2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

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2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferencePac-12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 21
2012–13 record27–8 (12–6 Pac-12)
Head coachSean Miller
Assistant coachJames Whitford
Assistant coachJoe Pasternack
Assistant coachEmanuel Richardson
Home arenaMcKale Center
Seasons
2012–13 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#24 UCLA 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
#15 Oregon 12 6   .667     28 9   .757
#21 Arizona 12 6   .667     27 8   .771
California 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Colorado 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Arizona State 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Stanford 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Washington 9 9   .500     18 16   .529
USC 9 9   .500     14 18   .438
Utah 5 13   .278     15 18   .455
Oregon State 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Washington State 4 14   .222     13 19   .406
2013 Pac-12 Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Sean Miller and played home games at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona as members of the Pac-12 Conference.

Seeded 6th in the West Region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the team defeated (11) Belmont and (14) Harvard by a combined score of 40 points before losing 73–70 to (2) Ohio State in the Sweet Sixteen.[1]

After starting the season undefeated in non-conference play the team went 12–6 in conference and fell to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. The team's mid-season record of 14–0 was the second best start in program history since the 1931–32 team opened the season 16–0.[2]

Arizona entered the season ranked 11th in the Coaches and 12th in the AP preseason polls,[3] climbed to 3rd in both after going undefeated into January,[4] and then fell to 20th (Coaches) and 21st (AP) just prior to the start of the NCAA tournament.[5]

Before the season began Sean Miller and his staff recruited the nation's 3rd-ranked class of 2012[6] and brought in three well-regarded transfers,[7] among them starting point guard Mark Lyons, who led the team in scoring with 15.6 points-per-game, including 24.3 points-per-game in NCAA tournament play.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Recruiting Class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kaleb Tarczewski
C
Claremont, NH St. Mark's School 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Aug 22, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Grant Jerrett
PF
La Verne, CA La Verne Lutheran H.S. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 27, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Brandon Ashley
PF
Oakland, CA Findlay College Prep 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Aug 29, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Gabe York
SG
Orange, CA Orange Lutheran H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jul 10, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Jacob Hazzard
PG
Los Angeles, CA Loyola H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 15, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #3   Rivals: #3  ESPN: #3
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2012 Arizona Basketball Commits". Scout.com.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Mark Lyons 2 PG 6'1" 188 Senior Schenectady, New York Lyons left Xavier to play his senior year at Arizona. He was eligible to play immediately under the NCAA's graduate transfer rule.
T. J. McConnell 4 PG 6'1" 180 Junior Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania McConnell elected to transfer after his sophomore year at Duquesne and redshirted the 2012–13 season under NCAA transfer rules.
Matt Korcheck 31 PF 6'9" 220 Junior Tucson, Arizona A junior college transfer from Cochise College, Korcheck elected to redshirt the season and have two years eligibility starting in 2013–14.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Alex Jacobson 50 C 7'0" 253 Senior Santa Ana, California Graduated
Jesse Perry 33 SF 6'7" 217 Senior St. Louis, Missouri Graduated
Brendon Lavender 24 SG 6'5" 212 Senior Mesa, Arizona Graduated
Kyle Fogg 21 SG 6'3" 188 Senior Brea, California Graduated
Dondre Wise 0 PG 6'1" 220 Senior Houston, Texas Graduated
Kyryl Natyazhko 14 C 6'11" 275 Junior Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine Natyazhko announced his intention to turn professional in April, 2012. He played for Ukrainian club Azovmash Mariupol in 2012-2013.
Sidiki Johnson 1 PF 6'8" 235 Freshman Brooklyn, New York Suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules, Johnson transferred to Providence in December 2011.
Josiah Turner 11 PG 6'3" 192 Freshman Sacramento, California Suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules in March 2012, Turner transferred to SMU but withdrew to pursue a professional career.[8][9]

Roster[edit]

2012–13 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Gabe York 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Orange Lutheran H.S. Orange, California
G 2 Mark Lyons 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Brewster Academy/Xavier Schenectady, New York
G/F 3 Kevin Parrom 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr South Kent School Bronx, New York
G 4 T. J. McConnell Current redshirt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Chartiers Valley H.S./Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G 13 Nick Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Findlay Prep Gilbert, Arizona
G 20 Jordin Mayes 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Westchester H.S. Los Angeles, California
F 21 Brandon Ashley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Findlay Prep Oakland, California
F 30 Angelo Chol 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Hoover H.S. Khartoum, Sudan
F 31 Matt Korcheck Current redshirt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Sabino H.S./Cochise College Tucson, Arizona
F/C 33 Grant Jerrett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Lutheran H.S. La Verne, California
C 35 Kaleb Tarczewski 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr St. Mark's School Claremont, New Hampshire
F 44 Solomon Hill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Fairfax H.S. Los Angeles, California
G 50 Jacob Hazzard (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Loyola H.S. Los Angeles, California
G 51 Quinton Crawford (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Old Bridge H.S./Middlesex County Old Bridge, New Jersey
F 52 Max Wiepking (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Kent Denver School Englewood, Colorado
F 55 Drew Mellon (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Mater Dei H.S. Santa Ana, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kaleb Tarczewski Grant Jerrett
PF Brandon Ashley Angelo Chol Matt Korcheck
SF Solomon Hill Kevin Parrom Max Wiepking Drew Mellon
SG Nick Johnson Gabe York Quinton Crawford
PG Mark Lyons Jordin Mayes Jacob Hazzard TJ McConnell

