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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #9 Arizona Wildcats

Coming in at number 9 in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Rankings is the Arizona Wildcats. While the Wildcats have not won a national championship since 1997, they have had a lot recent success. Ever since Arizona hired Sean Miller as the head coach in 2009, the Wildcats have seen an uptick in tournament appearances and regular season wins. Not only has Miller been able to drastically improve Arizona’s winning percentage, he has also had a lot of success recruiting the top high school basketball players. Former top recruits and current NBA stars such as Deandre Ayton, Stanley Johnson, Lauri Markkanen, and Aaron Gordon have helped stabilize and improve an Arizona Basketball program on the rise. With a top-3 overall recruiting class (which includes top point guard Nico Mannion) for 2019, the Arizona Wildcats future looks very bright. Because of Arizona’s recent success and their massive fanbase, the Wildcats place 9th in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings.

Arizona Wildcat fans celebrating their team / Photo courtesy of zonazealots.com

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the

methodology):

Arizona Ranked:

Category Count NCAA Basketball Rank
Fan Clubs (FanWide) 5 21
National Championships (All time) 1 13
NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years) 13 16
Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years) 264 8
NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years) 6 4
Attendance (2018) 14,434 15
Coach Tenure (# of Years) 10 13
Aggregate Social Media Followers (Thousands) 505.9 9

 

FanWide’s Top 10:

10. Wisconsin Badgers

9. Arizona Wildcats

 

Fan Clubs: 5 (21st)

The Arizona Wildcats have a total of 5 fan clubs listed in FanWide’s database, the number 1 fan club network in the world. While this is a somewhat low number, as the Wildcats continue to find more success and gain more fans, their fans club ranking will inevitable improve. If you are interested in starting an Arizona Wildcats fan club, contact us at any time!

National Championships: 1 (13th)

The Arizona Wildcats only national championship came in 1997. While the Wildcats have made it to the Final Four 4 times throughout their rich history, the have only been able to win the championship once. The Arizona Wildcats are seen as legitimate contenders next year with strong 20 to 1 odds of winning the National Championship, 9th best among all NCAA teams.

Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 13 (16th)

Over the past 10 years, the Wildcats have won 13 NCAA tournament games. The Wildcats have reached the Big Dance seven times in the past ten years and have had made numerous tournament runs including three regional semifinal appearances.

Recent Regular Season Wins: 264 (8th)

The Wildcats have found lots of success over the past 10 years. They have won a whopping 264 games in a tough Pac 12 division. Because of this success, they consistently earn high seeds in March Madness tournament.

Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 6 (4th)

Because of Sean Miller’s excellent job recruiting high level high school players, Arizona has seen a number of their players selected in the lottery over the past 10 years. Former Wildcat stars such as Deandre Ayton (1st overall pick in 2018), Lauri Markkanen (7th overall pick in 2017), Stanley Johnson (8th overall pick in 2015), Aaron Gordon (4th overall pick in 2014), and Jordan Hill (9th overall pick in 2009) have been selected in the lottery in the NBA Draft in recent years.

Attendance in 2018: 14,434 (15th)

Regardless of what their record is or who they are playing, one thing is always certain: Arizona fans will bring energy and intensity to their home games. On average, 14,434 fans show up for home games at McKale Memorial Center.

Coach Tenure: 10 (13th)

After taking over in 2009, Sean Miller has done a terrific job of re-establishing the Wildcats as one of the most dangerous teams in all of college basketball. His excellent leadership and stellar recruiting efforts has lead to a sustainable formula for success. With Miller still at the helm, the future looks bright.

Aggregate Social Media Followers: 505.9 (9th)

The Wildcats have been able to successfully keep fans engaged across different social media platforms. They have 181k Facebook likes, 245k Twitter followers and 80k Instagram followers. Fans can use these different networks as a way to follow their favorite team during the regular season and the off season.

With two Top 10 finishes, the Wildcats were able to earn the #9th spot on FanWide’s Top 10 list!

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