The 2013-’14 Arizona Basketball season was one for the record books.
Yes, the team fell short of its tournament goal and, yes, the Elite Eight is one of the worst rounds in which to lose, but it was still a really good season for the Wildcats and the record book shows it.
The very best records are win records and this year’s UA hoops did plenty of winning. For almost three months the Cats did nothing but winning. The 21-0 mark ended up being the best start in school history:
|2||1931-32||Fred A. Enke||16-0||18-2|
Once Arizona got to 17-0 the attention turned to the longest UA win streaks of all time. The 2014 Wildcats set the modern record but the guy whose name is on the arena still lays claim to the best run ever:
|1||1913-14 - 1916-17||Pop McKale / Raymond Quigley||22|
|5t||1919-20 - 1921-22||Pop McKale / James Pierce||18|
|5t||1930-31 - 1931-32||Fred A. Enke||18|
|7||1928-29||Fred A. Enke||17|
|9t||1946-47||Fred A. Enke||14|
When you’re setting win streak records chances are you’re going to challenge total wins records and this year’s squad did just that, posting the second most wins in Arizona history:
The result was the Cats’ 26th regular season conference championship.
A big reason for the excitement leading up to this season was the return of a pass-first point guard to Tucson. T.J. McConnell did not disappoint as a playmaker and ended up with the 6th highest single-season assist total in UA history:
With a deeper team and, hopefully, more offensive firepower around him, McConnell has a great shot at posting an even bigger assist number next year. Just for fun, if the Wildcats play 40 games in 2014-’15 T.J. would need to average 6.2 assists a game to break Russell Brown’s 36-year-old school record.
The other statistical standout this season was Aaron Gordon, who did his best work on the glass. When his eagerly-anticipated freshman season began the question was whether or not he could play small forward. The situation resolved itself when Brandon Ashley got hurt and Gordon moved inside permanently.
Gordon averaged 8.7 rebounds per game in March, punctuated by pulling down 16 boards against Wisconsin when every possession was crucial. The final tally resulted in one of the best ever seasons for a UA rebounder:
The countdown to next season is underway (only 25 weeks until the season opener!). When the 2015 BasketCats take the floor everyone in Wildcat Universe will be hoping they can tie this school record:
Most National Championships in a Season
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