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2014–15 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by sixth-year head coach Sean Miller and played home games at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 34–4, 16–2 in Pac-12 play to win their second straight Pac-12 regular season championship title for 14th time. In the Pac-12 Tournament, the Wildcats defeated 8-seed California; 73–51 in the quarterfinal game, 4-seed UCLA; 70–64 in the semifinal game, and 2-seed Oregon; 80–52 in the championship game. The Wildcats won their first Pac-12 Tournament title for the fifth time since 2002. As the #2 seed in the West Region NCAA Tournament, The Arizona Wildcats defeated the #15 seed Texas Southern; 93–72 in the round of 64, #10 seed Ohio State; 73–58 in the round of 32, 6-seed Xavier; 68–60 in the Sweet 16, advancing to the Elite 8 for second straight year, losing to 1-seed Wisconsin (the rematch from the NCAA Tournament's Elite 8 loss in 1-point overtime last season); 85–78.

2014–15 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferencePac-12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 5
2014–15 record34–4 (16–2 Pac-12)
Head coachSean Miller (6th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaMcKale Center
Seasons
2014–15 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Arizona 16 2   .889     34 4   .895
#25 Oregon 13 5   .722     26 10   .722
#19 Utah 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
UCLA 11 7   .611     22 14   .611
Stanford 9 9   .500     24 13   .649
Arizona State 9 9   .500     18 16   .529
Oregon State 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
California 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
Colorado 7 11   .389     16 18   .471
Washington State 7 11   .389     13 18   .419
Washington 5 13   .278     16 15   .516
USC 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The 2013–14 Arizona Wildcats team finished the season with an overall record of 33–5, and 15–3 in the Pac-12 to win their 13th Pac-12 regular season championship. In the Pac-12 Tournament the Wildcats defeated Utah and Colorado to advanced to the Pac-12 Championship Game, where they lost to UCLA. The team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a 1–seed in the West Region, where they defeated 16-seed Weber State, 8-seed Gonzaga, and 4-seed San Diego State to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to 2-seed Wisconsin in overtime.

Off SeasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jordin Mayes 20 G 6’3” 190 Senior Los Angeles, California Graduated
Nick Johnson 13 G 6'3" 200 Junior Gilbert, Arizona Declared for 2014 NBA draft.
Zach Peters 33 PF 6'10" 240 RS Freshman Plano, Texas Retired from playing basketball due to concussion issues.[1]
Aaron Gordon 11 F 6'9" 225 Freshman San Jose, California Declared for 2014 NBA draft.
Eric Conklin 54 PF 6'6" 235 Freshman Scottsdale, Arizona Elected to transfer.[2]

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ryan Anderson 12 PF 6’9” 216 Senior Lakewood, CA Elected to forgo playing his senior season at Boston College to transfer to Arizona.
Anderson will redshirt for the 2014–15 season, under NCAA transfer rules. Will have one year of eligibility for the 2015–16 season.
Kadeem Allen 20 G 6'3" 180 Junior Wilmington, NC National JC Player of the Year, at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
Allen will redshirt for the 2014–15 season, and will have two years of eligibility starting for the 2015–16 season.

2014 Recruiting ClassEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Parker Jackson-Cartwright
PG
Los Angeles, CA Loyola H.S. 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Feb 24, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Craig Victor II
F
New Orleans, LA Findlay Prep 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Aug 17, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kadeem Allen
G
Wilmington, NC Hutchinson C.C. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 28, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Stanley Johnson
F/G
Fullerton, CA Mater Dei H.S 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Nov 15, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Dušan Ristić
C
Novi Sad, SRB Sunrise Christian Academy 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Mar 8, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #3   Rivals: #4  ESPN: #6
  • 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 2014 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  • "2014 Arizona Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  • "2014 Arizona Wildcats Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014.

