Welcome back to the Arizona Wildcats Sweet 17 Tournament! We have completed half of the first round, and over the next few weeks, we’ll find out who moves on to the Elite 8. To recap, we have had no upsets, though the spacing is getting a little bit tighter. When we get to the Elite 8, we know that the national runner-up 2001 Arizona Wildcats will be facing the terrific 2003 Arizona Wildcats, felled just short of the Final Four. The winner of that game will take on either the 1998 Arizona Wildcats, great but broken by Rick Majerus, or the 1993 Arizona Wildcats, great but broken by Steve Nash. Let’s look at the bracket.
Now we’re ready for the first game of the upper half of the bracket (everyone knows that play-in games don’t count). The honor of going first falls to the 8/9 game between the 1994 Final Four Arizona Wildcats and the 2000 Arizona Wildcats, who were a solid #1 seed but didn’t make it out of the first round.
#8 1994 Arizona Wildcats vs. #9 2000 Arizona Wildcats
1994 Profile: 29-6 (13-5, 3rd in Pac-10); NCAA Tournament: #2 seed, lost to #1 Arkansas in Final Four
Starters: Khalid Reeves (SR), Damon Stoudamire (JR), Ray Owes (JR), Joseph Blair (SO), Reggie Geary (SO)
Key Bench: Dylan Rigdon (SR), Corey Williams (SO), Joe McLean (SO), Kevin Flannigan (SR)
2000 Profile: 27-7 (15-3, 1st in Pac-10); NCAA Tournament: #1 seed, lost to #8 Wisconsin in Round of 32
Starters: Jason Gardner (FR), Gilbert Arenas (FR), Michael Wright (SO), Loren Woods (JR), Luke Walton (FR)
Key Bench: Richard Jefferson (SO), Justin Wessel (JR), Rick Anderson (SO)
This is definitely one of the closest matches in the tournament. First, you have the 1994 team that made it to the Final Four on the backs of one of the best backcourts in school history in Khalid and Damon. On the other hand, we have the 2000 team, which very well could have made the Final Four if Loren Woods’ back had held up.
Vote below, and come back on Monday to find out who won!
Who would win in a game between the 1994 and 2000 teams?
- #9 2000 (56%, 10 Votes)
- #8 1994 (44%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 18