Slideshow: Arizona's 20 longest winning streaks in school history

January 26, 2014 12:01 am

A look back at the 20 times the Cats have won 10 or more games in a row.

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    • Timeframe: Nov. 8-Feb. 1
    • Season record: ???
    • Postseason accomplishment: ???
    • High point: Arizona's 16th win in the streak came at Pauley Pavilion against a game UCLA squad that had beaten Arizona three times in 2012-13. The Cats blew a big lead in the second half but hit big free throws to earn the 79-75 win.
    • How it ended: After losing forward Brandon Ashley to a foot injury that ended his season two minutes into its game at California in Berkeley, Arizona fought hard in an offensively-challenged affair before losing on a last-second fadeaway jumper by All-Pac-12 guard Justin Cobbs.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 28-Feb. 28
    • Season record: 30-5
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Elite Eight
    • High point: Arizona played just two games in which its margin of victory was less than 10 points, but it did have two extremely notable wins in the streak. The Cats handed Stanford, which went 30-5 and made the Final Four, two losses by a combined 50 points. Arizona pasted The Cardinal 93-75 in California in late January then came back about a month later and rolled, 90-58, at McKale Center. 
    • How it ended: USC's Adam Spanich hit an off-balance three as time expired in overtime to lift USC to a 91-90 upset win. USC had lost the previous seven games to Arizona.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 28-Feb. 27
    • Season record: 24-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA first round
    • High point: The Cats clobbered in-state rival ASU 116-80 in the 16th win of the streak.
    • How it ended: California, led by stars Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray, foiled the Cats' attempt to become the only team in Pac-10/12 history to go 18-0 in league play.
    • Notable: Then 24-3 Arizona became the second No. 2 seed to lose to a No. 15 seed as Steve Nash's Santa Clara Broncos ended the Cats' season.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 31-Feb. 14
    • Season record: 19-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: No postseason
    • High point: Arizona beat New Mexico State 63-13 and 56-18 on back-to-back nights.
    • How it ended: Northern Arizona squeaked out a 30-26 win and followed that with a 20-18 the following night.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 4-Feb. 13
    • Season record: 18-2
    • Postseason accomplishment: Border Conference Champions
    • High point: Arizona beat Arizona State in four straight games, and none was decided by fewer than nine points.
    • How it ended: New Mexico upended the Cats 30-28. Arizona's only two losses that year came to the Lobos.
    • Timeframe: Feb. 7-March 27
    • Season record: 35-3
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Final Four
    • High point: Arizona clobbered North Carolina 70-52 in Seattle to advance to the school's first Final Four.
    • How it ended: Harvey Grant and Stacey King scored 42 points for No. 1 seed Oklahoma, and Sean Elliott's 31 were not enough as the Cats lost 86-78 in the Final Four.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 31-Feb. 20
    • Season record: 21-3
    • Postseason accomplishment: Border Conference Champions
    • High point: In the span of 14 days, Arizona beat in-state rivals NAU and ASU four times in consecutive games.
    • How it ended: Arizona's trip to Texas Tech ended in a 61-49 defeat.
    • Timeframe: Nov. 11-Jan. 5
    • Season record: 27-8
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Sweet 16
    • High point: Arizona's Nick Johnson made a ridiculous block of San Diego State guard Chase Tapley's layup attempt to preserve a 68-67 win at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Hawaii in the Cats' 11th win of the streak.
    • How it ended: A trip to Eugene, Ore., against Dana Altman's upstart Ducks ended in the Cats' first loss of the year, 70-66.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 29-March 2
    • Season record: 25-5
    • Postseason accomplishment: NIT first round
    • High point: Arizona knocked off West Texas State 44-37 to win the Border Conference tournament.
    • How it ended: Kentucky blasted the Cats 77-53 two weeks later in the first round of the NIT.
    • Timeframe: Nov. 15-Jan. 4
    • Season record: 20-11
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA first round
    • High point: Arizona, led by Ivan Radenovic, Mustafa Shakur and Chase Budinger, upended No. 18 Memphis 79-71 in its first real test of the season and ninth win in the streak.
    • How it ended: The Washington State Cougars got 28 points from Daven Harmeling and beat the No. 7 Cats 77-73 in overtime to get the school's first win at home over an opponent ranked that high in 24 years.
    • Timeframe: Nov. 27-Dec. 30
    • Season record: 35-3
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Final Four
    • High point: Arizona, in its last win in the streak, slipped by Duke 91-85 to win the Fiesta Bowl Classic here in Tucson.
    • How it ended: New Mexico, with future Chicago Bulls center Luc Longley leading the way, won at home over the Cats 61-59.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 22-Feb. 17
    • Season record: 22-2
    • Postseason accomplishment: Border Conference Champions
    • High point: Arizona avenged a two-point loss to Arizona State by thrashing the Sun Devils 63-40 to start the streak.
    • How it ended: Texas Tech, as it did later in 1946-47, stopped the Cats 47-35 to end the streak.
    • Timeframe: Feb. 17-March 31
    • Season record: 28-8
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Championship runner-up
    • High point: Arizona cruised past Michigan State 80-61 to advance to its second national championship game in the last win of the streak.
    • How it ended: In the national title game, Arizona's Jason Gardner missed a layup on a questionable non-call after contact from a Duke defender. After those not on the ground raced to the other end, Mike Dunleavy turned the chaotic sequence into a three-pointer that extended the Blue Devils' lead to seven points and, ultimately, an NCAA championship over the Wildcats (at least, that's how we will always remember that game).
    • Timeframe: Feb. 16-March 18
    • Season record: 29-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Sweet 16
    • High point: Arizona slammed Clemson 94-68 in the second round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16.
    • How it ended: In another infamous moment in NCAA tournament history, Kenny Lofton fell to the ground after he and Anderson Hunt collided, and Hunt used the opening to hit a three-pointer with two seconds left in the Sweet 16 to upend the Cats 68-67.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 5-Feb. 9
    • Season record: 29-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Sweet 16
    • High point: Who doesn't like an Arizona Wildcats blowout win in Tempe? The Cats slugged the Sun Devils 96-71 in the seventh win of the streak.
    • How it ended: Oklahoma, which foiled the Cats in the Final Four the year before, beat the Cats 82-80 in Norman, Okla.
    • Timeframe: Feb. 1-March 8
    • Season record: 28-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Elite Eight
    • High point: Arizona clobbered UCLA for the second time that season, 106-70, in the fourth win of the streak.
    • How it ended: UCLA avenged its two earlier losses to the Cats (by a combined score of 193-122!) by taking Arizona to two overtimes in the Pac-10 tournament and winning 96-89.
    • Timeframe: Dec. 28-Jan-25
    • Season record: 28-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: NCAA Elite Eight
    • High point: Arizona went to Kansas and clobbered the Jayhawks 91-74 at Allen Fieldhouse. Of course, the Jayhawks got their revenge in the NCAA tournament with a 78-75 win that ended the Cats' season.
    • How it ended: Stanford came to Tucson and, with an 82-77 win, was the only team to beat Arizona between Dec. 28 and March 13, a stretch of 21 games.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 30-Feb. 22
    • Season record: 26-5
    • Postseason accomplishment: NIT first round
    • High point: Perhaps cosmic NCAA basketball karma came into play some 40-plus years later, but Arizona slammed Santa Clara 80-64 and 63-45 in back-to-back games to start this streak.
    • How it ended: Hardin-Simmons won at home, 57-53.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 19-Feb. 24
    • Season record: 18-9
    • Postseason accomplishment: Second in Border Conference
    • High point: The first four wins in this streak came against Arizona State in a span of five days - two games in Tucson and two in Tempe.
    • How it ended: New Mexico State slipped past the Cats 45-43 to end the streak.
    • Timeframe: Jan. 17-Feb. 12
    • Season record: 13-4
    • Postseason accomplishment: No postseason
    • High point: Man, did the Cats own the Sun Devils back in the day. In the middle of this streak, Arizona won four straight against the Sun Devils in a span of 11 days.
    • How it ended: New Mexico handed the Cats their first loss in 11 tries, 34-29.
  • All of Arizona's double-digit winning streaks

