McKale Center crowd

Photo by Wildcat Universe

The Arizona Wildcats swept the Washington schools to open Pac-12 play, moving the Cats to 15-0 on the season and bringing the team within one win of the most victories to start a basketball season in school history.

Which UA team holds the current record?

You have to go all the way back to the 1931-’32 season when Fred A. Enke was in charge of the basketball program. He was the coach who won 500 games at Arizona before Lute Olson and McKale Center is fittingly located on Enke Drive.

You can find the six teams with the best starts in UA history here, including Lute’s best start and two of Sean Miller’s squads.

Just for fun, here are the game by game results for that record-setting ’32 team:

DateLocVsResultUAOpp
4-Dec-31homeUA Alumni All-StarsW4125
5-Dec-31homeUA Alumni All-StarsW3428
11-Dec-31homeDixie J.C.W4127
12-Dec-31homeDixie J.C.W5442
19-Dec-31homeUSCW2826
5-Jan-32awayOccidentalW6327
6-Jan-32awayOccidentalW5325
7-Jan-32awayLaVerneW3927
8-Jan-32awayPomonaW3911
15-Jan-32homeArizona St.W3920
16-Jan-32homeArizona St.W5038
1-Feb-32awayArizona St.W5124
2-Feb-32awayArizona St.W3626
3-Feb-32awayPhoenix RamblersW4025
12-Feb-32homeNorthern ArizonaW4928
13-Feb-32homeNorthern ArizonaW3731
19-Feb-32awayNew MexicoL2830
20-Feb-32awayNew MexicoL3340
22-Feb-32awayNew Mexico St.W5046
23-Feb-32awayNew Mexico St.W3829

Apparently Pomona was the Washington State of its day.

That Arizona team won the Border Conference championship, the first of 12 BC titles for Enke and the Wildcats. But I’m guessing there weren’t a lot of wins against the RPI top 50 that season.

If the 2014 Cats are going to get this 82-year-old record they’re going to have to do it in style, with a win on the road against archrival UCLA Thursday night.

There are no more Pomonas on the schedule.

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