Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Men's Basketball Season Review
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2014

Season Storylines
» 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.

» In three NCAA Tournament trips under head coach Sean Miller, UA has compiled an 8-3 (.727) record, advanced to  three Sweet 16s and played in a pair of Elite Eights; Arizona earned a No. 1 seed this year for the sixth time in program history and the first since 2003.

» Since 2008, Miller is one of just five coaches nationally to coach in at least five Sweet 16 games (also Calipari, Izzo, Krzyzewski and Self).

» This season marked Arizona’s 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for fourth nationally in that time; UA’s 33 victories this year marked the second-best single-season total in program history.

» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 33 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats are one of seven teams nationally that have been ranked in every AP poll over the last two seasons.

» Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 113-33 (.774) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats have the only two 30-win seasons since Miller took over in Tucson (2011, 2014).

» Arizona ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.0) and sixth nationally in scoring defense (58.6); the Wildcats led the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 88.5 points per 100 possessions.

» The Wildcats were the first UA team to lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense since the school joined the league in 1978; its mark of 58.2 per game was its best since allowing just 55.3 per contest in 1950-51.

» Arizona’s interior defense was stellar, limiting opponents to 40.2 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA also ranked 20th nationally at just 16.6 fouls per game.

» UA employed a balanced offensive attack, having at least four double-figure scorers in 24 of its 38 games; the Wildcats got double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.

» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s league-leading 3.01 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranked 12th nationally with a 1.48 ATR on the season; UA also established a program record with an average of just 10.2 turnovers per game.

» Arizona has won the rebounding battle 27 times in 38 games and ranked ninth nationally with a +7.1 rebound margin; UA was one of only five teams to rank in the top 30 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.

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