Brackets have been released for the Arizona Cactus Classic and as expected, there are going to be some big time matchups.
The Arizona Cactus Classic kicks off on Friday, May 19th, at 6:00pm at McKale Center on the University of Arizona's campus. There will be four sessions of games on Friday night with the last one starting at 9:30pm. All games will be played at either McKale Center or Bear Down Gym.
On Saturday morning, games begin at 9:00am and will run until roughly 10:50pm. The last game of pool play competition is at 2:50pm and the single-elimination tournament will begin at 5:00pm.
Each team that advances past the first round will have one more game on Saturday. By the end of the day, there will be just eight of the 32 teams left standing.
The Elite Eight begins at 9:00am on Sunday morning and continues at 10:10am. The Final Four will be underway at 12:00pm and the championship game is set for Sunday at 2:00pm.
GOAZCATS.com will be looking ahead to the Cactus Classic for the next few days and to start our previews off, we'll look ahead to some of the best matchups in pool play.
Circle of Success vs. H-Squad: Saturday, 9:00AM – McKale Court 2
We'll be getting our first look at UA prospects Solomon Alibi and Joseph Katuka, who play for Circle of Success. They play against a loaded H-Squad that has and 2008 recruit Troy Gillenwater, among several others.
Arizona Magic vs. SoCal Razorbacks: Saturday, 10:10AM – McKale Court 2
Will UA commit Jerryd Bayless play for the Arizona Magic? That remains to be seen. However, the Magic do star Arizona recruit Zane Johnson, Washington commit Isaiah Thomas and Connecticut commitment Gavin Edwards. On the SoCal Razorbacks will be 2007 recruits Kamyron Brown and Drew Viney.
SoCal All-Stars vs. TKO: Saturday, 11:20AM – McKale Court 2
Arizona commitment Alex Jacobson and recruits Brandon Jennings, Darrington Hobson will take on TKO, a team that features 7-foot-2 2008 big man Arie Allen and Jason Pruitt, whose brother, Gabe, is a guard at USC. Also starring for SCA are UCLA lean Kevin Love as well as USC commits Daniel Hackett and Malik Story.
Pump N'Run Elite vs. Total Package Red: Saturday, 12:30PM – McKale Court 1
Pump N'Run Elite UA targets Austin Daye, James Harden and Larry Drew and Cal commit Omondi Amoke will face off with Total Package Red, which features star Arizona recruit Clarence Trent and Gonzaga commit Steven Gray.
EBO/EA Sports vs. Nike California Hoops: Saturday, 12:30PM – McKale Court 2
Arizona commitment Jamelle Horne and his star teammates Billy White and Tim Shelton of EBO will compete against three UA prospects in 2007 power forward Elgin Bailey and 2009 star forwards David and Travis Wear.
Houston Hoops vs. Double Pump Elite: Saturday, 2:50PM - McKale Court 3
Come watch top 2007 UA recruit Gary Johnson of the Houston Hoops and teammates Mike Singletary, Isaiah Rusher, Anthony Jones, Tommy Mason-Griffin take on 2007 prospect Justin Holiday, his brother, 2008 UA recruit Jrue Holiday and fellow sophomore guard Jerime Anderson.
There won't be a dull moment of basketball this weekend at the Arizona Cactus Classic. However, the games above are ones that UA fans definitely shouldn't miss.
We'll continue our Arizona Cactus Classic preview throughout the week.
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