    YearWinsCoachTimeframeFinal recordAchievement
    2013-1421Sean MillerNov. 8-Feb. 1
    1997-9819Lute OlsonDec. 28-Feb. 2830-5NCAA Elite Eight
    1992-9319Lute OlsonDec. 28-Feb. 2724-4NCAA first round
    1928-2917Fred A. EnkeDec. 31-Feb. 1419-4No postseason
    1931-3216Fred A. EnkeDec. 4-Feb. 1318-2Border Conference Champions
    1987-8815Lute OlsonFeb. 7-March 2735-3NCAA Final Four
    1946-4714Fred A. EnkeDec. 31-Feb. 2021-3Border Conference Champions
    2012-1313Sean MillerNov. 11-Jan. 527-8NCAA Sweet 16
    1945-4613Fred A. EnkeJan. 29-March 225-5NIT first round
    2006-0712Lute OlsonNov. 15-Jan. 420-11NCAA first round
    1987-8812Lute OlsonNov. 27-Dec. 3035-3NCAA Final Four
    1942-4312Fred A. EnkeJan. 22-Feb. 1722-2Border Conference Champions
    2000-0111Lute OlsonFeb. 17-March 3128-8NCAA Championship runner-up
    1988-8911Lute OlsonFeb. 16-March 1829-4NCAA Sweet 16
    1988-8911Lute OlsonJan. 5-Feb. 929-4NCAA Sweet 16
    2002-0310Lute OlsonFeb. 1-March 828-4NCAA Elite Eight
    2002-0310Lute OlsonDec. 28-Jan-2528-4NCAA Elite Eight
    1949-5010Fred A. EnkeJan. 30-Feb. 2226-5NIT first round
    1933-3410Fred A. EnkeJan. 19-Feb. 2418-9Second in Border Conference
    1926-2710Fred A. EnkeJan. 17-Feb. 1213-4No postseason
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