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20070816 08-16-2007 Classic Tebbs
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/16/2007
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Now it can be told: Bennett Davison wasn't the only Arizona Wildcat to mess up Coach Lute Olson's hair the night Arizona defeated Kentucky to win the NCAA basketball championship.

"If you find the photos -- and they're there -- you'll see that Bennett is getting him from one side and I'm getting him from the other."

Confessing after ten years was Quynn Tebbs, who was a redshirt freshman, along with Justin Wessel, on that 1997 Wildcat national championship team.

Tebbs said, "Justin and I, as redshirts, were just along for the ride." Coach Olson and the rest of the team would disagree. Tebbs and Wessel contributed much to that national championship effort, providing fierce competition in practice and vocal support during games from the bench.

Quynn, now in the insurance business in Riverton, Utah, said he'll attend the Aug. 18 dinner honoring the 1997 national champs. It will be held that evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 East Sunset Drive.

Tickets are $175 each or $2,000 for a table for ten. For more information, you can call 621-7491.

Tebbs and his wife, Ivy, have a 3-year-old son, Carsyn. "A second boy is on the way in a couple of weeks," Tebbs said.

Quynn was just back from an LDS mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that season. He spent 2 1/2 years with the Wildcats before transferring to Weber State in Utah. "It was tough to leave the Wildcats, but it was for personal reasons -- a family member had leukemia and I wanted to be nearer," Tebbs said.

"I wish I could have stayed."

What he remembers most about the Wildcats' 84-79 overtime victory over Kentucky for the national championship on March 31, 1997, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, is "storming the court afterward."

"I remember running around hugging everybody," Tebbs said. "Then we all went out after the game and had a good time."

That's not all he remembers.

"Everybody got to hold the National Championship trophy," he said. "My dad, Chuck, and my brother Brady were there at the game and I took the trophy to them. It was great."

Quynn agreed with most of his teammates, that other than the championship game against the Kentucky, the toughest contest Arizona played was against South Alabama in the first round. "South Alabama played that slow-down style," he said. "Being down by ten points to them was like being down 20 or 25 points to any other team. It was scary."

No kidding. Arizona trailed South Alabama by ten points with seven minutes left in the game, at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn. The Cats rallied to win, 65-57.

En route the national crown, Arizona defeated three No. 1 seeds, something that's never been duplicated. "The Kansas game (UA won, 85-82) was pretty tight," Tebbs said. "But I still think South Alabama was our toughest."

Arizona finished fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference and was a No. 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament, but Tebbs said he felt all along that the Wildcats had a "good shot at it."

"We had a lot of talent," he said. "The team chemistry was great. I mean, everybody got along very well. And with (Michael) Dickerson, (Mike) Bibby and (Miles) Simon -- wow! You get those guys going and we were tough to beat.

"We had a great sixth man in Jason Terry," said Tebbs. Terry is now one of the biggest stars of the National Basketball Association. He's with the Dallas Mavericks.

Tebbs said he is looking forward to getting together again with his old teammates. "We had great coaches and great guys on that team," he said. "It was a special bunch."

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