The Arizona Wildcats Men’s Basketball Team from the Past Ten Years

Arizona Wildcats Men’s Basketball Team of the Last Decade
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Arizona’s men’s college basketball team has a notable track record with five Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eight berths since 2014, setting them apart from other teams.

Arizona has achieved six Pac-12 regular season titles and five conference tournament championships, solidifying their successful track record.

Choosing the all-decade team for the Wildcats is a difficult job because they have had a remarkable history of producing nine first-round draft picks between 2014 and 2023, including 2018’s top overall pick Deandre Ayton, along with four second-round selections.

Yengols.com utilized SportsReference.com to veer from our typical Arizona sports betting material in order to determine the Arizona men’s basketball team of the decade (2014-15 to 2023-24). The players chosen had to have been on the Wildcats roster during this time period, and were selected based on their Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares accumulated while playing for the team.

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Men’s basketball team of Arizona from 2014 to 2024.

PositionPlayerYears With Team During DecadeCombined PER & WS
GuardAllonzo Trier2015-201833.3
GuardBennedict Mathurin2020-202229.8
ForwardLauri Markkanen2016-201731.7
ForwardDeandre Ayton2017-201840.2
CenterOumar Ballo2021-202438.7

Arizona betting apps have listed Kansas and Duke as the top favorites to win the national championship next year, with odds of +1100.

Which Wildcats were named to the All-Decade Team?

The top five Wildcats in their positions, as determined by their combined PER and WS totals, were all highly esteemed players during their tenure in Tucson. This select group features Ayton, who secured the 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Karl Malone Award, along with Bennedict Mathurin, the 2022 Pac-12 Player of the Year.

The Wildcats’ All-Decade starting five lineup is now complete with the addition of 2017 Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Allonzo Trier, 2017 third-team All-American Lauri Markkanen, and talented post player Oumar Ballo.

Ballo has entered the transfer portal, making him the last of the original five players to leave Tucson. With Tommy Lloyd’s squad looking to end the program’s 24-year Final Four drought next April, keep an eye on Ballo’s new team odds.

Wildcats fans can rejoice as Arizona has secured the third spot in the nation for recruiting class, per 247 Sports. They are ranked below Duke and Kentucky but ahead of Rutgers. In more good news, BetMGM Arizona has given Arizona the sixth best odds to win the national title, tied at +2000.

Jerome Miron of USA Today captured the photo.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with more than seven years of experience reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona, is currently the lead writer for yengols.com. He has also contributed to ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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