Preseason[edit]

Summer Exhibition Tour[edit]

Practices began earlier than otherwise allowed by the NCAA in preparation for a six-day foreign tour to the Bahamas in August. (NCAA rules allow teams to conduct 10 practices in preparation for a foreign tour.) Although NCAA rules allow for foreign tours once every four years, the Bahamas tour was Arizona's first since 2006. It was the seventh in program history. The team won its games 136–66 and 99–57.[10]

Red-Blue Game[edit]

Arizona's annual pre-season Red-Blue scrimmage took place at McKale Center on October 21, selling out for the second-straight season.[11] A half-time ceremony celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the 1987-88 basketball team, the first in program history to reach the Final Four. The team's 35 victories remain the most in school history. Members of the team present included Tucson-native Sean Elliott, Arizona's all-time leading scorer, with 2,555 career points;[12] Steve Kerr, whose 57.8% three-point field-goal percentage in the 1987-88 season is the best in NCAA history (with a minimum of 100 shots made);[13] and Anthony Cook, who recorded a program-best 278 career blocked-shots.[12]

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
10/31/2012*
6:30 PM
No. 12 Humboldt State W 108–67 
McKale Center (12,431)
Tucson, AZ
11/06/2012*
6:30 PM
No. 12 Chico State W 98–60 
McKale Center (12,268)
Tucson, AZ
Non-conference regular season
11/11/2012*
4:00 PM, P12N
No. 12 Charleston Southern W 82–73  1–0
McKale Center (14,503)
Tucson, AZ
11/15/2012*
8:00 PM, FSN
No. 12 UTEP W 71–52  2–0
McKale Center (13,576)
Tucson, AZ
11/19/2012*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 10 Long Beach State W 94–72  3–0
McKale Center (13,382)
Tucson, AZ
11/28/2012*
8:00 PM, P12N
No. 9 Northern Arizona W 93–50  4–0
McKale Center (13,003)
Tucson, AZ
12/01/2012*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 9 at Texas Tech W 85–57  5–0
United Spirit Arena (10,782)
Lubbock, TX
12/04/2012*
7:30 PM, P12N
No. 8 Southern Miss W 63–55  6–0
McKale Center (13,419)
Tucson, AZ
12/08/2012*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 at Clemson W 66–54  7–0
Littlejohn Coliseum (8,509)
Clemson, SC
12/15/2012*
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 No. 5 Florida W 65–64  8–0
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
12/18/2012*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 4 Oral Roberts W 89–64  9–0
McKale Center (13,067)
Tucson, AZ
12/22/2012*
8:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 4 vs. East Tennessee State
Diamond Head Classic quarterfinals
W 73–53  10–0
Stan Sheriff Center (8,120)
Honolulu, HI
12/23/2012*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 vs. Miami (FL)
Diamond Head Classic semifinals
W 69–50  11–0
Stan Sheriff Center (6,564)
Honolulu, HI
12/25/2012*
8:15 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. No. 17 San Diego State
Diamond Head Classic championship
W 68–67  12–0
Stan Sheriff Center (6,514)
Honolulu, HI
Pac-12 regular season
01/03/2013
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Colorado W 92–83 OT 13–0 (1–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/05/2013
3:00 PM, P12N
No. 3 Utah W 60–57  14–0 (2–0)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
01/10/2013
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 at Oregon L 66–70  14–1 (2–1)
Matthew Knight Arena (9,544)
Eugene, OR
01/12/2013
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 4 at Oregon State W 80–70  15–1 (3–1)
Gill Coliseum (7,224)
Corvallis, OR
01/19/2013
12:30 PM, FSN
No. 7 at Arizona State W 71–54  16–1 (4–1)
Wells Fargo Arena (10,900)
Tempe, AZ
01/24/2013
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 UCLA L 73–84  16–2 (4–2)
McKale Center (14,617)
Tucson, AZ
01/26/2013
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 6 USC W 74–50  17–2 (5–2)
McKale Center (14,578)
Tucson, AZ
01/31/2013
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 at Washington W 57–53  18–2 (6–2)
Alaska Airlines Arena (8,535)
Seattle, WA
02/02/2013
8:00 PM, P12N
No. 8 at Washington State W 79–65  19–2 (7–2)
Beasley Coliseum (6,002)
Pullman, WA
02/06/2013
7:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 7 Stanford W 73–66  20–2 (8–2)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/10/2013
5:00 PM, P12N
No. 7 California L 69–77  20–3 (8–3)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/14/2013
8:00 PM, P12N
No. 9 at Colorado L 58–71  20–4 (8–4)
Coors Events Center (11,120)
Boulder, CO
02/17/2013
1:00 PM, P12N
No. 9 at Utah W 68–64  21–4 (9–4)
Huntsman Center (11,712)
Salt Lake City, UT
02/20/2013
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 Washington W 70–52  22–4 (10–4)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/23/2013
1:00 PM, FSN
No. 12 Washington State W 73–56  23–4 (11–4)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
02/27/2013
7:30 PM, P12N
No. 11 at USC L 78–89  23–5 (11–5)
Galen Center (4,207)
Los Angeles, CA
03/02/2013
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 at UCLA L 69–74  23–6 (11–6)
Pauley Pavilion (13,727)
Los Angeles, CA
03/09/2013
2:30 PM, FSN
No. 18 Arizona State W 73–58  24–6 (12–6)
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, AZ
Pac-12 Tournament
03/14/2013
2:30 PM, P12N
No. 18 (4) vs. (5) Colorado
Quarterfinals
W 79–69  25–6
MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,915)
Paradise, NV
03/15/2013
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 18 (4) vs. No. 21 (1) UCLA
Semifinals
L 64–66  25–7
MGM Grand Garden Arena (13,151)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
03/21/2013*
5:30 PM, TNT
No. 21 (6 W) vs. (11 W) Belmont
West Region 2nd Round
W 81–64  26–7
EnergySolutions Arena (14,345)
Salt Lake City, UT
03/23/2013*
3:10 PM, TNT
No. 21 (6 W) vs. (14 W) Harvard
West Region 3rd Round
W 74–51  27–7
EnergySolutions Arena (16,060)
Salt Lake City, UT
03/28/2013*
4:47 PM, TBS
No. 21 (6 W) vs. No. 7 (2 W) Ohio State
Sweet Sixteen
L 70–73  27–8
Staples Center (18,232)
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Standard Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is Seed with Region W=West.

