2013–14 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by fifth-year head coach Sean Miller and played home games at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 33–5, 15–3 in Pac-12 play to win the first Pac-12 regular season championship for the 13th time since 2011. They advanced to the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament where they lost to UCLA. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Weber State, Gonzaga, and San Diego State to advance to the Elite Eight where they lost to Wisconsin.

2013–14 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
Pac-12 regular season champions
NIT Season Tip-Off champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferencePac-12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 4
2013–14 record33–5 (15–3 Pac-12)
Head coachSean Miller (5th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaMcKale Center
Seasons
2013–14 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Arizona 15 3   .833     33 5   .868
#20 UCLA 12 6   .667     28 9   .757
Oregon 10 8   .556     24 10   .706
Colorado 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Arizona State 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Stanford 10 8   .556     23 13   .639
California 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Utah 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Washington 9 9   .500     17 15   .531
Oregon State 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Washington State 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
USC 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
2014 Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

Arizona's 2012–13 team finished with a record of 27–8 after advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. The team went 12–6 in the Pac-12 regular season, putting them in a three-way tie for second place. In the Pac-12 Tournament, the team defeated Colorado to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to UCLA. Ranked 21st in the post-season AP poll, the Cats were seeded 6th in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Arizona won its first two tournament games, defeating 11-seed Belmont and 14-seed Harvard, before falling to 2-seed Ohio State in the regional semifinals.[1]

Off-seasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Angelo Chol 30 PF 6'9" 225 Sophomore San Diego, California Transferred to San Diego State after spring 2013 classes[2]
Quinton Crawford 51 SG 6'2" 200 Senior Old Bridge, New Jersey Graduated
Solomon Hill 44 SF 6'7" 220 Senior Los Angeles, California Selected 23rd overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2013 NBA draft after graduation
Grant Jerrett 33 PF 6'10" 235 Freshman La Verne, California Drafted 40th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers; later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Mark Lyons 2 PG 6'1" 200 Senior Schenectady, New York Signed with French Pro A team Choral Roanne[3]
Kevin Parrom 3 G/F 6'6" 220 Senior Bronx, New York Graduated
Max Wiepking 52 SF 6'6" 220 Senior Englewood, Colorado Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Chris Johnson 52 G 6'6" 210 Junior Gilbert, Arizona The older brother of Nick Johnson joins the team as a walk on.[4]
Zach Peters 33 PF 6'10" 238 Freshman Plano, Texas The NCAA granted Peters four years of eligibility without requiring him to sit out in light of medical issues that kept him from playing while at Kansas and led to his withdrawal after the fall 2013 semester.[5][6]
  • Point guard T. J. McConnell and center Matt Korcheck first played for Arizona in 2013-14 after red-shirting the previous season. McConnell, a Duquesne transfer and the nephew of Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member Suzie McConnell Serio, was required to sit out 2012–13 under NCAA transfer rules.[7] Korcheck was eligible to play as a junior college transfer but arranged with Miller to redshirt given Arizona's front-court depth.[8] Both had two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting.

2013 Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Gordon
F
San Jose, CA Archbishop Mitty High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 2, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
F
Chester, PA Chester High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sep 13, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92
Elliott Pitts
G
Dublin, CA De La Salle High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 12, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Eric Conklin
F
Scottsdale, AZ Chaparral High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (110 kg) May 11, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 58
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #4   Rivals: #4  ESPN: #5
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Arizona 2013 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "2013 Arizona Basketball Commits". Scout.com.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

RosterEdit

2013–14 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Gabe York 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Orange Lutheran Orange, California
G 4 T. J. McConnell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Chartiers Valley/Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
F 11 Aaron Gordon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Archbishop Mitty San Jose, California
G 13 Nick Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Findlay Prep Gilbert, Arizona
G 20 Jordin Mayes 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Westchester Los Angeles, California
F 21 Brandon Ashley   6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Findlay Prep Oakland, California
F 23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Chester Chester, Pennsylvania
G 24 Elliott Pitts 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr De La Salle Dublin, California
F/C 31 Matt Korcheck 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr Sabino/Cochise College Tucson, Arizona
F/C 33 Zach Peters 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Prestonwood Christian/Kansas Plano, Texas
C 35 Kaleb Tarczewski 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So St. Mark's School Claremont, New Hampshire
G 44 Trey Mason (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Loyola Los Angeles, California
G 50 Jacob Hazzard (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Loyola Los Angeles, California
F 52 Chris Johnson (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr South Kent/CSU San Bernardino Gilbert, Arizona
F 54 Eric Conklin (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Chaparral Scottsdale, Arizona
F 55 Drew Mellon (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Mater Dei Santa Ana, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 10/15/13

