Arizona’s history of NCAA tournament games stretches back to the Fred Snowden era with a thrilling Sweet 16 win against UNLV. The Wildcats have largely been successful in the Los Angeles area. Only once has Arizona lost in the opening game of the weekend in LA, in the first round in 1986 to Auburn at Long Beach.
In their last three appearances in the regionals in Los Angeles, the Wildcats have fallen in the regional finals.
With a large alumni base in the greater Los Angeles area and only an hour flight from Tucson and Phoenix, the Wildcats will have a decided home court edge at the Staples Center. In addition, the Pac-10/12 Tournament was held at Staples until this year.