D’Angelo Russell Could be Last Piece in Sixers Rebuild

PORTLAND, OR – MARCH 21: D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives against T.J. McConnell #4 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Mandatory credit: Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images D’Angelo Russell wasn’t expecting to be a top...
Via The Sports Journal
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Spurs worked out Virginia’s Anderson

After recently working out T.J. McConnell from Arizona, the San Antonio Spurs reportedly also worked out Virginia’s Justin Anderson,
Via Project Spurs
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Making the Case For T.J. McConnell

The top tier of the NBA Draft features a wide variety of 19-year-olds oozing with upside and potential to become a future All-Star. But when looking towards the second round, it can be tough to project which players will become NBA contributors. While upside and athleticism may rise as the draft nears, basketball IQ and toughness may get overlooked in the process. As a player that...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Spurs worked out Arizona’s McConnell

As the 2015 NBA Draft is now less than a month away, the San Antonio Spurs and other NBA teams have continued to evaluate and work-out potential draft prospects, as the latest name to work out for San Antonio, is Arizona’s T.J. McConnell. This,
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona PG T.J. McConnell Told His Team “I’m Sorry” As He Exited Floor With Teary Eyes After Loss To Wisconsin

The heartbreak experienced by the 67 teams whose seasons will eventually come to an end during the NCAA Tournament is part of what makes the event so captivating.  Everyone watching tonight’s Wisconsin-Arizona Elite Eight game witnessed said heartbreak in its highest form.  As Wildcats’ senior point guard T.J. McConnell exited the floor at Staples Center in Los Angeles, there...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Fanta Report: Arizona and Wisconsin Were Tested; Kentucky Keeps Rolling

Pat Connaughton is the Key Player For Notre Dame vs. Kentucky/usatoday.comby John Fanta@John_FantaThe most interesting game on Sweet 16 Thursday was the last one to tip off. While the West Regional Semifinal contest between 2-seed Arizona and 6-seed Xavier did not look like much on paper, the Musketeers gave the Wildcats everything they could handle and more. With just over seven...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona outlasts Xavier to reach region final

T.J. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday night.
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Terribly Awesome Basketball Card: Sean Miller

This Sean Miller basketball card has all the hallmarks of 1990s white guy basketball high fashion. Let’s start from top to bottom with Miller’s non-descript haircut and clean-shaven face, lest anyone think he is a scruffy hooligan. He wears a baggy t-shirt under his jersey, because clearly, he doesn’t want to intimidate anyone by exposing those guns. The jersey itself even...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Wildcats Get Sweet Revenge Over Ohio State Buckeyes

T.J. McConnell #4 of the Arizona Wildcats vies for a loose ball with D’Angelo Russell #0 and Shannon Scott #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Arizona fans can forget about the heartbreaking loss from two years ago, after the No. 2 seeded Wildcats knocked out...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Wildcats Shut Down Ohio State and D’Angelo Russell

D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes goes up between T.J. McConnell #4 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #23 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) “Zero people can guard me,” Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell playfully told reporters when asked why...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

D’Angelo Russell Is Still Saying “Nobody” Is The Best Defender He’s Faced All Year After Poor Performance vs. Arizona

Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year.  “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied.  The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona advances to Sweet 16 with 73-58 win over Ohio State

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, T.J. McConnell also scored 19 points and second-seeded Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year with a 73-58 victory over 10th-seeded Ohio State on Saturday. The Wildcats (33-3) overcame a sluggish start until their outside shooting busted the Buckeyes' zone defense, which they rarely...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Pac-12 Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

The 2015 Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament is set to begin this Wednesday, March 10 and conclude on Saturday, March 14. It will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s the bracket, along with the times for each game. Ticket information is available here. (@Pac12Networks) Pac-12 Tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN and Pac-12 Networks.  Favorite...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 5 Wildcats cruise to 91-69 win over Stanford in finale

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) T.J. McConnell had 10 points and 11 assists in his final home game, helping No. 5 Arizona close out the regular season with a 91-69 victory over Stanford on Saturday. Arizona (28-3, 16-2 Pac-12) led by 16 points at halftime despite McConnell being in foul trouble and fought through a chippy second half to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 38 games...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 5 Arizona routs Cal for sole possession of Pac-12 title