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2014–15 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Parker Jackson-Cartwright 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Sierra Canyon School Los Angeles, California
G 1 Gabe York 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Orange Lutheran HS West Covina, California
G 4 T. J. McConnell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Chartiers Valley HS/Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G/F 5 Stanley Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Mater Dei HS Fullerton, California
F 12 Ryan Anderson   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Long Beach Poly HS/Boston College Lakewood, California
C 14 Dušan Ristić 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Novi Sad, Serbia
G 20 Kadeem Allen   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr New Hanover HS/Hutchinson C.C. Wilmington, North Carolina
F 21 Brandon Ashley 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Findlay Prep San Francisco, California
F 23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Chester HS Chester, Pennsylvania
G 24 Elliott Pitts 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So De La Salle HS Dublin, California
F 31 Matt Korcheck 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Sr Sabino HS/Cochise College Tucson, Arizona
C 35 Kaleb Tarczewski 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr St. Mark's School Claremont, New Hampshire
G 44 Trey Mason (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Loyola HS Los Angeles, California
G 50 Jacob Hazzard (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Loyola HS Los Angeles, California
F 55 Drew Mellon (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Mater Dei HS Santa Ana, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 01/06/2015

  • On January 6, 2015, Freshman forward Craig Victor II announced he would be transferring. Three days later, it was announced Victor would be transferring to LSU.

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kaleb Tarczewski Dušan Ristić
PF Brandon Ashley Matt Korcheck Ryan Anderson
SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Elliott Pitts Drew Mellon
SG Stanley Johnson Gabe York Trey Mason
PG T.J. McConnell Parker Jackson-Cartwright Jacob Hazzard Kadeem Allen

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at Arizona Alma Mater (year)
Sean Miller Head Coach 6th Pittsburgh (1992)
Joe Pasternack Associate Head Coach 4th Indiana (1999)
Emanuel Richardson Assistant Coach 6th Pittsburgh-Johnstown (1998)
Damon Stoudamire Assistant Coach 2nd Arizona (1995)
Ryan Reynolds Director of Basketball Operations 6th Xavier (2007)
Ben Tucker Assistant Director of Basketball Operations 1st Arizona (2010)

