The 1997 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game was the finals of the 1997 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and it determined the national champion for the 1996–97 season. The 1997 National Title Game was played on March 31, 1997, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 1997 National Title Game was played between the 1997 West Regional Champions, #1-seeded Kentucky, and the 1997 Southeast Regional Champions, #4-seeded Arizona.
The 2012 season marked the sixty-sixth NCAA Baseball Tournament, which culminated with the eight-team College World Series. The College World Series was held in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight teams played a double-elimination format, with Arizona claiming their fourth championship with two games to none series win over South Carolina in the final.
The University of Arizona participates in the NCAA’s Division I-A in the Pac-12 Conference Arizona participates in the conference’s South Division, along with Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah. Arizona joined the Pac-8 in 1978 along with Arizona State University, bringing the conference to 10 teams and the new name of the Pac-10 (the conference became the Pac-12 with the additions of Colorado and Utah in 2011). The school colors are cardinal red and navy blue since 1900, though originally sage green and silver. The official fight song is “Fight! Wildcats! Fight!”, though “Bear Down, Arizona!” is more commonly used and “Bear Down” is the university’s slogan.
College Sports Established
University of Arizona
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1914 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1978 – Present / PAC 12 Conference
1962 – 1978 / Western Athletic Conference
1931 – 1961 / Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1914 – 1930 / Independent
Wildcats – Arizona played the Occidental College Tigers on November 7, 1914 and afterwards, William M. Henry of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “The Arizona men showed the fight of wild cats and displayed before the public gaze a couple of little shrimps in the backfield who defied all attempts of the Tigers to stop them.” And that’s how the University of Arizona sports teams became known as the Wildcats.
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