Centennial Moments: 90-81

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 history. In our second installment we take a look at moments 90-81

90. Comeback At Kansas: After trailing by as many as 20 points the Wildcats storm back to beat No. 6 Kansas 91-74 in Lawrence. Salim Stoudamire scores 28 second-half points to spark the Wildcats.

89. Cats Get Monkey Off Their Back: After two embarrassing first round upsets, the Wildcats beat Loyola (Md.) 81-55 in the first round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament. They advance to the second round for the first time since 1991.

88. Great Alaska Shootout: Arizona serves notice that it may be for real by winning the 1987 Great Alaska Shootout. The Cats beat Duquesne, Michigan and Syracuse in the event. Less than five months later they would be in the Final Four.

87. First Cats Drafted: In 1948, Mo Udall and Lincoln Richmond are the first Wildcats to be selected in a professional draft. No records of what round they were selected in, but the Denver Nuggets of the NBL nabbed Udall, while Richmond was a selection of the Ft. Wayne Pistons.

86. Cats Win 20 For First Time: The Wildcats beat UTEP 60-51 on February 19, 1943. As part of the Border Conference Tournament, it was their second win of the day and their 20th of the season. They'd finish the season 22-2.

85. Olson Wins First Game: The Lute Olson era begins with a win. The Cats beat NAU 72-65 to open the 1983-84 season.

84. Injury Leads To Great Things: Steve Kerr rips his ACL during the 1986 World Championships. What seems like a tough break is actually a blessing in disguise. Kerr is forced to redshirt, but is a fifth year senior on the 1988 Final Four team.

83. Say Hello To "Pop": After two years of dominating the state with Tucson High School, a letter writing campaign by his opponents convinces the UA to hire J.F. "Pop" McKale. McKale preferred football, but coached the basketball team for eight seasons. McKale also coached baseball and served as the school's athletic director.

82. No Respect: At the start of the 1995-96 season the Wildcats find themselves out of the AP poll. It is the first time since the 1987-88 season the Cats are not ranked. The Wildcats participate in the preseason NIT and win the event, beating Allen Iverson and the Georgetown Hoyas in the finals. Following the win the Cats are ranked 4th.

81. Cracking The Century Mark: On March 2, 1957 the Wildcats lose to ASU 104-103 in overtime. It is the first time a Wildcat team eclipses the 100-point mark. Three years later the Cats beat Cal State-Los Angeles 104-84, their first 100-point game in regulation.

MOMENTS 100-91

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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