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Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona hockey starts play at Nationals on Thursday

Time for another Arizona team in a national tournament

Jason Bartel

While all eyes have turned towards the NCAA Tournament, another Arizona team is preparing to start play in their national tournament on Thursday. The Arizona hockey team is in Chicago, opening play in the ACHA National Tournament against 17-seed Western Michigan. The Wildcats are the 16-seed in the 20-team tournament, and the winner will play No. 1 Minot State on Friday. Arizona played Minot four times this season, and lost all four games by one goal each. Here's the full bracket


- Oregon was in trouble against UCLA, but pulled out a 76-68 win to clinch at least a share of the regular season title

- Arizona and Cal are essentially squaring off for the 3-seed on Thursday

Our power rankings have a slightly new order to them heading into the final weekend


- A Buffalo football player died after a practice incident earlier this week. Consider contributing to the Go Fund Me page to possibly set up a scholarship in his name

- You can now buy tickets to the Arizona/BYU game in Glendale

- After an offseason full of shakeups, Arizona will fly under the radar in 2016

- After that offseason full of coaching changes, Rich Rodriguez also has high expectations for recruiting this year:


- Nathan Bannister and Bobby Dalbec shutout a ranked Cal State Fullerton team in the Wildcats' home opener


- The Wildcats will host 15 games this weekend at Hillenbrand

Other sports

- Men's swimming and diving is in second place after one day of the Pac-12 Championships

- Women's basketball plays Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday. Here's a look at the full bracket

Gymnastics will take on No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday

Men's tennis hosts LMU on Thursday, and Fresno State on Saturday

Tucson news

- A Tucson couple was implicated in a Sierra Vista drug trafficking ring

- A woman pushing a stroller was allegedly sexually assaulted

- The way UAlert works may be changing