Records watch/Twitter reactions: Arizona Wildcats over Gonzaga

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ARIZONA FRESHMAN REBOUND RECORD

Rank Player Season Rebs
1 Aaron Gordon 2013-14 279
2 Bob Elliott 1973-74 278
3 Al Fleming 1972-73 257
4 Michael Wright 1998-99 254
5 Derrick Williams 2009-10 219
6 Channing Frye 2001-02 214
7 Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-13 212
8 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 2013-14 205
9 Brandon Ashley 2012-13 186
10 Chase Budinger 2006-07 179

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson getting some praise from fellow Chester, Pa., product Tyreke Evans.

NICK JOHNSON CAREER POINTS RANKING

Rank Player Years Points
20 Solomon Hill 2010-13 1430
21 Joe Nehls 1978-80 1409
22 Ernie McCray 1958-60 1349
23 Kyle Fogg 2009-12 1341
24 Frank Smith 1980-83 1329
25 Mustafa Shakur 2004-07 1318
26 Nick Johnson 2011-14 1302
26 Ivan Radenovic 2004-07 1300
27 Nic Wise 2007-10 1285

No Arizona freshman in the history of the program has pulled down as many rebounds as Aaron Gordon has this season.

Derrick Williams knows what it’s like to excel in the Sweet 16 at Anaheim. Remember?

A lucrative postseason for Sean Miller, who couldn’t care less about the financial gains. All he wants is the hardware.

And Mark Few has been around for 15 years.


TOP TEN ARIZONA REBOUNDING TEAMS

Margin Team Avg Opp Games
19.3 1950-51 59.5 40.2 30
9.7 1976-77 46.7 37.0 27
8.9 1992-93 43.1 34.2 28
8.3 1975-76 47.2 38.9 33
8.1 1998-99 41.7 33.6 29
7.7 2013-14 38.4 30.7 36
7.3 1991-92 40.3 33.0 31
7.2 1974-75 46.7 39.5 29
6.8 1977-78 44.0 37.2 26
6.6 2000-01 39.8 33.2 36

No mistaking Sean Miller from Archie Miller for those who actually cover each program.

ARIZONA NCAA TOURNAMENT BLOCKED SHOTS

Rank Opponent Date No.
No. 1 Weber State 3/21/14 12
No. 2 UTEP 3/13/87 11
No. 3 Eastern Illinois 3/16/01 9
Illinois 3/25/01 9
No. 5 Gonzaga 3/23/14 8
St. Francis (Pa.) 3/14/91 8
North Carolina 3/29/97 8
Maryland 3/19/98 8
Jackson State 3/16/00 8
Illinois 3/26/05 8

ARIZONA NCAA TOURNAMENT STEALS

Rank Opponent Date No.
No. 1 Gonzaga 3/23/14 15
No. 2 Nicholls State 3/12/98 14
No. 3 Utah 3/20/09 13
No. 4 Iowa 12
Illinois State 3/14/98 12
Kansas 3/21/97 12
Michigan State 3/31/01 12
Notre Dame 3/27/03 12
No. 9 Jackson State 3/16/00 11
Eastern Illinois 3/16/01 11
Illinois 3/26/05 11

Super Bowl veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in attendance and he came away impressed.

More notable praise from well-known sources.

To the point but symbolic from an Arizona player who took part in the classic double-overtime game against Gonzaga 11 years ago.

Another former player who knows what it’s like to experience the Sweet 16.

Solidarity among the coaching ranks at Arizona.

Just like Rich Rod likes it on the football field.

One of Arizona’s eight blocked shots against Gonzaga. The Wildcats have 20 in two NCAA tournament games. They average only 4.6 a game this season. Turning up the heat at the right time.

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.



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