The streak: Arizona's 21-game winning streak to start the 2013-14 season in sports covers

March 20, 2014 12:05 am

The Wildcats roared out of the gate this season to set a school record with 21 straight wins. California finally knocked them off on a last-second jumper. Here's how it all happened via the Arizona Daily Star's sports covers, from No. 1 to No. 21. Each is also available as a PDF download (link below each slide).

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  • Arizona 73, Cal Poly 62

    Summary: Aaron Gordon scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in his first college game for the No. 6 Wildcats.

    He said it: “I was a little bit nervous.” — Gordon, one of six Cats to score in double figures

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  • Arizona 91, Long Beach St. 57

    Summary: UA held the 49ers to 27-percent shooting. Four Cats scored 14 or more points.

    He said it: “As a team we talked about our identity, and our identity is a strong defensive team.” — Nick Johnson

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  • Arizona 69, San Diego St. 60

    Summary: Nick Johnson scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting as UA held off a late SDSU run.

    He said it: “He played the role that we need him to play. He’s emerging as a leader.” — Miller on Johnson

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  • Arizona 100, Fairleigh Dickinson 50

    Summary: Gabe York poured in a career-high 20 points vs. Fairleigh Dickinson as Sean Miller picked up his 100th win as Arizona’s coach.

    He said it: “He’s a great coach and I think he’s going to get a lot more victories.” — York on Miller

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  • Arizona 87, Rhode Island 59

    Summary: UA won in another blowout to reach the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals in New York.

    He said it: “We’re a top-five team. Top-five teams come out and do what they’re supposed to do …” — Nick Johnson

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  • Arizona 66, Drexel 62

    Summary: Arizona fell behind by 19 in the first half, but outscored Drexel by 13 in the final 20 minutes at Madison Square Garden.

    He said it: “It’s hard to play basketball with zero assists.” — Sean Miller on the UA’s first-half total

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  • Arizona 72, Duke 66

    Summary: Nick Johnson scored 15 points in the NIT Season Tip-Off final to win MVP.

    He said it: “In the second half, I told him, ‘You need to take over. This is our game.’” — T.J. McConnell, on what he said to Johnson

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  • Arizona 79, Texas Tech 58

    Summary:Brandon Ashley had 18 points and 10 boards, and UA overcame 15 turnovers.

    He said it:“Everybody had been talking about Duke. But we were pretty much over that.” — Nick Johnson, who had four treys

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  • Arizona 63, UNLV 58

    Summary: T.J. McConnell had 13 points, and his jumper put the Cats up 58-57 with 3:10 left as UA sewed up its first No. 1 ranking since ’03.

    He said it: “To be No. 1 is maybe the greatest compliment that you can have.” — Sean Miller

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  • Arizona 74, New Mexico St. 48

    Summary: The Cats avoided a No. 1 letdown as Brandon Ashley had a career-high three triples.

    He said it: “I can’t coach what Rondae did.” — Sean Miller, on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s one-handed jam over a defender before the half

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  • Arizona 72, Michigan 70

    Summary: Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski totaled 32 points, and UA hit its free throws late.

    He said it: “I took it upon myself to play defense.” — Aaron Gordon, who held Glenn Robinson III to four of his 20 points in the second half

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  • Arizona 69, Southern 43

    Summary: Aaron Gordon had a career-high 20 points but was 4 of 10 from the free-throw line, causing McKale fans to squirm after his misses.

    He said it: “My shot is fine. I’m thinking about it too much.” — Gordon, on his foul-shot woes

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  • Arizona 77, NAU 44

    Summary: The Cats forced 18 NAU turnovers, scoring 23 points off of them.

    He said it: “My personal thought is we had a bad second half. We were just lackadaisical on defense.” — Nick Johnson, who had 20 points

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  • Arizona 60, Washington St. 25

    Summary: UA opened Pac-12 play by holding the Cougars to a McKale record for least points.

    He said it: “With seven minutes left (in the first half), I looked up and said, ‘Hey, they haven’t scored a field goal yet.” — Aaron Gordon

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  • Arizona 71, Washington 62

    Summary: Sixteen of UA’s 24 baskets were dunks or layups as the Cats rallied to stay perfect.

    He said it: “I’ve coached against Washington 10 times, and I feel like every one of them is (a close game) like this,” — Sean Miller

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  • Arizona 79, UCLA 75

    Summary: Nick Johnson’s basket with 1:27 left put 16-0 Arizona up for good in Los Angeles.

    He said it: “A lot of people were saying we were going to lose today. We’re still not getting respect.” — Johnson

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  • Arizona 73, USC 53

    Summary: UA pulled away late to set a school record with 17 straight wins to start the season.

    He said it: “This is something that all of us will cherish ... because of the great tradition that we have (at Arizona).” — Sean Miller

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  • Arizona 91, Arizona St. 68

    Summary: Seven players scored in double figures for UA, which led 35-14 at one point.

    He said it: “We’re unselfish and we can score at any position.” — T.J. McConnell, who had 10 points and six assists

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  • Arizona 69, Colorado 57

    Summary: Brandon Ashley scored a game-high 18 points as UA took control early at McKale.

    He said it: “We have to do a better job of rebounding.” — Sean Miller, whose team tied the Buffaloes in rebounds with 32

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  • Arizona 65, Utah 56

    Summary: The teams were tied at 47 with 10 minutes left before the Wildcats took control.

    He said it: “They pounded us. We just couldn’t match their level of physicality.” — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak

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  • Arizona 60, Stanford 57

    Summary: Nick Johnson hit a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to snap a 55-55 tie.

    He said it: “We know by now we’re going to get everybody’s best shot and that’s what happened.” — Nick Johnson.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
1/24 70-89
Washington at
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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