Arizona Topples No. 5 Utah

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2009 10:06 PM CDT
Arizona Topples No. 5 Utah
Arizona's Nic Wise, right, congratulates teammate Chase Budinger (34) after defeating Utah 84-71 in Miami, Friday, March 20 2009.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

So much for the notion Arizona might not have belonged in the NCAA tournament. Nic Wise scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Chase Budinger added 20 and the 12th-seeded Wildcats—one of the last teams into the field of 65—knocked off fifth-seeded Utah 84-71 tonight in the first round of the Midwest Regional, the AP reports.

Jordan Hill added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona (20-13), which has been in the NCAAs 25 years in a row, but hadn't reached the second round since 2006. Tyler Kepkay scored 19 points for Utah (24-10), which was 8-for-32 from 3-point range and matched a season-high with 20 turnovers. (More college basketball stories.)

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