Arizona Wildcats earn 6 seed in NCAA Tournament

Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 19:39:08-04

The Arizona Wildcats are a No. 6 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and will face the winner of 11 seeds Vanderbilt and Wichita State in the tournament's first round on Thursday.

UA (25-8, 12-6 Pac-12) will play in the tournament's South region and will open tournament play in Providence, Rhode Island. The game will begin at about 7 p.m. and will be televised on TNT.

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If the Wildcats win that game, they'll face the winner of No. 3 seed Miami (FL) and No. 14 seed Buffalo on Saturday. Bobby Hurley was Buffalo's head coach before taking the same job at ASU heading into this season.

Under seventh-year head coach Sean Miller, Arizona finished tied with Cal for third in the Pac-12 behind Oregon and Utah, respectively. On Friday, UA fell to the Ducks 95-89 in overtime of the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals in Las Vegas.

Miller has led Arizona to four Sweet Sixteen and three Elite Eight appearances since 2011, including back-to-back Elite Eights in 2014 and '15. But the Wildcats haven't advanced to the Final Four since 2001, when they fell to Duke in the national championship game.