Tommy Lloyd makes history as he nets 50th career win for Arizona
Tommy Lloyd is the fastest head coach in Pac-12 history to reach 50 career wins.
He hit 50 on Saturday in the Wildcats’ 58-52 win over UCLA. It took him a total of 57 games. Not only is that the fastest ever by a Pac-12 coach, but it’s the eighth fastest sprint to 50 career wins in NCAA history.
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The Wildcats (17-3, 6-3 Pac-12) won their third straight game against UCLA with the victory. It’s also the third consecutive win over the Bruins when UCLA entered as a top-five team.
In his second season as a head coach, Lloyd has been money against the AP Top 25.
He is 10-3 against Top 25 opponents and 3-0 against teams ranked inside the top five, the only coach in the last 25 years to win his first three games against such teams.
“I do always say day-to-day, but I also am running a tremendous program and an organization,” Lloyd told reporters after the game. “I’m always thinking big picture. I think big picture, but I also understand the only way to be good in this business is being good day-to-day. You can’t be so focused on the big picture that you’re missing the now.”
With a Pac-12 title sweep and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament checked off in Year 1, and now this record with lots left to play for in Year 2, it’s safe to say Lloyd has more to come in his coaching future.