Depth chartEdit

  • before Feb. 1
Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kaleb Tarczewski Matt Korcheck
PF Brandon Ashley Zach Peters Eric Conklin
SF Aaron Gordon Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Drew Mellon Chris Johnson
SG Nick Johnson Gabe York Elliott Pitts Trey Mason
PG T.J. McConnell Jordin Mayes Jacob Hazzard
  • after Feb. 1
Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kaleb Tarczewski Matt Korcheck
PF Aaron Gordon Zach Peters Eric Conklin
SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Elliott Pitts Drew Mellon Chris Johnson
SG Nick Johnson Gabe York Trey Mason
PG T.J. McConnell Jordin Mayes Jacob Hazzard

ScheduleEdit

Arizona's thirteen-game non-conference schedule had two road games, two neutral-site games, and nine home games.[9] The team spent Thanksgiving in New York City for the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal and championship rounds held at Madison Square Garden. Arizona was one of four regional hosts for the NIT Tip-Off's first and second rounds, the others being Duke, Alabama, and Rutgers.[10]

In the unbalanced 18-game Pac-12 schedule, the Cats will face neither the Washington schools on the road nor the Los Angeles schools at home.[11]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
10/28/2013
7:00 pm, P12N
Augustana W 84–52 
McKale Center (13,340)
Tucson, AZ
Non-conference regular season
11/08/2013*
8:00 pm, P12N
No. 6 Cal Poly W 73–62  1–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
11/11/2013*
8:00 pm, P12N
No. 6 Long Beach State W 91–57  2–0
McKale Center (14,087)
Tucson, AZ
11/14/2013*
8:05 pm, CBSSN
No. 6 at San Diego State W 69–60  3–0
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
11/18/2013*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 Fairleigh Dickinson
NIT Season Tip-Off campus-site game
W 100–50  4–0
McKale Center (13,529)
Tucson, AZ
11/19/2013*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 Rhode Island
NIT Season Tip-Off campus-site game
W 87–59  5–0
McKale Center (13,354)
Tucson, AZ
11/27/2013*
5:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 4 vs. Drexel
NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals
W 66–62  6–0
Madison Square Garden (8,741)
New York, NY
11/29/2013*
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 vs. No. 6 Duke
NIT Season Tip-Off Championship
W 72–66  7–0
Madison Square Garden (13,266)
New York, NY
12/03/2013*
7:00 pm, P12N
No. 2 Texas Tech W 79–58  8–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
12/07/2013*
3:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 UNLV W 63–58  9–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
12/11/2013*
7:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 New Mexico State W 74–48  10–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
12/14/2013*
10:00 AM, CBS
No. 1 at No. 25 Michigan W 72–70  11–0
Crisler Center (12,707)
Ann Arbor, MI
12/19/2013*
7:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 Southern W 69–43  12–0
McKale Center (14,149)
Tucson, AZ
12/23/2013*
8:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 Northern Arizona W 77–44  13–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
Pac-12 regular season
01/02/2014
8:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 Washington State W 60–25  14–0
(1–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/04/2014
12:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 Washington W 71–62  15–0
(2–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/09/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at UCLA
Rivalry
W 79–75  16–0
(3–0)
Pauley Pavilion (13,283)
Los Angeles, CA
01/12/2014
7:00 pm, P12N
No. 1 at USC W 73–53  17–0
(4–0)
Galen Center (8,347)
Los Angeles, CA
01/16/2014
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 1 Arizona State
Rivalry
W 91–68  18–0
(5–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/23/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 Colorado W 69–57  19–0
(6–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/26/2014
6:00 pm, FS1
No. 1 Utah W 65–56  20–0
(7–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/29/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 at Stanford W 60–57  21–0
(8–0)
Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Stanford, CA
02/01/2014
8:30 pm, P12N
No. 1 at California L 58–60  21–1
(8–1)
Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Berkleley, CA
02/06/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 Oregon W 67–65  22–1
(9–1)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/09/2014
5:00 pm, P12N
No. 2 Oregon State W 76–54  23–1
(10–1)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/14/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 at Arizona State
Rivalry
L 66–69 2OT 23–2
(10–2)
Wells Fargo Arena (10,699)
Tempe, AZ
02/19/2014
8:00 pm, FS1
No. 4 at Utah W 67–63 OT 24–2
(11–2)
Huntsman Center (14,266)
Salt Lake City, UT
02/22/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 at Colorado
College GameDay
W 88–61  25–2
(12–2)
Coors Events Center (11,025)
Boulder, CO
02/26/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 California W 87–59  26–2
(13–2)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
03/02/2014
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 3 Stanford W 79–66  27–2
(14–2)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
03/05/2014
9:00 pm, FS1
No. 3 at Oregon State W 74–69  28–2
(15–2)
Gill Coliseum (5,651)
Corvallis, OR
03/08/2014
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 3 at Oregon L 57–64  28–3
(15–3)
Matthew Knight Arena (12,364)
Eugene, OR
Pac-12 Tournament
03/13/2014
12:00 pm, P12N
No. 4 vs. Utah
Quarterfinals
W 71–39  29–3
MGM Grand Garden Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
03/14/2014
6:00 pm, P12N
No. 4 vs. Colorado
Semifinals
W 63–43  30–3
MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, NV
03/15/2014
3:00 pm, FS1
No. 4 vs. UCLA
Championship
L 71–75  30–4
MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
03/21/2014*
12:10 pm, TNT
No. 4 (1 W) vs. (16 W) Weber State
Second round
W 68–59  31–4
Viejas Arena (11,196)
San Diego, CA
03/23/2014*
6:40 pm, TBS
No. 4 (1 W) vs. (8 W) Gonzaga
Third round
W 84–61  32–4
Viejas Arena (11,504)
San Diego, CA
03/27/2014*
8:17 pm, TBS
No. 4 (1 W) vs. No. 13 (4 W) San Diego State
Sweet Sixteen
W 70–64  33–4
Honda Center (17,773)
Anaheim, CA
03/29/2014*
5:49 pm, TBS
No. 4 (1 W) vs. No. 12 (2 W) Wisconsin
Elite Eight
L 63–64 OT 33–5
Honda Center (17,814)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. W=West Region. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Time.

