Centennial Moments: 100-91

The 100th season of Arizona basketball may have ended on a sour note, but the history of the program is a storied one. We honor 100 years of Wildcat hoops by taking a look at some of the best moments in the program's hostory.

100. Arizona Basketball Begins: In 1897 "organized" pick-up games start on the Arizona campus. The first game was a 3-1win over a team described as being made up of "shirts and skins".

99. Arizona Basketball Begins for Real: The Cats play their first game in 1904 and beat the Morenci YMCA 40-32. They finish the season 1-0-1.

98. Eddie Shannon commits to Florida: After initially verballing to Arizona, point guard Eddie Shannon backtracks and opts for Florida instead. The Wildcats scramble and manage to pry a point guard away from Washington. That player? Jason Terry.

97. First Game At Bear Down Gym: Arizona plays for the first time at Bear Down Gym on January 7, 1927. The Wildcat varsity defeats the freshman team 33-20. They topple ASU 29-18 in the first intercollegiate game 14 days later.

96. Cats Win Lone Pac-10 Game For Lindsey: Arizona beats Washington State 74-73, giving Ben Lindsey his first and only Pac-10 win. The 5,711 fans on hand mark the lowest attendance in McKale Center history.

95. Cats Play First Intercollegiate Game: On December 13, 1913 the Wildcats play their first recorded game against another college. The Wildcats beat ASU 41-17.

94. First Overtime Game: On January 15, 1927 the Wildcats play their first overtime game, losing to USC 26-21.

93. First MVP: Leo Johnson is named the team's first Most Valuable Player after the 1950-51 season.

92. First Star Player: Harold Torvea is the first star player for the Wildcats. In the 1922-23 season Torvea scored 316 of the Wildcats' 679 points.

91. Last Game At Bear Down Gym: The Wildcats say goodbye to Bear Down Gym with a 79-77 win over UC-Santa Barbara. The Gym closes its doors on January 19, 1973 after 66 years and 405 wins.

This list originally ran in Cat Tracks Magazine. Cat Tracks is the only publication devoted to University of Arizona athletics. For more information call (520) 327-0705 or e-mail: cattracks@cattracks.net.

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