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Off-the-beaten-path storylines: Arizona Wildcats vs. New Mexico


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Compiling off-the-beaten-path storylines of Arizona’s game against New Mexico today while wondering if the Wildcats can regenerate the magic of 12-15-12, the day of two improbable comebacks for their football and basketball teams.

ARIZONA’S HISTORY OF PLAYING FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL ON SAME DAY

Wildcat fans tend to remember what happened three years ago when the football team rallied from being 13 points down with less than two minutes remaining against Nevada and the basketball team defied the odds by overcoming a six-point deficit late against Florida.

They forget about 2008, when the basketball team with Kevin O’Neill as interim coach lost at UNLV the same day the football team beat BYU a few miles away in the Las Vegas Bowl later that night.

Here we are again with Arizona returning to the New Mexico Bowl with a marquee college basketball game later in the evening against UNLV at McKale Center.

The worst-case scenario is if the games ever conflict, played at the same time. That happened in 1998 when Arizona played Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl at 6 p.m., Tucson time, and the basketball team hosted Florida International at 6:37 in the Fiesta Bowl Classic final.

Arizona actually tried to move up the date of the Fiesta Bowl tournament a day to avoid the conflict with the Holiday Bowl start. But the travel plans of the three other tournament teams could not be altered.

Just what are the outcomes when Arizona’s football plays in a bowl game and the basketball team plays the same day?

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The Wildcats are 4-1-1 in football and 5-1 in basketball with the results as follows:

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