Sean Elliott during the 1988 Final Four game against Oklahoma.
- Record: 35-3
- Coach: Lute Olson
- Notable player: Sean Elliott. Steve Kerr, Anthony Cook and Kenny Lofton were great players, but Elliott and Lute Olson put the Wildcats on the map and elevated them to the loftiest reaches of college basketball – a place the program has remained for most of the last 30 years. Elliott was a consensus first-team All-American and won the first of two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards in 1988.
- High point: Arizona clobbered North Carolina 70-52 in Seattle to advance to the school's first Final Four and complete a 15-game winning streak – the second double-digit streak of the Cats' winningest season in school history.
- How it ended: Harvey Grant and Stacey King scored 42 points for No. 1 seed Oklahoma, 57-percent three-point shooter Steve Kerr went cold (2-12 from deep), and Sean Elliott's 31 were not enough as the Cats lost 86-78 in the Final Four.