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Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona baseball projected to host NCAA Regional

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This would be some kind of turnaround

Jason Bartel

The Arizona Wildcats are hot. How hot? They've won seven of their last eight, eight of their last ten, and ten of their last 13, including four-straight on the road in the last six days. That run has them leading the Pac-12 with ten wins, and according to the guys at D1Baseball, has vaulted Arizona into a projected Regional host position. Right now, D1Baseball has the Wildcats hosting Wright State, Vanderbilt and Cal Poly in the first weekend of the NCAA postseason. That would be crazy in Jay Johnson's first year, and after this team has missed the postseason the last three seasons

- On the flip side, College Baseball Daily says Arizona is still a two-seed, bound for the UC-Santa Barbara Regional. In reality, the West Coast has not been very good at baseball this year in general, and that could end up working in Arizona's advantage when the selection committee is selecting a Pacific time zone host

- The hot Wildcats open a three-game series on Thursday night against USC. The game starts at 7 PM PT on Pac-12 Networks

- Let's hope that we get to see Matt Hartman and Tyler Crawford pitch back-to-back at some point so we can watch them hand off the pitching glasses again

Basketball

- Terrance Ferguson and Lauri Markkanen are 15th and 16th respectively in 247's final 2016 class ranking

- Arizona finished 3rd in ESPN's final class rankings

- The Arizona/Gonzaga game in December at Staples Center is officially official

Football

- The NFL Draft starts on Thursday. Our final draft profile was Reggie Gilbert, who has an outside chance of being drafted on Saturday

Other sports

- Men's golf begins the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City on Friday

- Sand Volleyball competes in their Pac-12 Championships Thursday-Sunday in Los Angeles

- Swimming and diving's Bonnie Brandon was honored as finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup

- There are several Arizona athletes looking to participate in this year's Olympic Games in Rio

Tucson news

- There were several shootings around the city on Wednesday, which is really unfortunate, and thoughts go out to all those affected by the unnecessary violence

- The rabid skunk warning has been expanded as four such creatures have been found in Pima County this month

- Chipotle is thinking about adding Chorizo to its menu