Trying to pinpoint one reason the Arizona Wildcats didn't win the Pac-12 title might be a fool's errand, but it's easy to start with one man: the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
California's Allen Crabbe (23) was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 points a game.
The Pac-12 postseason awards released Monday mirrored the 2012-13 Arizona Wildcats.
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Ben Howland's list of basketball's five greatest players starts with Bill Russell, and continues to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar before reaching Michael Jordan at No. 3, Magic Johnson fourth, and Kobe Bryant fifth.
Shabazz Muhammad's average of 18.3 points per game is tops among the nation's freshmen. It might help the Bruin win Pac-12 Player of the Year.
When Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller was asked Saturday about possibly facing Colorado again in the Pac-12 tournament, he hesitated.
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Nick Johnson, driving on ASU center Jordan Bachynski in the second half, finished with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals to energize the Wildcats.
The lasting image from senior day at McKale Center will have nothing to do with framed jerseys, proud parents or Ooh Aah Man Joe Cavaleri, or with band members and cheerleaders who've run out of eligibility.
What if this is as good as it gets? What if Arizona is nothing more than a No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament?
Thanks to their front-loaded success this season, the Arizona Wildcats oddly could be a No. 4 seed in both the Pac-12 and NCAA basketball tournaments.
LOS ANGELES — Through the Jan. 31 evening he helped keep Washington gunner C.J. Wilcox to just 4-for-16 shooting, Nick Johnson’s presence for the Arizona Wildcats was undeniable.