Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
No. 5/4 Men's Basketball to Face URI for Right to Head to NYC
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 19, 2013

Game 5: #5/4 Arizona (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Rhode Island (3-1, 0-0 A10)
Nov. 19, 2013 • 9 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)

Tip: 9:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPNU and WatchESPN (Dave Flemming/Sean Farnham)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85; XM 85
Rankings: Arizona - 5/4; Rhode Island - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via 

Game Storylines
» No. 5/4 Arizona will vie for a trip to New York on Tuesday when it faces Rhode Island NIT Season Tip-Off West Regional championship game; the game will be the Wildcats’ fifth in a 12-day stretch to open the season.

» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, head coach Sean Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 84-28 (.750) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.

» UA is 30-4 (.882) under Miller in non-conference home games and has won its last 10 non-con games at McKale Center; the Wildcats are 21-5 (.808) under Miller in the month of November.

» A balanced and efficient UA effort propelled Arizona past Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, as six Wildcats scored in double figures and the team shot .544 from the floor; UA had just five turnovers and limited FDU to .310 shooting.

» The Wildcats have been balanced on the offensive end throughout the early going, with four players averaging double figures heading into Tuesday night’s contest; those four players are all averaging between 6.3-10.5 field goal attempts per game and are collectively shooting 57.8 percent (78-of-135) from the field.

» Pac-12 assists leader T.J. McConnell has orchestrated an offensive attack that is operating at 53.6 percent from the floor, while averaging 27.0 free throw attempts in its first four games; McConnell has accounted for 43.9 percent (29-of-66) of Arizona’s assists thus far on the season.

» Sean Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint over the season’s first four games, more than doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +22.5 points per game in the paint on average this season.

» UA is shooting 57.9 percent from two-point range this season, while limiting opponents to 32.4 percent shooting inside the arc; Arizona is averaging 6.5 blocks per game through four contests after averaging 3.8 a year ago.

» Thanks in part to its interior success, UA’s rotation players have combined to shoot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc in four games; the team is averaging 15.0 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 a year ago.

» UA has gotten great production from Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the early going; Gordon has three double-doubles and Hollis-Jefferson leads the squad in free throw attempts (21); the two freshmen are combining to average 5.5 offensive rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

» UA is striving to continue an upward trend that saw the Wildcats progress from 108th nationally in adjusted defense in 2009-10 to 32nd nationally a year ago; the Wildcats have limited opponents to 32.4 percent shooting from the field and 32.5 percent from long range over their first four games.
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