WILDCATS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/WILDCATS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kragthorpe: Jay Hill applies Ute football model to Weber State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57810717-77/hill-utah-coach-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57810717-77/hill-utah-coach-state.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Jay Hill applies Ute football model to Weber State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-13T14:05:50.896-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 02:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden When a valued member of the University of Utah’s football staff landed an in-state head coaching position and headed north, The Tribune published a big photo of Jay Hill. That was five years ago, when the accompanying story was about Gary Andersen’s move to Utah State. Easy mistake, because of their resemblance. And it was prescient. Hill also was going places in the profession, becoming Weber State’s coach last December. So here he is in Ogden, applying the blueprint that Andersen took...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57810717@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:05:50 MDT Pac-12: Arizona No. 1 in basketball rankings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/57790795-221/arizona-basketball-early-forward.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogspac12blog/57790795-221/arizona-basketball-early-forward.html.csp">Pac-12: Arizona No. 1 in basketball rankings</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T10:55:02.385-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 10:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">College basketball's offseason has just begun, and Arizona is the team to beat in 2015.The Wildcats received the No. 1 ranking in Sporting News' early look at next season, just ahead of Kentucky. The publication acknowledges that freshman forward Aaron Gordon likely is headed to the NBA and may be joined by early entrants Nick Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski also face decisions. "Regardless, there will be oodles of talent in Tucson next fall," Sporting Ne...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790795@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:55:02 MDT Kentucky wilts at foul line in title game loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57790664-77/game-kentucky-uconn-calipari.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57790664-77/game-kentucky-uconn-calipari.html.csp">Kentucky wilts at foul line in title game loss</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVE SKRETTA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T16:58:04.435-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 04:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Arlington, Texas • Another team coached by John Calipari was done in at that harmless strip of paint just 15 feet from the basket. After shooting well from the free throw line much of the season, the kids from Kentucky wilted when it mattered most Monday night. Their inability to make one of the simplest shots in basketball was a big reason why the Wildcats lost 60-54 to Connecticut in the national championship game. “Well, you could say that, but the way we started the game probably cost us the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577906642014-04-09T16:58:04.435-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-09T16:58:04.435-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790664@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:58:04 MDT Kentucky and Connecticut create unlikely title-game matchup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57782636-77/kentucky-uconn-wildcats-monday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57782636-77/kentucky-uconn-wildcats-monday.html.csp">Kentucky and Connecticut create unlikely title-game matchup</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tony Jones | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T17:15:39.123-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 05:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Now there are two. In terms of seeding, Connecticut and Kentucky represent the most unlikely national title game in history. Never had a No. 8 seed made it to Monday night to face a No. 7, and if the Wildcats do prevail, they will tie Villanova for the lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament. But let’s hold on before we send out the Cinderella slippers. Kentucky and UConn are both among the blue bloods of college basketball, and both rosters are stocked with high school All-Americans and fut...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57782636@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:15:39 MDT NCAA Final Four: Kentucky edges Wisconsin, 74-73 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776792-77/harrison-kentucky-wildcats-wisconsin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776792-77/harrison-kentucky-wildcats-wisconsin.html.csp">NCAA Final Four: Kentucky edges Wisconsin, 74-73</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By eddie pells</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T23:10:38.928-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 11:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Arlington, Texas • No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight reel Kentucky and Aaron Harrison could get used to watching over and over again. Harrison took a pass from his twin brother, Andrew, spotted up from NBA range and watched the ball rattle in for the lead with 5.7 seconds left to lift the Wildcats to a 74-73 victory Saturday night over Wisconsin in the Final Four. It’s the third straight game the Kentucky freshman has made a 3 for the winning poi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577767922014-04-05T23:10:38.928-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-05T23:10:38.928-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57776792@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:10:38 MDT NCAA: Homecoming for Randle as Kentucky Wildcats hit Dallas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57774278-77/randle-dallas-final-wildcats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57774278-77/randle-dallas-final-wildcats.html.csp">NCAA: Homecoming for Randle as Kentucky Wildcats hit Dallas</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVE SKRETTA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T17:26:56.358-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 05:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Arlington, Texas • Kentucky coach John Calipari might as well have built a pipeline to Texas during the recruiting season, or at least found a nice place to rent somewhere between Dallas and Houston. As the Wildcats prepare to play Wisconsin in the Final Four on Saturday night, three of their most prominent players — bruising forward Julius Randle and twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison — are basically heading home, eager to play in front of hundreds of family and friends. “It’s just added mot...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577742782014-04-05T17:26:56.358-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-05T17:26:56.358-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57774278@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:26:56 MDT Clutch shot lifts Kentucky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57750417-77/harrison-shot-michigan-kentucky.