McKale Center record 71-game winning streak: Reliving history with current 48-game run


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LONGEST McKALE WIN STREAKS

Streak Coach Years
71 Lute Olson 1988-91
48 Sean Miller 2013-present
38 Fred Snowden 1975-77
37 Lute Olson 1997-99
22 Sean Miller 2010-11

PRESENT 48-GAME WIN STREAK

2012-13 — 3 wins (Cal 2/10/13 last defeat)
2013-14 — 18 wins (Beat Oregon 67-65 for 18th victim)
2014-15 — 17 wins (Beat Gonzaga in OT for 26th victim)
2015-16 — 10 wins to date (Washington 48th victim)

VS. WASHINGTON STATE IN STREAK
2012-13 — Game 2 (2/23/13, Arizona 73-56)
2013-14 — Game 13 (1/2/14, Arizona 60-25)
2014-15 — Did not play at McKale

1987-92 71-GAME WIN STREAK

1987-88 — 19 wins (Duke sixth victim)
1988-89 — 14 wins (Pitt/Sean Miller 25th victim)
1989-90 — 14 wins (Beat Cal in OT for 38th victim)
1990-91 — 17 wins (Beat Duke in 2OT for 60th victim)
1991-92 — 7 wins (UCLA ends streak on 1/11/92)

AT THIS POINT (AND AHEAD) DURING 71-GAME WIN STREAK

No. 48: 11/14/90, 122-80 win over Austin Peay

Three newcomers to the program — Chris Mills (Kentucky transfer) and freshmen Khalid Reeves and Deron Johnson — had an impact on No. 3-ranked Arizona’s 1990-91 season opener. Mills led the Wildcats with 17 points, Reeves led in assists (nine) and Johnson, a Sunnyside grad, had a team-high seven rebounds to go with 16 points. The game, which featured 33 assists by Arizona, was a first-round matchup in the Preseason NIT.

Chris Mills led Arizona with 17 points in his first game with the Wildcats in 1990, a season-opening 122-80 win over Austin Peay, increasing the Wildcats’ McKale Center winning streak to 48 games.

Sean Rooks’ 17 second-half points fueled Arizona’s 88-79 win over East Tennessee State to increase its McKale Center winning streak to 49 games on Nov. 16, 1990.




Khalid Reeves’ first game with Arizona did not include a lot of scoring (seven points) but he had a team-high nine assists in the 1990-91 season-opening 122-80 win over Austin Peay, increasing the McKale Center win streak to 48 games.

ARIZONA 122, AUSTIN PEAY 80

AUSTIN PEAY (80)
Ware 5-17 5-9 15, DeVoe 0-7 0-0 0, Brown 8-14 11-15 27, Tivis 2-10 2-4 7, Franklin 3-9 0-0 7, Herman 4-10 0-0 11, Murphy 4-7 1-2 11, Boykin 0-1 0-0 0, Suiter 1-1 0-0 2, Baynham 0-0 0-0 0, Otter 0-0 0-0 0, Woodroffe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-77 19-30 80.
ARIZONA (122)
Mills 6-8 4-5 17, Rooks 3-4 3-6 9, Williams 5-7 5-5 15, Othick 1-3 0-0 2, Muehlebach 5-6 2-2 14, Womack 6-8 4-6 16, Stokes 3-7 4-6 10, Reeves 3-6 1-2 7, Schmidt 5-6 0-0 12, Johnson 7-13 2-2 16, Flanagan 2-2 0-2 4. Totals 46-70 25-36 122.

Halftime: Arizona 59, Austin Peay 31. 3-point goals: Austin Peay 7-24 (Herman 3-7, Murphy 2-3, Franklin 1-1, Tivis 1-7, Boykin 0-1, DeVoe 0-1, Ware 0-4), Arizona 5-9 (Schmidt 2-2, Muehlebach 2-3, Mills 1-2, Othick 0-1, Reeves 0-1). Fouled out: Stokes. Rebounds: Austin Peay 28 (Ware 10), Arizona 52 (Johnson 7). Assists: Austin Peay 12 (Ware, Brown, Franklin 2), Arizona 33 (Reeves 9). Total fouls: Austin Peay 24, Arizona 21. Attendance: 13,813.

No. 49: 11/16/90, 88-79 win over East Tennessee State

The Buccaneers made 12 of 26 three-point shots, but the third-ranked Wildcats, led by Sean Rooks’ 17 second-half points, took control late in the game. Arizona took the lead for good at 66-65 with 8:46 remaining when the 6-foot-11 Rooks, who finished with 21 points, made a short jumper. The Wildcats built their lead to 83-72 on a dunk by Brian Williams with 1:34 remaining, and took a 87-74 lead in the final minute on two free throws by Mills. Williams finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

ARIZONA 88, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 79

EAST TENNESSEE STATE (79)
Talford 5-10 0-0 12, Story 4-7 2-2 10, Dennis 6-17 2-5 15, Geer 1-12 0-0 3, Jennings 3-6 2-2 10, English 3-6 0-1 6, West 7-14 3-4 23, Pelphrey 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-1 0, Woods 0-0 0-0 0, Silvers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-72 9-14 79.
ARIZONA (88)
Williams 9-20 1-2 19, Mills 1-7 6-8 8, Rooks 9-11 3-5 21, Othick 3-7 1-2 9, Muehlebach 4-10 5-6 16, Womack 3-7 5-5 11, Reeves 0-0 0-1 0, Stokes 2-2 0-0 4, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-64 21-29 88.

Halftime: Arizona 40, E. Tennessee St. 36. 3-point goals: E. Tennessee St. 12-26 (West 6-9, Jennings 2-3, Talford 2-4, Dennis 1-3, Geer 1-7). Arizona 5-12 (Muehlebach 3-7, Othick 2-4, Mills 0-1). Fouled out: Jennings, Talford. Rebounds: E. Tennessee St. 35 (Talford, Story, Dennis, Geer 5), Arizona 52 (Williams 17). Assists: E. Tennessee St. 18 (Jennings 6), Arizona 24 (Othick, Muehlebach 8). Total fouls: E. Tennessee St. 22, Arizona 14. Attendance: 13,808.

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

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