Derrick Williams danced in celebration. Senior Jamelle rejoiced with his family on Senior Night.
Everyone from Momo Jones to Dondre Wise ran up and down the student section handing out high fives and fist pounds.
Sean Miller cut down the final pieces of nylon and the Wildcats huddled together one last time in McKale Center as they celebrated their first Pacific 10 Conference championship since the 2004-05 after defeating Oregon 90-82.
First-year Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said it best when he proclaimed after the game, "What a great day to be an Arizona basketball fan."
McKale Center erupted and Arizona's special season finally came full circle, with the Wildcats putting the finishing touches on their first winless home record since the 1998-99 season.
Arizona didn't share the title or play a sloppy game and escape victorious. The Wildcats maintained control and did it the right way, winning the title outright.
Everyone said it after the Cal triple-overtime victory, and again following Washington whiteout win, but with the Pac-10 title cemented in Tucson it's finally safe to say -- Arizona basketball is officially back.
In front of a national CBS audience, the Wildcats captured the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, but more importantly showed the massive strides they've made in their second year under Miller.
Everyone knows the story of last season. The youthful Wildcats were painfully inconsistent all season long and were eventually bounced by UCLA in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
They held their breath on Selection Sunday, but missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a quarter century. Look at how far they've come. Only one year later this very same team -- for the most part -- huddled together and re-lived highlights of their special season on the jumbo-tron as the fans applauded their efforts.
No, defeating a sub-par Oregon team doesn't mean the Wildcats are going to go out and win the NCAA Tournament, or the Pac-10 Tournament for that matter. But it does signify a transformation process finally coming full circle.
Miller has the respect of his team and Arizona has become exactly that -- a team. Williams (14 points) didn't attempt a shot until there was 13:22 left in the first half, and it came off of an offensive rebound.
Instead, the sure lottery pick sat back and watched Kyle Fogg (20 points) drill his first three triples. He paved the way for Horne to get off a few early shots in his last game in McKale. Five players finished in double figures, and even Kyryl Natyazhko scored six points and grabbed four boards.
This win was about more than just sending off Horne with a victory, cutting down the nets or giving the Wildcats their 12th Pac-10 title. It's about Arizona basketball returning to prominence for years and years to come.
After the game Miller addressed the crowd by saying, "This isn't our first Pac-10 championship, and it isn't going to be the last either."
With the present and future of Arizona basketball back on track, there's no reason not to believe Mr. Miller.
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