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57750417-77/harrison-shot-michigan-kentucky.html.csp">Clutch shot lifts Kentucky</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By eddie pells</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T23:37:07.907-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 11:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Indianapolis • The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough. First, they’re heading to the Final Four — a trip to Big D courtesy of Harrison’s unforgettable big shot. The 6-foot-6 forward made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift the Wildcats and all those freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and the program’s 16th trip to the Final Four. He backpedaled ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577504172014-03-30T23:37:07.907-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-30T23:37:07.907-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from all over, including three 3-pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It’s Wisconsin’s first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57748175@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:45:03 MDT Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT in West Region http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57748857-68/final-kaminsky-points-wisconsin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57748857-68/final-kaminsky-points-wisconsin.html.csp">Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT in West Region</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BETH HARRIS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Sports Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T23:44:32.73-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 11:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Anaheim, Calif. • Frank Kaminsky carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final Saturday night. Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from all over, including three 3 pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It’s Wisconsin’s first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577488572014-03-29T23:44:32.73-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-29T23:44:32.73-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57748857@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:44:32 MDT College basketball: Michigan holds on late to beat Tennessee 73-71 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57745692-77/kentucky-michigan-seconds-free.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57745692-77/kentucky-michigan-seconds-free.html.csp">College basketball: Michigan holds on late to beat Tennessee 73-71</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T23:33:52.177-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Indianapolis • OK, so maybe they’re not the quickest learners. Still, the kids at Kentucky figured out Louisville just in time. Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift the fantastic freshman of Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals. The eighth-seeded Wildcats (27-10) led for a grand total of 65 seconds in this Midwest Regional semifinal. They’ll play Michigan on Sunday for a trip to th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577456922014-03-28T23:33:52.177-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-28T23:33:52.177-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57745692@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:33:52 MDT NCAA tournament: Arizona, San Diego State meet with more at stake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57736150-77/arizona-points-aztecs-wildcats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57736150-77/arizona-points-aztecs-wildcats.html.csp">NCAA tournament: Arizona, San Diego State meet with more at stake</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BETH HARRIS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-26T21:52:50.88-06:00">Updated Mar 26, 2014 09:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Anaheim, Calif. • Arizona and San Diego State are back on familiar ground in the NCAA West Region. Three years ago, both failed to advance out of the Sweet 16. This time, one of them is going home early again. Coach Steve Fisher has never watched the tape of the Aztecs’ loss to Connecticut as a No. 2 seed in the 2011 regional semifinals at Honda Center. Fourth-seeded SDSU (31-4) is back in the regional for the first time since then. “I still think we were better than Connecticut when they won t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577361502014-03-26T21:52:50.88-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-26T21:52:50.88-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57736150@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:52:50 MDT ’Cats run past Zags on way to Sweet 16 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57720754-77/arizona-sweet-baylor-gonzaga.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57720754-77/arizona-sweet-baylor-gonzaga.html.csp">’Cats run past Zags on way to Sweet 16</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-23T23:49:02.268-06:00">Updated Mar 23, 2014 11:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Diego • Arms waving and legs churning, the Arizona Wildcats are racing back into the Sweet 16. Overwhelming Gonzaga with its contest-everything defense, Arizona looked very much like the top seed in the West, blowing out the Bulldogs 84-61 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. Coming off a shaky NCAA tournament opener, Arizona (32-4) ended a wild first weekend of upsets and buzzer beaters with a display of domination. This was not the epic double-overtime game t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577207542014-03-23T23:49:02.268-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-23T23:49:02.268-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57720754@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:49:02 MDT College basketball: Pressure off Gonzaga in this year’s NCAA Tournament http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57718443-77/arizona-gonzaga-game-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57718443-77/arizona-gonzaga-game-state.html.csp">College basketball: Pressure off Gonzaga in this year’s NCAA Tournament</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By John Marshall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T23:13:31.593-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 11:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Diego • Gonzaga went into last year’s NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and the pressure took its toll, sending the Zags home after two games. This year, they’re in a different frame of mind, back to their familiar underdog role and hoping to use it to their advantage against Arizona on Sunday and, hopefully, beyond. “There isn’t as much pressure,” Gonzaga forward Sam Dower Jr. said Saturday from San Diego State’s Viejas Arena. “I wouldn’t say we’re looser; we’re more aggressive. We ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577184432014-03-22T23:13:31.593-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-22T23:13:31.593-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57718443@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:13:31 MDT Final: Arizona defeats Weber State 68-59 at NCAAs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57712602-77/weber-arizona-state-wildcats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57712602-77/weber-arizona-state-wildcats.html.csp">Final: