John McCain's opinion notwithstanding, we'll still argue that the
state's greatest moment was the University of Arizona's 1997 NCAA
men's basketball title. No team from the state had ever won a
championship of such magnitude until Mike Bibby, Miles Simon &
Co. defeated Kentucky 84-79 in an overtime game that was both
thrilling and--for Tucson's Wildcats--historic.
COLOR PHOTO: ADREES LATIF/REUTERS (INSET) UNDER LUTE OLSON (INSET), THE FOURTH-SEEDED WILDCATS BEAT THREENO. 1 SEEDS EN ROUTE TO THEIR '97 TITLE.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER [See caption above]