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Arizona Wildcats Sweet 17: #7 1993 vs. #10 1996

Welcome back to the Arizona Wildcats Sweet 17 tournament, where we take the 17 best basketball teams in school history and put them into a bracket (to fill the offseason, essentially).

Last week, in game #1, we looked at the play in game between Jason Terry’s 1999 team and this year’s 2013 team. The 1999 team advanced, as most people thought the Arizona Wildcats would have been better off with Terry’s leadership over Lyons’. They’ll face the unenviable task of taking on the 1988 team.

This week, we’re looking at the 7/10 matchup between the 1993 and 1996 teams. First, let’s look at the teams on paper:

#7 Arizona Wildcats 1993 vs. #10 Arizona Wildcats 1996

1993 Profile: 24-4 (17-1, 1st in Pac-10); NCAA Tournament #2 seed, lost to Santa Clara in Round of 64 64-61

Starters: Chris Mills (SR), Khalid Reeves (JR), Ed Stokes (SR), Damon Stoudamire (SO), Ray Owes (SO)

Key Bench: Joseph Blair (FR), Joe McLean (FR), Reggie Geary (FR)

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

1996 Profile: 26-7 (13-5, 2nd in Pac-10); NCAA Tournament #3 seed, lost to Kansas in Sweet 16 83-80

Starters: Ben Davis (SR), Miles Simon (SO), Corey Williams (SR), Reggie Geary (SR), Joseph Blair (SR)

Key Bench: Michael Dickerson (SO), Joe McLean (SR), Jason Terry (FR)

Steve Nash Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

I affectionately call 1993 “The Santa Clara Team”. Do we really remember it for anything other than that? Interestingly, it is one of only a handful of teams ever to go 17-1 in the Pac-10, and it had one of the best starting lineups in Arizona Wildcats history, including some massive talent off the bench.

On the other side, the 1996 team is the last team to lose in the tournament before we won the championship. All of those freshmen from the 1993 team were seniors, giving Arizona an extremely experienced starting lineup with major minutes from Simon, Dickerson, and Terry (and we knew what happened a year later). The Cats finished second in a brutal Pac-10, and they nearly knocked off Kansas in the Sweet 16.

So take a look, and vote for who you think would win if these two amazing Arizona Wildcats teams played each other! On Monday, we’ll post your results along with our own analysis, and you’ll find out who won!

Who would win in a game between the 1993 and 1996 teams?

  • #10 1996 (56%, 9 Votes)
  • #7 1993 (44%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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Topics: Arizona Wildcats

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