ScheduleEdit

The team's non-conference schedule will include road games at UNLV and UTEP, home games against Mount St. Mary's, UC Irvine, Oakland, Gardner-Webb, Michigan, Gonzaga, Utah Valley and Cal State Northridge (Maui Invitational opening game) and three neutral-site games as part of the 2014 Maui Invitational Tournament.[3] In conference play, the team will face neither the Washington teams at home nor the Los Angeles teams on the road.[4]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/09/2014*
4:00 PM, P12N
No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona W 67–51 
 12  Tied   7  Tied   11  McConnell  McKale Center (10,000)
Tucson, AZ
Non-conference regular season
11/14/2014*
6:00 PM, P12N
No. 2 Mount St. Mary's W 78–55  1–0
 21  Ashley   10  Tarczewski   7  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
11/16/2014*
6:00 PM, P12N
No. 2 Cal State Northridge
Maui Invitational Opening Round
W 86–68  2–0
 17  Johnson   8  Hollis-Jefferson   8  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
11/19/2014*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 2 UC Irvine W 71–54  3–0
 19  Hollis-Jefferson   10  Johnson   4  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
11/24/2014*
3:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Missouri
Maui Invitational Quarterfinals
W 72–53  4–0
 15  Tied   8  Tarczewski   9  McConnell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/25/2014*
5:30 PM, ESPN
No. 3 vs. Kansas State
Maui Invitational Semifinals
W 72–68  5–0
 18  Tarczewski   8  Hollis-Jefferson   6  McConnell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/26/2014*
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 15 San Diego State
Maui Invitational Championship
W 61–59  6–0
 18  Johnson   9  Johnson   3  McConnell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
12/02/2014*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 3 Gardner–Webb W 91–65  7–0
 18  Tied   8  Tied   8  McConnell  McKale Center (14,150)
Tucson, AZ
12/06/2014*
3:15 PM, ESPN
No. 3 No. 9 Gonzaga W 66–63 OT 8–0
 14  Ashley   7  Tarczewski   3  Jackson-Cartwright  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
12/09/2014*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 3 Utah Valley W 87–56  9–0
 14  Johnson   10  Hollis-Jefferson   3  Tied  McKale Center (14,321)
Tucson, AZ
12/13/2014*
3:15 PM, ESPN
No. 3 Michigan W 80–53  10–0
 17  Johnson   7  Tied   7  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
12/16/2014*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 3 Oakland W 101–64  11–0
 18  Johnson   8  Ashley   10  McConnell  McKale Center (14,405)
Tucson, AZ
12/19/2014*
9:00 PM, FS1
No. 3 at UTEP W 60–55  12–0
 17  Johnson   7  McConnell   8  McConnell  Don Haskins Center (12,000)
El Paso, TX
12/23/2014*
8:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 3 at UNLV L 67–71  12–1
 14  McConnell   13  Johnson   7  McConnell  Thomas & Mack Center (15,387)
Paradise, NV
Pac-12 regular season
01/04/2015
5:00 PM, FS1
No. 8 Arizona State
Rivalry
W 73–49  13–1
(1–0)
 13  Tied   8  Hollis-Jefferson   4  Hollis-Jefferson  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
01/08/2015
8:00 PM, P12N
No. 7 at Oregon W 80–62  14–1
(2–0)
 21  McConnell   10  Tarczewski   3  Tied  Matthew Knight Arena (8,829)
Eugene, OR
01/11/2015
8:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 at Oregon State L 56–58  14–2
(2–1)
 14  Hollis-Jefferson   6  Tied   6  McConnell  Gill Coliseum (6,191)
Corvallis, OR
01/15/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 Colorado W 68–54  15–2
(3–1)
 22  Johnson   11  Ashley   6  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
01/17/2015
5:00 PM, P12N
No. 10 No. 8 Utah W 69–51  16–2
(4–1)
 18  Johnson   10  Johnson   6  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
01/22/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 at Stanford W 89–82  17–2
(5–1)
 19  Johnson   7  Johnson   5  McConnell  Maples Pavilion (6,943)
Stanford, CA
01/24/2015
8:30 PM, P12N
No. 7 at California W 73–50  18–2
(6–1)
 18  Johnson   9  Johnson   6  McConnell  Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Berkeley, CA
01/28/2015
8:00 PM, P12N
No. 6 Oregon W 90–56  19–2
(7–1)
 16  York   7  Hollis-Jefferson   6  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
01/30/2015
6:00 PM, P12N
No. 6 Oregon State W 57–34  20–2
(8–1)
 12  Ashley   9  Johnson   6  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
02/07/2015
2:30 PM, FOX
No. 6 at Arizona State
Rivalry
L 78–81  20–3
(8–2)
 25  McConnell   9  Tarczewski   4  McConnell  Wells Fargo Arena (10,876)
Tempe, AZ
02/13/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 at Washington W 86–62  21–3
(9–2)
 20  Johnson   9  Hollis-Jefferson   10  McConnell  Alaska Airlines Arena (6,999)
Seattle, WA
02/15/2015
4:30 PM, FS1
No. 7 at Washington State W 86–59  22–3
(10–2)
 17  Tied   10  Hollis-Jefferson   8  McConnell  Beasley Coliseum (5,331)
Pullman, WA
02/19/2015
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 7 USC W 87–57  23–3
(11–2)
 15  Tarczewski   9  Tarczewski   7  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
02/21/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 UCLA
Rivalry; ESPN College GameDay
W 57–47  24–3
(12–2)
 13  York   10  Johnson   5  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
02/26/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 at Colorado W 82–54  25–3
(13–2)
 15  Johnson   8  Hollis-Jefferson   6  McConnell  Coors Events Center (11,120)
Boulder, CO
02/28/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 at No. 13 Utah W 63–57  26–3
(14–2)
 12  Tarczewski   11  Johnson   5  McConnell  Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,165)
Salt Lake City, UT
03/05/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 California W 99–60  27–3
(15–2)
 21  Ashley   8  Tarczewski   11  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
03/07/2015
2:00 PM, CBS
No. 5 Stanford W 91–69  28–3
(16–2)
 15  Ashley   9  Ashley   11  McConnell  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
Pac-12 Tournament
03/12/2015
1:00 PM, P12N
No. 5 vs. California
Quarterfinals
W 73–51  29–3
 19  Johnson   7  Tied   6  McConnell  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, NV
03/13/2015
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 5 vs. UCLA
Semifinals
W 70–64  30–3
 24  Ashley   12  Hollis-Jefferson   11  McConnell  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, NV
03/14/2015
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 vs. Oregon
Championship
W 80–52  31–3
 20  Ashley   9  Hollis-Jefferson   6  McConnell  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
03/19/2015*
12:10 PM, TNT
(2 W) No. 5 vs. (15 W) Texas Southern
Second round
W 93–72  32–3
 23  Hollis-Jefferson   10  Hollis-Jefferson   4  McConnell  Moda Center (13,616)
Portland, OR
03/21/2015*
3:15 PM, CBS
(2 W) No. 5 vs. (10 W) Ohio State
Third round
W 73–58  33–3
 19  Tied   10  Tied   6  McConnell  Moda Center (17,370)
Portland, OR
03/26/2015*
8:17 PM, TBS
(2 W) No. 5 vs. (6 W) Xavier
Sweet Sixteen
W 68–60  34–3
 17  McConnell   12  Tarczewski   5  McConnell  Staples Center (18,809)
Los Angeles, CA
03/28/2015*
4:09 PM, TBS
(2 W) No. 5 vs. (1 W) No. 3 Wisconsin
Elite Eight
L 78–85  34–4
 17  Tied   8  Hollis-Jefferson   5  McConnell  Staples Center (19,125)
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
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 Post Final
AP 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 8 7 10 7 6 6 7 7 7 5 5 5 N/A
Coaches 2 2 4 3 3 3 3 7 6 9 7 6 6 7 7 7 6 6 4 4

