McKale conference championships banners 2014

Someone couldn’t wait to update the banners. Photo by Wildcat Universe

The 2014 Arizona Wildcats are Pac-12 champions!

Don’t ever get tired of saying it.

It was a beautiful scene at McKale Center Sunday night as the UA won its 13th Pac-12 title. Tucson has now witnessed this kind of basketball beauty 26 times in 83 years.

The complete list of Arizona’s regular season championships can be found here.

Some say you should only cut down the nets if you win a national championship but I disagree. Winning a conference title is a big deal. I said so when Arizona last won one three years ago and I still believe it. You can celebrate each achievement during a season without losing focus on the ultimate prize.

So even if UCLA had kept winning and Sunday’s game had only clinched a share of the crown I would have been fine with Sean Miller bringing out the ladder. Winning an official championship on Senior Day is a special thing.

The lovely reality is the Bruins were not able to keep up with Arizona’s winning pace so the Wildcats don’t have to share the trophy with anyone. Here’s the updated list of Pac-12 championships by school:

Pac-12 Regular Season Basketball Championships, All Time

RankSchoolChampsCo-ChampsTotal
1UCLA29231
2tARIZONA12315
2tCalifornia11415
4Oregon State8412
5tWashington8311
5tStanford7411
7USC617
8Oregon426
9tWashington State202
9tIdaho202
11tUtah000
11tColorado000
11tMontana000
11tArizona State000

What’s so great about a table that shows Arizona in third place, 18 championships behind the leader? The impressive part is some of these schools had a 63-year head start on Arizona. In 36 seasons the UA has now passed Oregon State (a charter member of the conference) for third place all time and has moved two titles away from catching Cal (another charter member) for second.

(You know what else is great about that table? Idaho > ASU)

To even the playing field, here’s how things stack up since the Arizona schools joined the league:

Pac-10+ Regular Season Basketball Championships, 1979-Present

RankSchoolChampsCo-ChampsTotal
1ARIZONA12315
2UCLA11011
3Oregon State325
4tStanford314
4tWashington224
6Oregon213
7tCalifornia101
7tUSC011
9tWashington State000
9tUtah000
9tColorado000
9tArizona State000

That one’s easy to brag about.

And because this list never gets old, here is the way things were when Lute Olson ran the Arizona program:

Pac-10+ Regular Season Basketball Championships, Lute Olson Era (1984-2007)

SchoolChampsCo-ChampsTotal
ARIZONA9211
UCLA707
Stanford314
Oregon State022
Washington022
Oregon101
USC011
Washington State000
California000
Arizona State000

Finally, just for fun, this is how the conference stands since Miller came west:

Pac-10+ Regular Season Basketball Championships, Sean Miller Era (2010-Present)

SchoolChampsCo-ChampsTotal
ARIZONA302
California101
Washington101
UCLA101
Washington State000
USC000
Stanford000
Oregon State000
Oregon000
Arizona State000
Colorado000
Utah000

The nets in Tucson have been destroyed. Basketball twine in Las Vegas, Anaheim and Dallas are on red (and blue) alert.

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