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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 8:00 am, Wed Mar 6, 2013.

Yet again, another college basketball regular season is coming to an end, which only means one thing, it’s tournament time! The part of the season when each game becomes increasingly important and at any given moment, a team’s season can end on a simple flick of the wrist. Conference tournaments will take place first and shortly after is the highly coveted, NCAA tournament.

After a rugged 30-game regular season for every team in the country, they all begin to look forward to a week packed with familiar competition as they take on teams in their conference. Each game becomes a struggle to either keep your season alive or to improve your seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament.

The conference tournament is a vital part of the season for many teams due to the fact that winning the conference championship gives a team an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of their record.

The Arizona Wildcats (23-6, 11-6 Pac-12) await their final game of the regular season against in-state rival, Arizona State University (20-10, 9-8 Pac-12) which will be played at McKale Center Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Wildcats are currently fourth in the conference behind Oregon, UCLA and California. At the moment, Arizona State holds on to seventh place in the Pac-12.

This college basketball season has truly proven to be completely unpredictable as pre-season rankings went out the window as defending national champion and pre-season No.3 Kentucky now fights for a spot in the tournament. Rankings have become meaningless as the unranked underdogs continue to storm the court and the prestigious No.1 seeds fall five consecutive weeks. 

So, optimistically speaking, a Pac-12 team may actually have the best chance of winning the NCAA tournament as they lead all conferences with 15 national champions. Behind them, the ACC has 12, followed by the SEC (11), Big-Ten (10), and Big East (6).

However, it is more than likely that a Pac-12 team doesn’t reach the national championship as the conference has proven to be weaker compared to other conferences. Having said that, the Big-Ten and Big East have performed at a level that has many people convinced a national champion is coming out of one of those conferences. 

Although many eager fans are looking forward to “March Madness”, teams most focus on being successful in their conference tournaments as that can make all the difference this year. In a season of unpredictability, every little detail counts which reinforces that a solid conclusion to your season is more essential than ever.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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