TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and top-ranked Arizona jumped on rival Arizona State early in a 91-68 rout Thursday night. Arizona (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and didn't let up, extending the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and 3-pointers. The Wildcats put seven players in double figures, shot 56 percent and had 21 assists on 34 field goals to beat the Sun Devils for the sixth time in seven games. Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and eight rebounds, and T.J. McConnell added 10 points and six assists for Arizona. Arizona State (13-5, 2-3) played without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and had trouble with Arizona's size all night, shooting 34 percent. Jahii Carson had 20 points and five assists, but struggled early and had at least four shots blocked. Bo Barnes added 13 points for the Sun Devils, who had 18 turnovers and seven assists. Arizona has gotten off to the best start in school history behind its defense The Wildcats entered the game fourth nationally in scoring at 56 points per game, seventh in field goal percentage at 37 percent and 13th in 3-point shooting at 28 percent. Arizona State was already going to have a tough time against the long, athletic Wildcats and it certainly didn't help that Marshall was out after injuring his groin in practice this week. Revved up by the boisterous crowd, Arizona was at its defensive best early, contesting every shot, pass and dribble. Arizona State missed 15 of its first 17 shots and Carson had nowhere to go against Arizona's pressure - particularly McConnell - while missing his first five shots. After a jittery offensive start, the Wildcats started hitting from everywhere, racing out to a 21-point lead while making 14 of 28 shots. The Sun Devils started to shoot a little better late in the
Off to a 4-0 start in Pac-12 play, top-ranked Arizona looks to win its third in a row over its in-state rival on Thursday when it hosts Arizona State for a 7 p.m. tip.
Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif.), who helped the USA to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship and suited up for USA Basketball in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, today was announced as the 2013 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon Ashley and T.J. McConnell each scored a season-high 19 points and No. 1 Arizona beat USC 73-53 Sunday night to improve to 17-0 for the best start in school history.
Coming off a hard-fought victory over UCLA, the nation's top-ranked team will look for its first sweep of the Los Angeles trip since the 2004-05 season when it visits USC on Sunday evening.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA's late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75 Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0.
Remaining at No. 1 for a fifth-consecutive week, Arizona will face UCLA for the lone time in the 2013-14 regular season on Thursday night when it pays a visit to Pauley Pavilion.
With the 2013-14 conference season in full swing, 48 of the nation's top college basketball coaches have pledged to compete against one another off the court in order to raise money for charity.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Johnson scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and top-ranked Arizona beat Washington 71-62 on Saturday. The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pacific-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season. T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals. C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points. Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Arizona trailed by two at halftime but pulled away as the Huskies shot 10 of 33 in the second half, missing all seven 3-point attempts.
One of just eight undefeated teams remaining in Division I, Arizona will wrap up its fourth-straight week as the nation's top-ranked team on Saturday when it hosts Washington for a noon MST tipoff.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 points and No. 1 Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of Washington State on Thursday night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team. The 25 points were the fewest for Washington State since the Cougars had that many at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938. The previous McKale record for fewest points was 37 by Northern Arizona in 1989. The Wildcats (14-0, 1-0) took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime. The Cougars (7-6, 0-1) shot 9 for 45 from the field and they needed to make a series of shots late to reach that. Washington State was without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday. Junior Longrus led the Cougars with six points. Tarczewski, back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, was the only Arizona player to score in double figures. Washington State's nine field goals were also a McKale record, breaking the previous mark of 13, also set by Northern Arizona in that 1989 game. So was the Cougars' 20 percent shooting, breaking the mark of 20.3 percent set by NAU that night 24 years ago. The Cougars missed their first 17 shots before Royce Woolridge made a layup with 6:42 left in the half. Arizona led 21-2 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 8:18 to go until the break. Washington State made it 21-7 before the Wildcats scored the final seven points of the half to lead 28-7. The Cougars were 2 of 20 from the field in the first half, breaking the McKale record of four field goals set twice, most recently by Arizona State in 1991. It was also a record for fewest points by a team in a half and fewest combined points in a half. The old record was 37 against Oregon in 1985. The 9.5 percent shooting percentage was also an arena record for a half. Washington State officials were unsure what the team records for fewest points or
Now that the calendar has turned, here's a look at how the nine former UA standouts representing Arizona in the NBA are faring through games of Jan. 1.