2010-2011 University of Arizona Basketball Season Reflection

Posted on March 30, 2011 by


Living in the wake of a stinging Elite 8 loss at the hands of UConn, most Arizona fans are still healing. But, if in September of 2010, you were to tell me that Arizona would have a 30 win season, be the Pac-10 regular season champions, make it to the Elite 8 and that Derrick Williams was the most efficient basketball player in the country and a consensus All-American, I would have been elated and skeptical of the statement’s possible validity.

This season was a “W” for the Arizona program. It is as simple as that.

In a rebuilding year, such as this one was deemed, a 20+ wins season would have been great. With an All-American like Derrick Williams, a solid supporting cast and a brilliant coach, the process was expedited a bit. A 30-8 record is something any school in the country would be happy to have, save Duke (but we beat their socks off, so nobody cares). I don’t care what team it is, 30 wins indicates one certainty, you are doing something RIGHT! So, keep it up Miller & Co. and you will have all the support and fanatics at every corner of our journey together.

Considering that the Wildcats got all the way to the Elite 8 and lost by two points to a team that was shooting extremely well behind the arc, while the ‘Cats had one of their worst games of the year, it sends a statement – The University of Arizona Wildcats Basketball Program Is Back!

There is no need to harp on the possibilities of that last shot for the win and a Final Four when we look at the entire season as a whole and where we have come in such a short amount of time. The success the Wildcats saw this year is not the result of a fluke occurrence, these sorts of magical season will be made commonplace sooner, rather than later un Tucson.

Bear Down Wildcats and show some love to the group of guys that defied the odds, all the doubts, and all the expectations.

– Commissioner Quillin