This week’s game, the first game of the second round of the Arizona Wildcats Sweet 17 tournament, pitted the #7 seed 1993 team against the #10 seed 1996 team. One of the most interesting aspects of this matchup was the number of seniors on the 1996 team who were freshmen on the 1993 team. The other, of course, is that the season following each of these seasons resulted in a trip to the Final Four. In answering which team is better, one kind of has to decide which team didn’t arrive early enough.
Let’s break down the matchup and look at the fan’s vote first.
#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)
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)
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
Befitting a matchup of such evenly matched teams, you were split down the middle when you voted on which Arizona Wildcats team would advance in this matchup. This will certainly make the Zealots job even tougher. Let’s take a look at what the Zealots thought.