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Sonoran Hot Reads: Nowhere in the Pac-12 comes close to McKale Center

Arizona has the best college basketball venue in the far

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A lot of college basketball fans know that McKale Center is one of the best environments in the sport. But when ESPN ranked the Pac-12 venues, they went a step above, saying: "The Wildcats sell out 14,655 seats every night, they're almost always good, and they almost never lose at home. Venue-wise, nowhere in the Pac-12 comes close." Those that weren’t close? UW at No. 2, Colorado at No. 3, and Utah in 4th. I would have thought Utah would get a better mark based on what Arizona players have told me in the past

- Speaking of Colorado and someone that used to play in McKale, Kyle Fogg won The Basketball Tournament MVP and got some cash. Hopefully he’ll pay back Derrick Williams now

- Jon Rothstein broke down the Pac-12 in his latest podcast, and also had Bobby Hurley on as a guest

- Arizona made the final five schools for SG Gary Trent Jr.


- The Wildcats report to campus on Wednesday. Here’s three questions that Ted Miller has heading into camp

- Week Five may be the best week the Pac-12 has to offer

- A week like that could be why the conference is the most likely to have a two-loss champion this year

- Is USC really a sleeper to make the College Football Playoff this year?

- Remember some of the weird things that happened last year?

- Ka’Deem Carey appears to be making a pretty big impact at Bears camp in the early going

- Here are five offensive players that you should keep an eye on throughout fall camp

- Arizona is the 54th-best program all-time according to the AP. Higher or lower than you thought? And yes, I’m sorry I forgot that the 90’s were actually mostly good

- Twitterbag returned to answer questions about possible upgrades to football’s facilities and more


- Kevin Newman is now the 51st-ranked player on Baseball America’s top prospects list. Newman is hitting .324 in Double-A

- Jett Bandy has a new number, but is still hitting dingers for the Angels

Other sports

- Women’s soccer is ranked 20th in the preseason poll

Tucson news

- Be sure to go vote for all of the Elite Eight matchups in the Tucson Restaurant Tournament

- The Tucson Mountain Park will be expanding thanks to a donation by a U of A plant pathologist

- Vail Unified had to evacuate two high schools and send those students to Cienega thanks to significant flooding in the area