Ranking movementEdit

Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Post Final
AP 6 6 5 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 3 4 4 N/A
Coaches 5 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 4 3 3 4 5 5

Team statisticsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FGM-FGA 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brandon Ashley 22 22 27.7 93–178 11–29 56–74 5.8 1.0 0.6 0.7 11.5
Eric Conklin 7 0 2.4 2–2 0–0 0–0 0.1 0 0 0 0.6
Aaron Gordon 38 38 31.2 189–382 16–45 76–180 8.0 1.97 0.89 1.0 12.4
Jacob Hazzard 13 0 2.2 8–17 4–9 0–0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0 1.5
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 38 6 25.3 121–247 2–10 103–151 5.7 1.4 0.7 1.0 9.1
Nick Johnson 38 38 33.0 205–474 62–169 146–187 4.1 2.8 1.1 0.66 16.3
Matt Korecheck 22 0 4.6 8–12 0–0 8–12 1.4 0.1 0.1 0.2 1.1
Trey Mason 10 0 2.2 2–3 1–1 0–0 0.3 0.3 0 0 0.5
Jordin Mayes 34 1 5.7 15–45 3–15 11–17 0.5 0.5 0.3 0 1.3
T. J. McConnell 38 38 32.2 127–280 36–100 31–50 3.6 5.3 1.7 0.2 8.4
Drew Mellon 6 0 2.0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0.2 0.2 0 0 0.2
Zach Peters 11 0 2.8 0–6 0–6 0–0 0.4 0 0 0 0
Elliott Pitts 24 0 8.4 15–35 11–28 3–8 1.0 0.3 0.2 0 1.8
Kaleb Tarczewski 36 35 28.3 128–219 0-0 102–135 6.3 0.5 0.1 1.0 9.9
Gabe York 38 12 21.8 82–221 57–148 35–52 2.2 1.6 0.5 0.1 6.7
Chris Johnson 4 0 6.0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0 0 0 0 1.0

Source[12]

AwardsEdit

Aaron Gordon
  • Freshman student-athlete of the year
  • AP Honorable Mention
  • 2013: USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
  • Individual All-America teams
  • 2014 NCAA Tournament's West Regional all-tournament team
  • Third All-America Team– Sporting News
  • USBWA All-District team
  • NABC All District Second Team
  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • Pac-12 First Team
  • Pac–12 Freshman of the Year
  • 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team[13]
  • CBS Sports and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman Of The Week Honors
Nick Johnson
  • Junior student-athlete of the year
  • Wooden All-American team
  • AP All-American second team
  • 2014 NCAA Tournament's West Regional all-tournament team
  • First team All-American – TSN, USBWA
  • Consensus All-American – USBWA, NABC, Sporting News
  • USBWA All-District team
  • NABC All District First Team
  • USBWA District IX Player of the Year
  • Pac-12 First Team
  • Pac-12 All-Defense Team
  • Pac-12 Player of the Year
  • 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off MVP, All-Tournament Team[14]
  • Pac-12 Player of the Week (December 2, 2013)[15]
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • Freshman student-athlete of the year
Kaleb Tarczewski
  • Sophomore student-athlete of the year
T. J. McConnell
  • Pac-12 Second Team
  • Pac-12 All-Defensive Team
Head Coach Sean Miller

ReferencesEdit

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