One of just eight undefeated teams remaining in Division I, Arizona will begin its fourth-straight week as the nation's top-ranked team on Thursday when it hosts Washington State in both teams' Pac-12 opener.
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Johnson scored 20 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 and top-ranked Arizona rolled over Northern Arizona 77-44 on Monday night to complete its second straight undefeated non-conference season. Arizona (13-0) played its second straight game without injured center Kaleb Tarczewski, but didn't really need him, grabbing control with a 27-4 first-half run. The Wildcats dominated the small-program Lumberjacks defensively, holding them to 36 percent shooting while scoring 18 points off 23 turnovers. Arizona has won 27 straight non-conference games. Brandon Ashley had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who don't play again until their Pac-12 opener against Washington State on Jan. 2. Aaseem Dixon had nine points for Northern Arizona (3-8). Northern Arizona is plenty familiar with trip south, playing in Tucson every season but one since 2002. It hasn't gone too well for the Lumberjacks. Other than a five-point game in 2010, Arizona has beaten Northern Arizona in routs, including a 93-50 runaway last season. The Lumberjacks faced an even bigger hill this time around. Northern Arizona had a huge setback just before the season started, when sophomore guard Dwayne Russell, the team's top returning scorer, decided to transfer. The Lumberjacks managed to play close games against Southern California and Fresno State, but those teams are nothing like what they were up against at the McKale Center. Arizona had rolled through its non-conference schedule to this point, knocking off teams like Duke and Michigan to move atop The Associated Press poll two weeks ago. The Wildcats are long, athletic, versatile and one of the best defensive teams in the country. Northern Arizona held its own early while Arizona struggled on offense, playing to an 11-all tie with the Wildcats in the opening 8 minutes. Arizona turned into a
Top-ranked Arizona will look to complete its non-conference schedule unscathed for the second-straight season when it hosts Northern Arizona at McKale Center on Monday; a win on Monday would give UA the third-best start in program history.
Fresh off of a stunning comeback at Michigan, top-ranked Arizona will look to run its record to 12-0 on Thursday when it hosts Southern at McKale Center.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nick Johnson made six free throws over the final 25 seconds, and No. 1 Arizona held on for a 72-70 victory over Michigan on Saturday after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half.
The Pac-12's winningest road team over the last four-plus seasons, No. 1 Arizona will play its second true road game of the year on Saturday when it visits Michigan.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Ashley scored 15 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and No. 1 Arizona shook off a slow start to dominate New Mexico State 74-48 on Wednesday night.
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Back at No. 1 for the first time since 2003, Arizona will look to run its record to 10-0 on the season when it caps a three-game homestand against a talented New Mexico State squad on Wednesday.