Arizona Basketball News
1-26-15: The #10 ranked Arizona Wildcats had an up and down week last week as the team was upset by Oregon State before avenging their loss against the Colorado Buffaloes. With the Pac 12 conference schedule now in full effect Arizona will look to keep their hold on the conference with another strong week this week. Arizona trails Utah and Stanford in the Pac 12 after their loss to Oregon State dropped their overall record to 15-2 and their Pac 12 record to 3-1 on the Men’s College Basketball season. Arizona started their week off by staying home in the McKale Center to take on the same #8 ranked Utah Utes team that they are chasing in the Pac-12. During the contest Arizona took a quick five point lead over Utah at halftime and pushed their way to a 69-51 victory over the Utes. The Arizona attack was led by Stanley Johnson who scored all 18 of his points in the second half in the victory for the Wildcats. Meanwhile Utah’s offensive attack went through Brandon Taylor who scored 12 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Utes. Arizona rode the momentum of their big win over Utah into their final game of the week when the team traveled to Maples Pavilion to take on the Stanford Cardinal. During the contest Stanford proved early why they were undefeated at home this season taking an early lead over the Wildcats. Arizona trailed by two points before erupting for a 50 points second half that propelled the team to an 89-82 victory over Stanford. The Arizona attack was led by 19 points from Stanley Johnson as one of four Wildcats to score in double figures in the contest. Stanford’s leading scorer was Chasson Randle who had 26 points to lead all scorers but it was not enough to upset the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona finished their week off by posting an overall record of 17-2 (5-1 Pac 12). Catch the Wildcats next week as the team travels to Cal’s Haas Pavilion to take on the California Golden Bears before finishing their week back at home inside the McKale Center to play host to the Oregon Ducks.
1-22-15: The Arizona Wildcats came into the new week ranked #7 in Men’s College Basketball after rebounding nicely from their first loss of the season to UNLV. The Wildcats rebounded nicely taking down Arizona State and Oregon as the team began their Pac 12 Conference schedule. Arizona started their week off by traveling to Gill Coliseum to take on the Oregon State Beavers. During the contest the Wildcats seemingly had the Beavers right where they wanted when they took a slim one point lead with them into halftime. After the break Oregon State came out firing on all cylinders behind Langston Morris-Walker who finished the game with 12 points as the Beavers went on to upset Arizona by the final score of 58-56. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson did his best to lead his Wildcats back with a 14 point night but it was not enough in the loss to Oregon State. Arizona looked to avenge their second loss of the season when the team finished their week off inside the McKale Center playing host to the Colorado Buffaloes. During the contest Arizona avenged their loss last time out by taking their frustration out on Colorado. Stanley Johnson scored 22 points for the Wildcats while Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 points in a 68-54 victory for Arizona. The Buffaloes attack was led by 30 points from Askia Booker but it was not enough to take down the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona finished their week off by posting an overall record of 15-2 (3-1 Pac-12). Catch the Wildcats next week as the team stays home inside the McKale Center to play host to the #9 ranked Utah Utes. Arizona will then finish their week off out on the road in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion when the team faces off with the Stanford Cardinal.
1-12-15: The Arizona Wildcats came into the week well rested after not playing a single game last week. Arizona came into the week sporting a 12-1 record after losing their first game of the season last time out to UNLV. Arizona’s strong record to start the season has left the team as the #8 ranked team in Men’s College Basketball despite the loss. While Arizona’s perfect season may not be over their quest for a Pac-12 title has just started as the Wildcats begin their conference play this week. Arizona started their week off by staying home in the McKale Center to play host to their in-state rivals the Arizona State Sun Devils. During the contest Arizona sent a message to the Sun Devils scoring 45 points in the first half outscoring Arizona State by 20 at the half. In the second half the Wildcats took their foot off the accelerator a bit only scoring 28 points but Arizona still went on to easily beat Arizona State by the final score of 73-49. Arizona’s attack was led by 13 points each from Stanley Johnson, Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson while Arizona State did not have a single player that scored in double figures in the loss. Arizona finished their week off by facing off against another Pac-12 conference foe when the team traveled to Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks. During the contest Oregon kept hanging around despite a highly superior offense in Arizona. The Wildcats took a 39-34 lead at halftime before blowing open the game in the second half behind 21points from TJ McConnell in an 80-62 victory over Oregon. The Ducks attack was led by 12 points from Joseph Young but it was not enough in the loss to Arizona. Arizona finished their week off by posting an overall record of 14-1 (2-1 Pac 12). Catch the Wildcats next week as the team travels to Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum to face off with the Oregon State Beavers before finishing their week off back at home in the McKale Center playing host to the Colorado Buffaloes.
