In one of the most successful seasons in the storied history of the Arizona men's basketball program, the Wildcats won 33 games, claimed their 13th Pac-12 regular-season title, secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to their 10th Elite Eight and made their 16th appearance in the Sweet 16.
For the second time this week, incoming Arizona men's basketball student-athlete Kadeem Allen has earned a National Player of the Year award, as the NABC named him Junior College Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Following a season in which they helped lead the Arizona men's basketball program to a 33-5 record, a Pac-12 regular-season title and an Elite Eight appearance, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson have entered their names in the 2014 NBA Draft.
University of Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson added to his lengthy list of postseason honors on Monday.
University of Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson was the leading vote-getter on the second team on Monday when the Associated Press announced its 2014 college basketball All-Americans.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final Saturday night. Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from all over, including three 3 pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It's Wisconsin's first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that came just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game. Johnson stood with his hands on his hips, staring straight ahead, while Kaminsky and the rest of the Badgers rushed to celebrate. Traevon Jackson added 10 points for the Badgers, and Kaminsky was chosen as most outstanding player of the West Region. Kaleb Tarczewski scored 12 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points for the Wildcats, who were trying to get coach Sean Miller to the Final Four for his first time. Instead, Miller was sent to the sidelines on the same day his younger brother Archie's Dayton Flyers lost to Florida in the South Region final. The first 40 minutes were a back-and-forth struggle between the only 1-2 seeds remaining in the regionals, with neither team leading by more than three points over the final 12:09 of regulation. Overtime was even more dramatic, with Arizona having an answer for just about everything Wisconsin did. Ben Brust hit a 3-pointer to put the Badgers up at the start of the extra session; Gordon answered with a 3 to tie it up again at 57. Kaminsky scored inside and Gordon dunked at the other end for another tie. Kaminsky's jumper and a free throw
Making its second Elite Eight appearance in the last four years, top-seeded Arizona will face Wisconsin on Saturday looking to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2001; Sean Miller is making his third Elite Eight appearance as a head coach.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nick Johnson scored all of his 15 points in the last 2:45, after missing his first 10 shots, and Arizona rallied to beat San Diego State 70-64 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA tournament. Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points each for the top-seeded Wildcats (33-4). They next play Wisconsin in the West Regional final Saturday. Xavier Thames scored 25 points and Dwayne Polee added 13 points for the Aztecs (31-5). Those two tried to bail out SDSU in the final minute, each hitting 3-pointers before Thames' basket cut the deficit to 65-61 with 38 seconds left. The drama wasn't over yet in a game featuring tenacious defense and rabid intensity by both teams. SDSU got called for a 10-second violation, and the Wildcats regained the ball. Johnson got fouled and made both for a 67-61 lead with 26 seconds to go. Thames got fouled on a 3-point attempt, and he sank all three shots to leave SDSU trailing 67-64. The Aztecs had Johnson trapped near their bench, but he passed out of the double team and Gabe York got fouled at the other end. He missed the first and made the second, keeping Arizona ahead 68-64. Thames missed, and Johnson went to the line again where he ended the scoring with two free throws. Hollis-Jefferson fouled out with 4:42 to play, but Johnson made his first basket a couple minutes later and carried the Wildcats across the finish line after they trailed much of the second half. Arizona coach Sean Miller joined his brother Archie in the final eight. The younger Miller coached Dayton to an 82-72 victory over Stanford of the Pac-12 in the South Regional semifinals. The Aztecs controlled the boards 37-29, with three of them often battling at once on the defensive end. Josh Davis had 14 rebounds for SDSU. Johnson, the Pac-12 player of the year, finished 2 of 12 from the field, but
University of Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson was recognized for his standout 2013-14 season by Division I coaches from around the nation on Wednesday when he was named a first-team All-American by the NABC.
Making its third Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years, top-seeded Arizona heads to Anaheim to face a San Diego State team it bested in a tight matchup at Viejas Arena back in November.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points each, and Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga 84-61 on Sunday. After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters, Arizona (32-4) closed out the NCAA tournament's first weekend with a display of domination. The Wildcats harassed the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (29-7) into 21 turnovers - 15 on steals - that led to 26 points. Arizona led by 21 in the first half and continued to work over Gonzaga to earn its third trip to the Sweet 16 in four years. Up next for the Wildcats is a trip up the coast to Anaheim, where they'll meet San Diego State, a team they beat in this same arena early in the season. Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kevin Pangos added 12 for Gonzaga.
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