1996–97 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

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1996–97 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 15
1996–97 record25–9 (11–7 Pac-10)
Head coachLute Olson
Assistant coachJessie Evans
Assistant coachPhil Johnson
Assistant coachJim Rosborough
CaptainMichael Dickerson
Miles Simon
Home arenaMcKale Center
Seasons
1996–97 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 UCLA 15 3   .833     24 8   .750
#21 Stanford 12 6   .667     22 8   .733
California 12 6   .667     23 9   .719
USC 12 6   .667     17 11   .607
#15 Arizona 11 7   .611     25 9   .735
Washington 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
Oregon 8 10   .444     17 11   .607
Washington State 5 13   .278     13 17   .433
Oregon State 3 15   .167     7 20   .259
Arizona State 2 16   .111     10 20   .333
As of November 23, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996–97 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona. The head coach was Lute Olson. The team played its home games in the McKale Center, and was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference.

After going 11–7 in conference play the team was seeded fourth in the Southeast Region of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. They went on to win the national championship, the first in program history, defeating three top-seeded teams in the process.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Hometown
John Ash 15 G 5'11" Fr. Tucson, AZ
Mike Bibby 10 G 6'1" Fr. Phoenix, AZ
A. J. Bramlett 42 F 6'11" So. Albuquerque, NM
Bennett Davison 21 F 6'8" Jr. Sebastopol, CA
Michael Dickerson 23 F 6'5" Jr. Seattle, WA
Eugene Edgerson 33 F 6'6" Fr. New Orleans, LA
Donnell Harris 13 F 6'11" So. Salinas, CA
Jason Lee 40 G 6'4" Sr. Irvine, CA
Josh Pastner 12 G 6'0" Fr. Kingwood, TX
Miles Simon 34 G 6'5" Jr. Fullerton, CA
Jason Stewart 52 G 5'11" So. Gardena, CA
Quynn Tebbs 24 G 6'1" Fr. Salt Lake City, UT
Jason Terry 31 G 6'2" So. Seattle, WA
Justin Wessel 30 F 6'8" Jr. Iowa City, IA

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
Nov. 22, 1996*
No. 19 vs. North Carolina
Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic
W 83–72  1–0
Springfield Civic Center 
Springfield, MA
Nov. 26, 1996*
No. 11 Northern Arizona W 88–70  2–0
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Nov. 30, 1996*
No. 11 at New Mexico L 77–84  2–1
The Pit 
Albuquerque, NM
Dec. 7, 1996*
No. 15 vs. Utah
John Wooden Classic
W 69–61  3–1
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 
Anaheim, CA
Dec. 9, 1996*
No. 15 Texas W 83–78  4–1
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Dec. 14, 1996*
No. 8 Jackson State W 111–83  5–1
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Dec. 21, 1996*
No. 6 at Michigan L 71–73 OT 5–2
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 28, 1996*
No. 9 Robert Morris
Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic
W 118–54  6–2
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Dec. 30, 1996*
No. 9 Penn
Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic
W 93–51  7–2
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Jan. 2, 1997
No. 9 California W 81–80  8–2
(1–0)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Jan. 4, 1997
No. 9 Stanford W 76–75  9–2
(2–0)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Jan. 11, 1997
No. 7 at Arizona State
Rivalry
W 92–84  10–2
(3–0)
Wells Fargo Arena 
Tempe, AZ
Jan. 16, 1997
No. 6 at USC L 62–75  10–3
(3–1)
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 18, 1997
No. 6 at UCLA
Rivalry
L 78–84 OT 10–4
(3–2)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 23, 1997
No. 11 Oregon State W 99–48  11–4
(4–2)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Jan. 25, 1997
No. 11 Oregon W 88–68  12–4
(5–2)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Jan. 30, 1997
No. 10 at Washington State W 87–78  13–4
(6–2)
Beasley Coliseum 
Pullman, WA
Feb. 2, 1997
No. 10 at Washington L 88–92  13–5
(6–3)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion 
Seattle, WA
Feb. 5, 1997
No. 14 Arizona State
Rivalry
W 87–71  14–5
(7–3)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Feb. 9, 1997*
No. 14 vs. Tulane
7-Up Shootout
W 81–62  15–5
Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 13, 1997
No. 11 UCLA
Rivalry
L 64–66  15–6
(7–4)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Feb. 15, 1997
No. 11 USC W 101–77  16–6
(8–4)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Feb. 20, 1997
No. 13 at Oregon L 72–78  16–7
(8–5)
McArthur Court 
Eugene, OR
Feb. 22, 1997
No. 13 at Oregon State W 74–64  17–7
(9–5)
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR
Feb. 27, 1997
No. 15 Washington State W 100–86  18–7
(10–5)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Mar. 2, 1997
No. 15 Washington W 103–82  19–7
(11–5)
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Mar. 6, 1997
No. 12 at Stanford L 80–81  19–8
(11–6)
Maples Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
Mar. 8, 1997
No. 12 at California L 77–79  19–9
(11–7)
Cow Palace1 
Daly City, CA
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 13, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (13 SE) South Alabama
First round
W 65–57  20–9
Pyramid Arena 
Memphis, TN
Mar. 15, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (12 SE) College of Charleston
Second round
W 73–69  21–9
Pyramid Arena 
Memphis, TN
Mar. 21, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (1 SE) Kansas
Sweet Sixteen
W 85–82  22–9
BJCC Arena 
Birmingham, AL
Mar. 23, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (10 SE) Providence
Elite Eight
W 96–92 OT 23–9
BJCC Arena 
Birmingham, AL
Mar. 29, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (1 E) North Carolina
Final Four
W 66–58  24–9
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 31, 1997*
(4 SE) No. 15 vs. (1 W) Kentucky
National Championship
W 84–79 OT 25–9
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. SE=Southeast.

1Game played here since Haas Pavilion was being renovated.

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Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA Tournament, Champions

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1998 1 2 Mike Bibby Vancouver Grizzlies
1998 1 14 Michael Dickerson Houston Rockets
1998 2 42 Miles Simon Orlando Magic
1999 1 10 Jason Terry Atlanta Hawks
1999 2 39 A. J. Bramlett Cleveland Cavaliers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pacific 10 conference 1996–97 standings". Retrieved November 21, 2007.
  2. ^ 2014-15 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team. Retrieved 2015-Apr-12.
  3. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Apr-12.