Arizona notes: Is Gonzaga best opponent of season?

SAN DIEGO -- Junior guard T.J. McConnell said Saturday that Gonzaga, Arizona's third-round opponent, may be the best team the Wildcats will have faced this year. Hyperbole, maybe, but right now, Gonzaga is the only thing that matter to Arizona. The Bulldogs have a crafty guard in David Stockton, a very good shooter in Kevin Pangos, a strong forward in Sam Dower and a 7-foot-1...
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Arizona's McConnell living the dream, hoping to keep it alive

SAN DIEGO -- When T.J. McConnell first stepped onto Lute & Bobbi Olson Court in McKale Center, he felt a sense of belonging, there was a vibe. Remember it was 2011, and he as a sophomore guard for Duquesne. "Yet I was kind of intimidated how big McKale was," he recalled Thursday. But not intimidated enough to feel like he didn't belong. At the end of that season...
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Arizona Wildcats Basketball: Pac-12 champions escape physical Beavers

Arizona Wildcats Basketball: Pac-12 champions escape physical Beavers Sean Miller called Oregon State the “most physical team we’ve played all season”. Even though the Wildcats are already regular season Pac-12 champions, Wednesday night’s game at Oregon State proved to be a true test for Arizona before entering the tournament. While Arizona ultimately endured the Beavers...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 2 Arizona gets past Oregon with big shots, big stops

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell hit two shots all night against Oregon -- one to start the second half and one in the final minute, a go-ahead 3-pointer that was his team's last basket of the game. Everything in between wasn't all that pretty, but for the Wildcats, the final score looked good enough. Arizona survived a major scare from visiting Oregon...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Basketball: CAL/Oregon game previews

Arizona could afford to shoot 36% from the field when they held Stanford scoreless for almost nine minutes in the second half. A three pointer by Nick Johnson with 51 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the game. After squeezing out a 60-57 win Wednesday night in Palo Alto, the Wildcats inner conference play looks to ramp up with upcoming games against CAL and Oregon...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Basketball: The Fish that saved Tucson

At 10 years old, Miller appeared in a cameo for “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” starring NBA great Julius Erving. Miller was briefly shown dribbling three basketballs at an open tryout for the Pittsburgh Pythons. The Pittsburgh Pythons clearly made a mistake when they passed up a 10-year-old Sean Miller, in the 1979 Cult Classic “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh”. At an imposing...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

McConnell steps into scorer's role as Arizona reaches 17-0

LOS ANGELES -- Probably the last lesson a pure point guard learns is that unselfishness includes taking the open shots. T.J. McConnell is getting there, and that just serves to make No. 1 Arizona all the more dangerous as it heads into the meat of the Pac-12 season and the NCAA tournament that is certain to follow. McConnell had his season-high 19 points and tied a career high with...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona thrives with old-school McConnell at point

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell might not have written the book on being a point guard, but he's read it and now lives it. Actually, being the son of a basketball coach, he's lived it for a long time. He realized long ago that it's not always about scoring points but assisting and instructing. It was dinner-table talk. He must have passed the potatoes...
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Overnight insight: Arizona basketball runs past Augustana

T.J. McConnell contributed three steals Monday night (Photo Credit: Arizona Athletics)   Arizona basketball unofficially opened their season monday night with an 84-52 exhibition victory over Augustana College. After looking sloppy in past years in early season exhibition contests, the Wildcats rode newcomer T.J. McConnell (12 pts, 8 ast, 3 stl, 0 TO) and returnees Nick  Johnson...
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October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

McConnell brings savvy, smarts to Point Guard U

TUCSON, Ariz. -- There were times on the McKale Center practice court last year when, according to chatter, the best player out there was the new kid from Duquesne, transfer T.J. McConnell. He was poised beyond his years and had as much basketball savvy and IQ as any player on the court, right there with then-senior Solomon Hill. He knew time and circumstance, typical traits of...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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