Awards[edit]

Solomon Hill
Nick Johnson
  • Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Defensive Team[15]
Mark Lyons
Kaleb Tarczewski
  • Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team[15]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ¦¦ Increase in ranking. ¦¦ Decrease in ranking. ¦¦ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Post Final
AP 12 12 10 9 8 8 4 3 3 4 7 6 8 7 9 12 11 18 18 21 -
Coaches 11 12 10 9 8 8 5 3 3 3 7 6 8 7 9 12 11 18 18 20 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2012‐13 University of Arizona Basketball Season Stats" (PDF). The University of Arizona - Official Athletics Website. March 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Marshall, John (January 5, 2013). "No. 3 Arizona holds on for 60-57 win over Utah". Associated Press.
  3. ^ "2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Preseason (Nov. 5)". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 9 (Dec. 31)". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  5. ^ "2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Postseason (Mar. 18)". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (April 25, 2012). "UCLA leapfrogs Arizona in recruiting class rankings". Arizona Daily Star.
  7. ^ Morales, Javier (May 7, 2012). "Lyons' transfer to Arizona assures highly competitive practices with McConnell". Tucson Citizen.
  8. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (July 10, 2012). "Ex-Arizona guard Josiah Turner turns pro rather than transferring to SMU". The Dagger. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Maxey, Wendell (September 22, 2012). "Josiah Turner Granted Release In Hungary, Replaced By Brandon Wood". Ridiculous Upside. SB Nation. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  10. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (August 12, 2012). "Bahamas game secondary in value for Wildcats". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Marshall, John (October 21, 2012). "Wildcats impressive at annual scrimmage". Associated Press.
  12. ^ a b "2012-13 Arizona Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Arizona Intercollegiate Athletics. 2012. p. 52. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "2011-12 NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Pascoe, Bruce (December 25, 2012). "UA Wildcats beat San Diego State 68-67 for Diamond Head Classic title". Arizona Daily Star.
  15. ^ a b c d Gimino, Anthony (March 11, 2013). "Arizona's Hill, Lyons earn first-team All-Pac-12 mention". Tucson Citizen.
  16. ^ a b "USBWA Names 2012-13 Men's All-District Teams". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 12, 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Hill, Lyons Earn NABC All-District Honors". The University of Arizona - Official Athletics Website. March 26, 2013.
  18. ^ Gimino, Anthony (January 21, 2013). "Arizona Wildcats finally get a Pac-12 Player of the Week winner". Tucson Citizen.

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