1-2-15: The Arizona Wildcats came into this week with a very impressive 12-1 record after an upset loss at the hands of UNLV in their final game before the Christmas holiday break. With the loss Arizona dropped their Top 25 ranking to #3 in Men’s College Basketball as the team hopes its sloppy play is now behind them. With Arizona readying themselves to begin their Pac 12 Conference schedule the Wildcats took nearly two weeks off to rest and recover. Arizona did not have a game this week which left the team and their leading scorer Stanley Johnson to think about what went wrong against UNLV. Despite the loss Arizona is still the 12th best team in the nation in field goal percentage as the Wildcats knock down 50% of their shot attempts on average every single night. Arizona’s scoring attack could use some help as the team is managing just 76.3 points per game against a weaker schedule that only saw two ranked teams come to town in the then #9 Gonzaga Bulldogs and the then #15 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. Arizona has scored in the 60’s four times already this season including their loss to UNLV and may get exposed by some of the tougher teams in their conference including Washington State and Washington. Catch the Wildcats next week as the team stays home in the McKale Center to host the Arizona State Sun Devils before traveling to Oregon to take on the Oregon Ducks inside Matthew Knight Arena.
12-26-14: The Arizona Wildcats played a pair of games this week before the school and their basketball program shutdown for an extended Christmas holiday break. The first game came out on the road when Arizona traveled to UTEP to take on the UTEP Miners inside the Don Haskins Center. During the contest UTEP played a much better game than anyone expected, especially Arizona, and hung around until the last few minutes of the contest. Despite a 6-3 record against lesser opponents on the season the Miners kept things interesting before ultimately losing to Arizona by the score of 60-55. Arizona survived against UTEP and quickly found themselves in another dogfight later in the week when the team traveled to UNLV to take on the UNLV Rebels inside the Thomas & Mack Center. Arizona seemingly put their scare behind them in the first half of the contest outscoring the Rebels by five points at the half before a suspect defense began to show kinks in the armor. UNLV and their duo of Christian Wood and Rashad Vaughn reminded Arizona why the Rebels had not lost a game at home this season. UNLV pushed past Arizona in the second half scoring 35 points while holding the #3 ranked team in the country to just 26 points en route to a 71-67 victory over the Wildcats. With the loss Arizona’s record dropped to 12-1 on the season ending their bid for a perfect season. Catch the Wildcats next week as the team takes the week to rest up and think about the loss to UNLV since Arizona does not play a game next week.
Arizona Wildcats History
The Arizona Wildcats are consistently one of the top programs in the country and compete in the Pac-12 Conference. With over 1,700 wins in the program's history, the Wildcats regularly appear in the top 25 polls and NCAA tournament. From 1985 to 2009, Arizona went to the NCAA tournament in 25 consecutive seasons, two shy of the NCAA record. The Wildcats have spent 110 weeks in the top 5 of Top 25 polls, ranking 10th all-time and 423 weeks in the top 25, which is also 10th all-time. Arizona has made the Final Four in four seasons: 1988, 1994, 1997 and 2001.
Their lone championship came in 1997 as they beat the University of Kentucky. Most of Arizona's success comes from the coaching of Lute Olson, who holds the record for most wins as a Pac-10 coach (327). Olson, who coached from 1983 to 2008 at Arizona, finished with an all-time record of 781–280 with 589 of those wins coming at Arizona. The only time he didn't make the NCAA tournament at Arizona was his first season. Sean Miller took over the program in 2008 and has kept the Wildcats at a high level, where Arizona basketball tickets have remained in high demand since. Before the 2014-15 season, he had a record of 130-48 at Arizona and has taken the Wildcats to two Elite Eight's.
The Wildcats have produced a lot of NBA talent, including a plethora of point guards. Players such as Steve Kerr, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Gardner and Aaron Gordon all played at Arizona. Wildcat fans are faithful and regularly fill up the McKale Center, which seats 14,655 at capacity.