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Arizona Wildcats conference championship rosters and data

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Note: Player in red team’s leading scorer

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The Arizona Wildcats have claimed or shared 26 conference championships in their 110-year men’s basketball history. In 84 seasons as a member of a conference since joining the Border Conference prior to the 1930-31 season, Arizona has won a league crown an average of once every 3.2 years. The Wildcats’ 13 conference championships, including this year’s title, since joining the Pac-12 in 1978-79 are the most in the league. Here is some of the data of the 26 title teams (factoring players who lettered at Arizona according to the media relations department):

Matt Muehlebach is one of only three Wildcat letterwinners to win four conference titles

Matt Muehlebach is one of only three Wildcat letterwinners to win four conference titles

Total number of conference champion players: 232.

Multiple champions: 70 (including Jordin Mayes this season and in 2010-11).

Most conference titles: 4, Hillard Crum (1945-46, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49); Lincoln Richmond (1945-46, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49); and Matt Muehlebach (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91).

Three-time champs: 20 (last Khalid Reeves and Kevin Flanagan, 1990-91, 1992-93 and 1993-94). The others: Thomas Ballantyne (1942-43, 1945-46 and 1946-47); Marvin Borodkin (1942-43, 1945-46 and 1946-47); George Genung (1942-43, 1945-46 and 1946-47); Fred Enke Jr. (1945-46, 1946-47 and 1947-48); John Padelford (1942-43, 1946-47 and 1947-48); Joe Cherry (1946-47, 1947-48 and 1948-49); William Mann (1946-47, 1947-48 and 1948-49); Tony Morales (1946-47, 1947-48 and 1949-50); Leo Johnson (1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51); Roger Johnson (1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51); Robert Honea (1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51); Anthony Cook (1985-86, 1987-88 and 1988-89); Sean Elliott (1985-86, 1987-88 and 1988-89); Kenny Lofton (1985-86, 1987-88 and 1988-89); Matt Othick (1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91); Sean Rooks (1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91); Wayne Womack (1988-89, 1989-90 and 1990-91); and Ed Stokes (1989-90, 1990-91 and 1992-93).

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Longest span winning a title: Five years (1943 to 1948), Padelford. He was part of 1942-43 title team, served in World War II, and won a title in 1946-47 and 1947-48 upon his return.

Conference titles by coach: Fred A. Enke 12 (Border Conference); Lute Olson 11 (Pac-10); Sean Miller 2 (Pac-10/Pac-12); and Fred Snowden 1 (WAC).

Most consecutively: Enke 6 (1945-46 to 1950-51) and Olson 4 (1987-88 to 1990-91).

Only Arizona coach to play for a conference champion: Bruce Larson, head coach from 1961-72, lettered with the Wildcats when they won the Border Conference in 1948-49 and 1949-50.

Best conference records: 17-1, five times in Pac-10 (1987-88, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1997-98 and 2002-03).

Hard Luck 5, highest career scorers without a conference title: No. 11 Chase Budinger, 1,697 points from 2006-09; No. 17 Bill Warner, 1,462 from 1969-71; No. 21 Joe Nehls, 1,409 from 1976-80; No. 22 Ernie McCray, 1,349 from 1958-60; and No. 24 Frank Smith, 1,329 from 1980-83.

Longest drought without a conference title: 21 years, from 1953-54 to 1974-75 (Arizona was an independent in 1961-62 transitioning from the Border Conference to the WAC).

Championship anniversaries: 20 years, 1993-94 (Pac-10); 25 years, 1988-89 (Pac-10); 65 years, 1948-49 (Border).

Best turnaround from previous season to win title: 1942-43, won Border Conference behind Genung, the team captain, with a 16-2 conference record after finishing sixth the previous season with a 6-10 record.

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PAC-10/12 TITLES SINCE ARIZONA/ASU JOINED LEAGUE IN 1978-79 SEASON
Number in parenthesis is amount of shared titles. Records from Pac-12 media guide.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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