Arizona defeats Weber State 68-59 at NCAAs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T23:04:16.737-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 11:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">SanDiego • Nobody expected Weber State to upset Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. Nobody except the 16th-seeded Wildcats. It didn’t happen, of course. It’s never happens. The No. 1 seed always wins its opener and Arizona did this time, too. Nick Johnson scored 18 points and Aaron Gordon added 16 to lead the Pac 12 regular-season champions to a 68-59 victory at Viejas Arena. Weber State came close, however. Despite making only six of their first 30 shots and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57712602@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:04:16 MDT NCAA West Region: Arizona eyes long run after beating Weber State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57714578-77/weber-arizona-state-johnson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57714578-77/weber-arizona-state-johnson.html.csp">NCAA West Region: Arizona eyes long run after beating Weber State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T23:04:16.776-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 11:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Diego • If Arizona makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, coach Sean Miller says the Wildcats might have to thank Weber State. Arizona, the top-seed in the West Region, defeated No. 16 Weber on Friday at Viejas Arena, 68-59. After the Wildcats advanced to the Round of 32, Miller said, “Weber State was playing great basketball today. No question, it was a good game for us to play. It reminded us how hard it is to play in this tournament.” On paper, Arizona will have more difficult tasks tha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57714578@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:04:16 MDT Weber State’s biggest problem? Arizona defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57709522-77/weber-arizona-state-wildcats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57709522-77/weber-arizona-state-wildcats.html.csp">Weber State’s biggest problem? Arizona defense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T22:43:55.868-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 10:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Diego • Before Weber State can think about upsetting powerful Arizona in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats must figure out how to score. Arizona rode an unrelenting defense to a 30-4 record and the No. 1 seed in the West Region. Weber State, the No. 16 seed, led the Big Sky Conference in scoring and 3-point shooting. The Wildcats dropped 88 points in North Dakota in the championship game of the league tournament. Arizona, however, is a different animal. The Pac-12 regular-season champion ran...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57709522@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:43:55 MDT Weber State basketball: Wildcats overcome slow start to reach NCAA tournament http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57695517-77/state-weber-rahe-wildcats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57695517-77/state-weber-rahe-wildcats.html.csp">Weber State basketball: Wildcats overcome slow start to reach NCAA tournament</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-17T23:20:18.158-06:00">Updated Mar 17, 2014 11:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden • As Christmas approached and the losses mounted, Weber State coach Randy Rahe didn’t know where his team was headed. It certainly didn’t look like the NCAA Tournament. “The big picture never entered my mind,” Rahe said Monday. “... I wasn’t thinking about it, in all honesty. We were just consumed with trying to figure out how to make our team better.” Mission accomplished. After a 2-5 start, the Wildcats won the Big Sky Conference regular season and postseason tournament. They qualified f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57695517@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:20:18 MDT NCAA Tournament: Kentucky seeks redemption in Midwest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57685544-77/kentucky-state-seed-tournament.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57685544-77/kentucky-state-seed-tournament.html.csp">NCAA Tournament: Kentucky seeks redemption in Midwest</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-16T23:09:45.965-06:00">Updated Mar 16, 2014 11:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Undefeated Wichita State is the top-seed in the Midwest Regional, but all eyes will be on Kentucky. Can the Wildcats save a shockingly mediocre season with a deep run? Everyone is about to find out. Kentucky enters the Big Dance as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest. It will open the tournament against ninth-seeded Kansas State, with the winner likely getting a shot at the Shockers. This situation is not what the Wildcats — or anybody else — expected. For the first time since 1996, Kentucky was rank...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57685544@www.sltrib.com Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:09:45 MDT Weber State basketball: Wildcats draw daunting Arizona http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57690329-77/state-weber-wildcats-tournament.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57690329-77/state-weber-wildcats-tournament.html.csp">Weber State basketball: Wildcats draw daunting Arizona</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-17T11:09:31.244-06:00">Updated Mar 17, 2014 11:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden • Not even the prospect of playing powerful Arizona could dampen Weber State’s enthusiasm on Selection Sunday. As the regular-season and postseason tournament champion in the Big Sky Conference, the Wildcats are headed to their first NCAA tournament since 2007. “It’s about time,” Weber coach Randy Rahe said. “We’ve been fighting like crazy. We’ve been right there a number of times but ...” The Wildcats are a No. 16 seed and will play No. 1 Arizona in the first round of the West Regional on...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57690329@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:09:31 MDT College basketball: Damian Lillard revels in Weber State’s big victory http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57688638-77/lillard-weber-berry-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57688638-77/lillard-weber-berry-state.html.csp">College basketball: Damian Lillard revels in Weber State’s big victory</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-16T16:47:50.161-06:00">Updated Mar 16, 2014 04:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden The moment it became clear that this was Weber State’s night was just before halftime, when Davion Berry delivered a 25-foot shot and a courtside fan excitedly slapped Berry’s hand in celebration. Yes, when NBA star Damian Lillard is impressed, that’s a good sign. Lillard’s loyalty was rewarded Saturday night. One of Weber State’s most famous alumni witnessed an 88-67 victory over North Dakota for the Big Sky Conference tournament championship at the Dee Events Center. His former teamma...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57688638@www.sltrib.com Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:47:50 MDT