Arizona Wildcats Basketball: Top 5 Plays of Sean Miller Era

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Arizona Wildcats Basketball: Top 5 Plays of Sean Miller Era
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Derrick Williams makes an off-balance shot while being fouled in the waning seconds of Arizona's victory over Texas in the 2011 NCAA tournament

The top plays in Sean Miller's five years with the Arizona Wildcats have fittingly included a fair share of defensive gems.

Miller has produced videos on how to play dominating man-to-man defense. The Arizona Wildcats' coach came to Tucson in 2009 after developing Xavier into one of the better defensive teams in the nation. Before Miller's arrival in Tucson, the Musketeers ranked No. 8 nationally, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6 percent from the field in 2008-09. 

The Arizona Wildcats' ascension to a No. 1 ranking for the first time in 11 seasons has Tucsonans enamored with Miller much like they were with Lute Olson during Olson's golden years. The Wildcats are 11-0 because of an athletic, cohesive unit that is allowing opponents to score only 59.1 points a game (ranking No. 8 in the country).

Miller's five years with the Arizona Wildcats have included the challenges of missing two NCAA tournaments but also plenty of accomplishments, including Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearances.

The Arizona Wildcats' highly rated recruiting classes in the last two years, matched with Miller's coaching ability, has the program atop the college basketball world.

Rivals.com rated the Class of 2012, which includes frontcourt starters Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski, as No. 3 in the nation. The same recruiting website ranked Arizona's Class of 2013, including McDonald's All-American forwards Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, as No. 4 in the nation.

The high level of talent began immediately with Miller's first class of 2009. That class included Derrick Williams, who is involved in most of the top plays in the five-year Miller era despite the fact Williams finished his Arizona Wildcats career three seasons ago.

Defense is the theme in the top plays of the Miller era with the Arizona Wildcats. The blocked shot specifically is part of a remarkable four of the top five plays listed in the following slideshow.

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