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More school pride in Tucson than Tempe

NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Everything between Arizona and Arizona State can be turned into a childish competition, so when UA beats ASU at something really dumb, it becomes really important. Today’s really dumb thing: license plate sales. The state of Arizona sells specialty plates for U of A, ASU and NAU, and guess what, the red and blue is the most popular by a decent amount. There are 24,000 registered plates out on the road representing the Block A, while there are just 18,000 Sun Devil ones out there. It’s not just school pride either. A percentage of the registration goes to scholarship funds, so Arizona fans and alums are doing more for their school than the other in-state schools

- In other Arizona-y news, Motel 6 is returning as the sponsor of the Cactus Bowl

- The main topic after Saturday has been the lackluster Arizona offense. We spent a lot of time on that in the Twitterbag and the roundtable

- At least the Wildcats aren’t USC, where JuJu Smith-Schuster is getting into fights with Trojan defenders and almost walking out of practice

- Those Trojans also fell quite a bit in our latest Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings

- Gabe visited with Bryce Gilbert on Friday night, where he found out that Gilbert is quite loyal to the Arizona coaching staff

- Be sure to bookmark this page as we continue on with Grambling week

Basketball

- I’m sure you’ve heard, but Arizona landed a commitment from the top player in the 2017 class, DeAndre Ayton. This is the first time UA has landed a consensus No. 1 player

- Anthony Gimino wrote about why it was a landmark day for Arizona basketball and Sean Miller

- This probably pushes Ikechukwu Obiagu even closer to Maryland

Baseball

- Cody Ramer hit his first professional home run in Orem’s final home regular season game of the year

- Zach Gibbons was named a Pioneer League All-Star

Other sports

- Two incoming beach volleyball freshmen were named High School All-Americans

- Taryne Mowatt’s birthday cake was perfect:

Best birthday cake EVER!! Thank you Sweet T's Bakery for this amazing cake!!

A photo posted by Taryne Mowatt (@tarynemowatt) on

Tucson news

- A brush fire started in the Santa Cruz River Tuesday night

- Hurricane Newton is coming, so you can get sandbags to prepare for possible flooding

- Mabu, the bull elephant at Reid Park Zoo, will be heading back to San Diego

- ITT Tech is closed

- The U of A is considering banning e-cigarettes