  Brandon Ashley matched his career high with 21 points, T.J. McConnell tied his career best with 11 assists and No. 5 Arizona made certain it would finish alone atop the Pac-12 in the regular season for the second year in a row with a 99-60 rout of California on Thursday night. The Wildcats (27-3, 15-2) already had clinched at least a tie for the conference title and the No. 1...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ashley, McConnell lead No. 5 Arizona to 99-60 rout of Cal

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Ashley matched his career high with 21 points, T.J. McConnell tied his career best with 11 assists and No. 5 Arizona made certain it would finish alone atop the Pac-12 in the regular season with a 99-60 rout of California on Thursday night. The Wildcats (27-3, 15-2) already had clinched at least a tie for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in next...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: T.J. McConnell Wearing High “CATS” Socks As Tribute To Arizona Great Jason Terry

This NBA All-Star Break has been very fruitful for long-time pro Jason Terry. The Arizona Wildcats great received his degree from his alma mater on Monday, and tonight, Terry’s jersey is being retired at the McKale Center. Arizona guard T.J. McConnell is paying his own tribute to Terry, by rocking his signature high socks. In honor of @jasonterry31, @iPass4Zona is rocking the...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Basketball: T.J. McConnell Pac-12 POY?

The Arizona basketball program has had a revolving door at the point guard position since their Elite Eight run in 2011. Enter T.J. McConnell, who came into last season as a relative unknown to many Arizona fans after transferring from Duquesne in 2012. After being forced sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, Arizona fans hoped McConnell would stabilize the point guard position...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

McConnell restores Arizona's Point Guard U. tradition

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Terry will be in town Thursday, and he is unquestionably one of the best players in Arizona history, plus he's the Wildcat with the most prolific NBA career. It will be his moment at halftime of the game against USC, as the athletic department retires his jersey in a ceremony that is sure to evoke the joy with which he played the game and perhaps see a return...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona's York gains valuable experience at point guard

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gabe York's near three-week apprenticeship as Arizona's backup point guard might be coming to an end. But he's better for it. The junior shooting guard said the experience has been "different." For sure, it's been useful. He has backed up T.J. McConnell for the past four games while freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright recovered from a concussion suffered Jan. 28....
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona's McConnell again plays like Pac-12's POY

TUCSON, Ariz. -- With Arizona winning big in what turned out to be a 57-34 victory, Oregon State and its coach Wayne Tinkle spoke briefly to the Wildcats' T. J. McConnell in front of Oregon State's bench after McConnell forced one of the Beaver's 17 turnovers. McConnell nodded and then smiled. "He just said I was a tough player and he mumbled something I couldn't hear so I just kind...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State; Ashley leads way with 12

  Brandon Ashley scored 12 points and T.J. McConnell had a career-high eight steals to spark No. 6 Arizona's smothering defense, lifting the Wildcats to a 57-34 victory over Oregon State on Friday night. Arizona (20-2, 8-1) held Oregon, the Pac-12's top-scoring team, to 56 points on Wednesday and was even better against the methodical Beavers. The Wildcats limited Oregon State to...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona guard T.J. McConnell: 'I'm just here so I don't get fined'

After the No. 6-ranked Arizona Wildcats wrecked the Oregon Ducks 90-56 in Tuscon on Wednesday night, senior guard T.J. McConnell decided to spice up the postgame news conference with a line from another show in town. Watch as McConnell drops Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's Super Bowl XLIX Media Day comment: McConnell scored 10 points on perfect 5-5 shooting and added five...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Vine: Arizona Guard T.J. McConnell Channels His Inner Marshawn Lynch In Post-Game Presser

Arizona registered an impressive 90-56 blowout victory over Oregon last night to move to 19-2 on the season. Afterwards, Wildcats point guard T.J. McConnell decided to have some fun at the podium in the post-game press conference.  Before reporters could ask any questions, McConnell dropped his best Marshawn Lynch impression, drawing a round of laughs from those in the room. ...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Intense McConnell makes his case as Arizona's Mr. Indispensable

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller has signed 11 top 50 recruits in the past four years. They can all take a backseat to the unassuming transfer point guard from Duquesne. Arizona coach Sean Miller, after senior T.J. McConnell had a brilliant first half to kick-start a 69-51 rollover against eighth-ranked Utah on Saturday, said he could make the case that "no player...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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