Wildcats in the NBA

Terry standing on scorer’s table brings back fond memories with Arizona Wildcats 20 years ago


The first thought that entered the mind when seeing a jubilant Jason Terry after a highlight-reel alley oop pass to Milwaukee teammate Jabari Parker on Friday night:

Arizona over No. 1 ranked Kansas 85-82 in the 1997 Sweet 16 at Birmingham, Ala. The Wildcats pull off their greatest upset in program history. Terry corrals the last of a flurry of three failed 3-point attempts by the Jayhawks before the buzzer.

He runs to the scorer’s table, steps on top of it and celebrates with Bennett Davison and Miles Simon soon joining him.

First the jubilation from Friday:

And then the snapshot from the Sweet 16 win almost 20 years ago taken from a YouTube video (14:40 mark):

Terry’s 18-year NBA career is the longest of any Arizona player. He has played in 1,315 games at the highest level. His stats (scroll on the bottom):

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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