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    Tucson’s main attractions

    1. Football: ASU vs. Arizona, Dec. 6 at 1 or 6 p.m. – Undoubtedly this year’s “”Dual in the Desert”” ties together many storylines to compose the most anticipated game of the year. ASU, projected to be a top-25 team, enters Arizona Stadium on a three-year winning streak over the Wildcats. UA head coach Mike Stoops won in his inaugural season, but now may be required to win this one to keep his job and earn Arizona’s first bowl game since 1998. A potential upset, bowl berth and defeat of an arch rival puts this game as the most anticipated field rush.

    2. Men’s basketball: UCLA vs. Arizona, Feb. 14 – Much like the football team’s inability to conquer a coveted foe, the men’s basketball team hasn’t beaten once-heated rival UCLA since 2005, when the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight. With UA head coach Lute Olson back from a season-long leave of absence, the Wildcats seek to finally overcome the Bruins, who have reached three consecutive NCAA Final Fours.

    3. Football: USC vs. Arizona, Oct. 25 at 7:15 p.m., Homecoming – In life, count on death, taxes, and a homecoming victory at Arizona Stadium. It’s a guarantee that has happened regardless of the season or opponent. The Wildcats are 4-0 on Homecoming in the past four years, which includes victories over then-No. 8 California in 2006 and then-No. 7 UCLA in 2005.

    4. Men’s basketball: ASU vs. Arizona, Jan 21 – Former UA interim head coach Kevin O’Neill may have kept the Wildcats’ streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances alive, but O’Neill couldn’t quite overcome the in-state arch rival. The Sun Devils swept the Wildcats for the first time in 13 years after two gruesome battles in both Tempe and Tucson. Can years of complete domination be restored with Olson’s return?

    5. Men’s basketball: Kansas vs. Arizona, Dec 23 – For those students spending the holidays in Tucson, the defending national champion will be in town, too. The Jayhawks are set to defend not only last year’s title, but also the thrilling 76-72 overtime win over the Wildcats in Lawrence, Kan. It’s unfortunate the Zona Zoo won’t be present to amplify the atmosphere, but Arizona fans should still expect another hard-fought matchup.

    * Men’s basketball dates tentative

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