Four

Take that Cal

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It's that time for the annual tradition of people filling out brackets, and picking very strange ways to do it. Well, thanks to the people at Inside Higher Ed, they filled out a bracket based on each school's Academic Progress Rate (APR) score, and the Arizona Wildcats find themselves in the Final Four, ultimately losing to eventual champion Texas. I mostly like this bracket because it has Cal losing in the first round to Hawai'i, and anything that undercuts Cal fans' claim to be the greatest school to happen to academics is okay with me.

- Are you filling out a bracket? Why not do it in our official group with us and other Arizona fans. You could also join the Equality Bracket and join their cause

- Five Thirty Eight says Arizona has a 2% chance to win the National Championship

- Be sure to read this feature on T.J. McConnell, and how he still doesn't feel settled in at the NBA level

- The Memphis president is doing a comprehensive review of the men's basketball program, which means that Josh Pastner's time there might be coming to an end soon. One coach's time that did end was Stanford's Johnny Dawkins

- Arizona's first round opponent will be set Tuesday night. Be sure to read Ryan's comprehensive breakdown of the game. Or you could just take Kevin O'Neill's word that Vanderbilt is soft. Joe Lunardi says the Wildcats are ripe for an upset in the first round. Myron Medcalf says no Pac-12 teams will make the Sweet 16

Sean Miller joined Paul Finebaum to discuss receiving a 6-seed

- Here are some takes on Arizona's draw from Campus Insiders and The Left Bench

- Chance Comanche has moved up in the rotation, even ahead of Dusan Ristic on occasion

- Are you trying to go to the games in Providence? TiqIQ might have some options available for you

- We previewed all four regions. Here are our takes on the SouthMidwestEast, and West


- Ted Miller gives his thoughts on the biggest Arizona storylines for the rest of spring practice

Four-star running back Eno Benjamin has Arizona in his top ten


- Arizona will host New Mexico State for a single game Tuesday night after sweeping Sacramento State this weekend

- Saturday's 23-1 drubbing of the Hornets caught the eyes of the guys at D1Baseball


- Taylor McQuillin was named the Pac-12 Pitcher and Freshman of the Week after Arizona had a perfect weekend in Texas

Other sports

- Check out the best photos from the last week

- The women's swimming and diving NCAA Championships are in Atlanta this week

- Beach volleyball is ranked 7th in this week's coaches poll

Tucson news

- A paving project on Alvernon has been delayed because the company had some of the equipment needed stolen

Parental leave for Pima County officials is going to be a hot topic for the coming days and weeks

- A jockey was seriously hurt at Rillito after falling off his horse on Sunday

- Bernie Sanders is having an event in Phoenix on Tuesday