Arizona Wildcats Sweet 17: #6 2003 vs. #11 1991

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 #2, we looked at the first second-round game between the 1993 “Santa Clara” team and the 1996 senior-laden team (with all of the 1993 freshmen). The 1993 team advanced, just barely, thanks to a timely Joseph Blair suspension.

This week, we’re looking at a fun #6 vs. #11 matchup between the 2003 Arizona Wildcats Elite Eight team and the 1991 Arizona Wildcats Sweet 16 team. Let’s take a look at the lineups:

#6 2003 vs. #11 1991

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2003 Profile: 28-4 (17-1, 1st in Pac-10, lost Pac-10 tournament quarterfinal); NCAA Tournament #1 seed, lost to #2 Kansas in Elite 8 78-75

Starters: Jason Gardner (SR), Channing Frye (SO), Rick Anderson (SR), Salim Stoudamire (SO), Luke Walton (SR)

Key Bench: Andre Iguodala (FR); Hassan Adams (FR); Isaiah Fox (SO); Dennis Latimore (SO)


1991 Profile: 28-7 (14-4, 1st in Pac-10); NCAA Tournament #2 seed, lost to #3 Seton Hall in Sweet 16 81-77

Starters: Chris Mills (SO), Brian Williams (SR), Sean Rooks (JR), Matt Muehlebach (SR), Matt Othic (JR)

Key Bench: Khalid Reeves (FR), Wayne Womack (JR), Ed Stokes (SO)


The 2003 Arizona Wildcats had, simply, a ridiculous roster of insane talent. The three seniors and the two sophomores might rival any Arizona lineup, and Iguodala and Adams provided massive bench help.

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As for 1991, that Arizona team was younger, but quite balanced. It also has a lot of physical advantages, especially in the starting lineup (height, weight), that we don’t see in the 2003 team.

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 2003 and 1991 teams?

  • #11 1991 (15%, 2 Votes)
  • #6 2003 (85%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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