#ThrowbackThursday: 2013-14 Pac-10 Champions
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 14th installment of our #ThrowbackThursday series takes a look at the 2013-14 team that went 15-3 in Pac-12 play to win the regular season title. It marked the second conference championship for head coach Sean Miller in just his fifth year at the helm in Tucson.
The 'Cats finished the year with a 33-5 overall record – the second 30-win season in Miller's tenure – and started the season with 21 straight wins. The non-conference portion of that year's schedule featured wins over Drexel and Duke at the Preseason NIT in New York City, Texas Tech, UNLV and Michigan.
After starting Pac-12 with eight straight wins, a two-point loss at Cal ended the undefeated season on Feb. 1. Arizona go back to its winning ways with a 5-game winning streak near the end of conference play and went into the Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed.
With victories over Utah and Colorado in Las Vegas, the Wildcats dropped a 75-71 decision to UCLA in the championship game. As the postseason continued with the NCAA Tournament, Arizona took down Weber State in the opening round and then trounced Gonzaga in the second round, 84-61.
In the Sweet Sixteen, the Wildcats toppled San Diego State, 70-64, before falling to Wisconsin by a point in overtime, 64-63.
2013-14 Arizona Basketball Roster
2013-14 Season Results (33-5 overall)
2013-14 Season Stats
- The leading scorer for the Wildcats was Nick Johnson, who averaged 16.3 points and shot 36.7% from the 3-point line. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
- Aaron Gordon was second on the team in scoring (12.4) and led the team in rebounding (8.0) while connecting on nearly 50% of his field goal attempts. He also added 75 assists, 39 blocked shots and 34 steals.
- Brandon Ashley averaged 11.5 points while only playing in 22 games due to injury. He shot 52.2% from the floor and 37.9% from the 3-point line. He also hauled in an average of 5.8 rebounds per contest.
- Kaleb Tarczewski just missed averaging double figures (9.9) but ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.3) and shot 58.4% from the field.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posted a scoring average of 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while leading the team in blocked shots (40).
- T.J. McConnell was the starting point guard and dished out 202 assists (7th-most in a season in UA history) and came away with 64 steals, easily leading the team in both categories. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds and connected on 36 of 100 attempts from the 3-point line.
- As a team, the Wildcats averaged 72.9 points per game while holding opponents to just 58.6 points.
- UA also outrebounded its opponents by an average of seven per game.
- The Arizona offense was also efficient, shooting 46.9% while holding opponents to 38.0%.
- Thanks to McConnell's 202 assists, the Wildcats handed out 574 assists on the year, almost 230 more than their opponents.