November 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sean Miller insisted he didn't take Drexel lightly. The Arizona coach said he expected the type of battle that the Dragons gave his No. 4- ranked Wildcats, who finally prevailed, 66-62, in an NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Miller said he spent nearly a week watching tape and scouting the Dragons "It's easy to say that Arizona overlooked Drexel, but that is the furthest thing from the truth," Miller said. As he watched more tape on Drexel, "it became apparent to me that we were in for one heck of a battle," Miller said.
March 22, 1998 |
The final buzzer sounded, and Arizona star Mike Bibby found himself at ground zero, walking straight through a mob of deliriously happy Utah Utes. It had been like that all afternoon - the Utes closing in, Bibby with nowhere to go. That's your first clue about how the NCAA West Regional final went yesterday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Here's another clue: The first question for the victorious coach was about whether he liked Tex-Mex food. Rick Majerus will be in San Antonio for the Final Four this week, snacking through news conferences, humbly and humorously talking about how his Utes shocked and shellacked Arizona, the defending national champion, 76-51.
February 26, 1999 |
California finally got back on the winning side, and it came at the expense of No. 7 Arizona, a team that usually has its way with the Bears. Geno Carlisle scored 21 points and Sean Lampley had 20 as Cal upset the visiting Wildcats last night, 89-76. Cal halted the Wildcats' five-game winning streak. The Bears snapped a three-game losing streak to Arizona and beat a Lute Olson-coached Wildcats squad for just the ninth time in 35 games. Thomas Kilgore had 16 points and Michael Gill had 16 for Cal (15-10, 6-9 Pacific-10)
December 10, 2003 |
Hassan Adams scored a career-high 30 points to lead Arizona's usual balanced attack and the eighth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Texas, 91-83, last night in the Jimmy V Classic in New York. Andre Iguodala had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the win that kept Arizona (3-1) unbeaten in nine games in Madison Square Garden under coach Lute Olson. Freshman P.J. Tucker had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Longhorns (4-1). In the other game: Ryan Gomes had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Providence (4-1)
February 24, 1992 |
Arizona's basketball team has a lot of ways to beat you. If it's not 6-6 All-America candidate Chris Mills, it's 6-10 All-America candidate Sean Rooks. Or maybe sophomore Khalid Reeves, who is probably a future All-America contender. And for good measure, there's 7-foot center Ed Stokes, who has been coming off the bench lately but would be a starter at just about any other school in the nation. Of course, this is why the Wildcats are ranked fifth in the country. Then there's 6-1 senior guard Matt Othick, who, in most cases, is an afterthought in this talent-filled team.
June 24, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Arizona came to the College World Series as one of the hottest teams in the nation and swept three straight games to reach the final round. Yet coach Andy Lopez and his players know few outsiders are paying much attention to them as the best-of-three series starts Sunday. That's because South Carolina (49-18) has completed an improbable run to the finals, where the Gamecocks can become the first team in 40 years to win three straight titles. "We've got a pretty good team," coach Ray Tanner said, "but we're not the '27 Yankees.
January 28, 2014 |
Nick Johnson scored 22 points, helping top-ranked Arizona pull away from Utah, 65-56, Sunday night for its school-record 20th straight win. Arizona (20-0, 7-0 Pac-12) struggled early in both halves before a deciding second-half run. The Wildcats offset a 3-for-14 night from three-point range with 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points. Utah (14-6, 3-5) kept it close before wearing down in the closing minutes, unable to keep the Wildcats off the glass or from scoring inside to remain winless on the road.
January 14, 2005 |
Arizona's roster lists point guard Mustafa Shakur as being from Friends' Central. They could also mention another way station, the Hunting Park Recreation Center. During his high school days, Shakur was there all the time, late into the night. "When he left for Arizona, that's the only break I got," Hunting Park coach Greg Wright said. "Any time he had free time, it was, 'In the gym we go.' I talk to his coaches now. They say he's always the last one to leave. And when I say last one to leave, it's not by 10 minutes.
November 7, 2000 |
Arizona, with all five starters back from a team that was a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, edged Duke yesterday as the No. 1 team in the preseason Associated Press college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who were the preseason No. 1 in 1997 after they won the national championship, had a sizable lead in first-place votes from the national media panel, but finished just four points ahead of the Blue Devils. "This one has fewer question marks than probably any team that we've had," Arizona coach Lute Olson said of the group that features the sophomore backcourt of Jason Gardner and Gilbert Arenas and junior forwards Richard Jefferson and Michael Wright.
November 9, 1992 |
If the bowl coalition puts together a gift list for the holidays, Arizona will be at the top. Thanks to Arizona's 16-3 upset of Washington, which dropped the Huskies out of the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll, the complicated coalition arrangement fell neatly into place with the season in the homestretch. Barring any more surprises, the coalition will produce exactly what it was designed to: a matchup between No. 1 and No. 2. On a weekend when they were idle, the Miami Hurricanes regained the No. 1 spot yesterday in the AP poll.