Player statisticsEdit

  • As of March 28, 2015[5]
Player GP GS MPG FGM-FGA 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brandon Ashley 38 38 27.8 166–323 12–36 121–172 5.2 0.6 0.6 0.6 12.2
Jacob Hazzard 17 0 1.6 1–10 0–6 0–0 0 0.05 0 0 0.1
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 38 25 28.7 138–275 6–29 145–205 6.8 1.5 1.1 0.8 11.2
Parker Jackson–Cartwright 34 0 9.6 34–75 9–23 22–34 1.4 1.8 0.3 0.0 2.9
Stanley Johnson 38 37 28.4 174–390 43–116 132–178 6.5 1.6 1.5 0.4 13.8
Matt Korcheck 21 1 3.7 10–14 0–0 6–6 0.8 0.1 0.05 0.3 1.2
Trey Mason 9 0 1.3 1–3 1–1 0–0 0.1 0 0 0 0.3
T. J. McConnell 38 38 30.5 156–313 25–78 58–70 3.8 6.3 2.2 0.07 10.4
Drew Mellon 12 0 1.9 0–7 0–3 0–0 0.3 0.2 0 0 0
Elliott Pitts 38 1 14.9 43–109 27–74 19–24 1.0 0.4 0.3 0.05 3.5
Dušan Ristić 36 0 8.6 48–78 4–5 21–41 2.1 0.05 0.05 0.2 3.4
Kaleb Tarczewski 38 37 26.0 123–215 0–0 107–153 5.2 0.3 0.4 0.6 9.3
Gabe York 37 13 23.1 107–243 66–165 60–74 2.1 1.2 0.6 0.3 9.2

AwardsEdit

Stanley Johnson
  • All-Freshman Team USBWA (2015)
  • District IX All-District Team USBWA (2015)
  • Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year (2015)
  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (2015)
  • Pac-12 Tournament All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2015)
  • 2014 Maui Invitational MVP, All-Tournament Team[6]
  • 2x Pac-12 Player of the Week (December 1, 2014, January 19, 2015)[7][8]
  • NCAA National Player of the Week (January 19, 2015)[9]
  • Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week (January 18, 2015)[10]
  • Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Year Award Finalist[11]
  • Julius Irving Small Forward of the Year Award Finalist[12]
  • Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year (2015)
  • Third-team USA Today All-American
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
  • NCAA Tournament West Regional All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • Pac-12 Tournament All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • 2014 Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team[6]
  • Pac-12 Player of the Week (February 16, 2015)
  • Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (2015)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2015)
T.J. McConnell
  • NCAA Tournament West Region All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • Pac-12 Tournament All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • District IX All-District Team USBWA (2015)
  • NCAA National Player of the Week (March 9, 2015)[13]
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2015)
  • Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (2015)
  • Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Finalist[14]
Brandon Ashley
  • Pac-12 Tournament MVP (2015)
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2015)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit