Slideshow: Arizona's best regular-seasons in the Pac-10/12 era

March 08, 2014 12:25 am

Take a peek at the 23 Arizona teams that lost fewer than 10 games in a regular season, and also see how each managed to fare come NCAA tourney time. At the end of the slideshow, find the complete list of top regular-season UA teams.

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    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 35-3
    • Player who meant the most: Sean Elliott
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Championship win over Oregon State (93-67)
    • NCAA Tournament: Final Four loss to Oklahoma (86-78)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 28-4
    • Player who meant the most: Point guard Jason Gardner
    • Pac-10 Tournament: First-round loss to UCLA (96-89, OT)
    • NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight loss to Kansas (78-75)
    • Coach: Sean Miller
    • Player who meant the most: Nick Johnson
    • Pac-12 Tournament: Not yet played
    • NCAA Tournament: Not yet played
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 29-4
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Sean Elliott
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Championship win over Stanford (73-51)
    • NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 loss to UNLV (68-67)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 24-4
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Chris Mills
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Santa Clara (64-61)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 30-5
    • Player who meant the most: Point guard Mike Bibby
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight loss to Utah (76-51)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 29-6
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Khalid Reeves
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Final Four loss to Arkansas (91-82)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 30-7
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Salim Stoudamire
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Final loss to Washington (81-72)
    • NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight loss to Illinois (90-89, OT)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 27-6
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Ben Davis
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 loss to Kansas (83-80)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 28-7
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Chris Mills
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 loss to Seton Hall (81-77)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 27-7
    • Player who meant the most: Center Loren Woods
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Second-round loss to Wisconsin (66-59)
    • Coach: Sean Miller
    • Final record: 30-8
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Derrick Williams
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Finals loss to Washington (77-75, OT)
    • NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight loss to Connectict (65-63)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 24-7
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Damon Stoudamire
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Miami, Ohio (71-62)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 24-7
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Chris Mills
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to E. Tennessee St. (87-80)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 22-6 (Arizona's NCAA Tournament game vacated because of Jason Terry rules violation)
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Jason Terry
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Oklahoma (61-60)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 25-7
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Jud Buechler
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Championship win over UCLA (94-78)
    • NCAA Tournament: Second-round loss to Alabama (77-55)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 28-8
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Gilbert Arenas
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: Championship final loss to Duke (82-72)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 23-9
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Sean Elliott
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Auburn (73-63)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 20-10
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Andre Iguodala
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Second-round loss to Washington (90-85)
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Seton Hall (80-76)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 21-10
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Steve Kerr
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Alabama (50-41)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 20-11
    • Player who meant the most: Forward Chase Budinger
    • Pac-10 Tournament: First-round loss to Oregon (69-50)
    • NCAA Tournament: First-round loss to Purdue (72-63)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 24-10
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Jason Gardner
    • Pac-10 Tournament: Championship win over USC (81-71)
    • NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 loss to Oklahoma (88-67)
    • Coach: Lute Olson
    • Final record: 25-9
    • Player who meant the most: Guard Miles Simon
    • Pac-10 Tournament: No tournament played
    • NCAA Tournament: NCAA Championship win over Kentucky (84-79, OT)
  • Arizona's best regular-seasons in the Pac-10/12 era

    YearRegular-season (percentage)OverallCoachNCAA tournament resultPac-12 tournament results
    1987-8828-2 (.933)35-3Lute OlsonFinal Four (lost to Oklahoma 86-78)Champion (beat Oregon State 93-67)
    2002-0325-2 (.926)28-4Lute OlsonElite Eight (lost to Kansas 78-75)First-round (lost to UCLA 96-89 in OT)
    2013-1428-3 (.903)????Sean Miller????????
    1988-8924-3 (.889)29-4Lute OlsonSweet 16 (lost to UNLV 68-67)Champion (beat Stanford 73-51)
    1992-9324-3 (.889)24-4Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Santa Clara 64-61)No tournament
    1997-9827-4 (.871)30-5Lute OlsonElite Eight (lost to Utah 76-51)No tournament
    1993-9425-5 (.833)29-6Lute OlsonFinal Four (lost to Arkansas 91-82)No tournament
    2004-0525-5 (.833)30-7Lute OlsonElite Eight (lost to Illinois 90-89 in OT)Final (lost to Washington 81-72)
    1995-9625-5 (.833)27-6Lute OlsonSweet 16 (lost to Kansas 83-80)No tournament
    1990-9126-6 (.813)28-7Lute OlsonSweet 16 (lost to Seton Hall 81-77)No tournament
    1999-200026-6 (.813)27-7Lute OlsonSecond round (lost to Wisconsin 66-59)No tournament
    2010-1125-6 (.806)30-8Sean MillerElite Eight (lost to Connecticut 65-63)Final (lost to Washington 77-75 in OT)
    1994-9524-6 (.800)24-7Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Miami Ohio 71-62)No tournament
    1991-9224-6 (.800)24-7Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to E. Tennessee St. 87-80)No tournament
    1998-9922-6* (.786)22-6Lute OlsonVacated first-round (lost to Oklahoma 61-60)No tournament
    1989-9021-6 (.778)25-7Lute OlsonSecond round (lost to Alabama 77-55)Champion (beat UCLA 94-78)
    2000-0123-7 (.777)28-8Lute OlsonNCAA final (lost to Duke 82-72)No tournament
    1985-8623-8 (.742)23-9Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Auburn 73-63)No tournament
    2003-0419-8 (.704)20-10Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Seton Hall 80-76)Second round (lost to Washington 90-85)
    1984-8521-9 (.700)21-10Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Alabama 50-41)No tournament
    2006-0720-9 (.690)20-11Lute OlsonFirst round (lost to Purdue 72-63)First round (lost to Oregon 69-50)
    2001-0219-9 (.679)24-10Lute OlsonSweet 16 (lost to Oklahoma 88-67)Champion (beat USC 81-71)
    1996-9719-9 (.679)25-9Lute OlsonNCAA Championship (beat Kentucky 84-79, OT)No tournament
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