Game 6: #4/3 Arizona (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Drexel (3-1, 0-0 CAA)
Nov. 27, 2013 • 5 p.m. MST • New York, N.Y. • Madison Square Garden (19,812)
Tip: 5:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPNU and WatchESPN (Dan Shulman/Dan Dakich/Andy Katz)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Corey Williams)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91
Rankings: Arizona - 5/4; Drexel - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» No. 4/3 Arizona will take on Drexel on Wednesday in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off with either Duke or Alabama awaiting depending on the results of the semis; UA’s three tournament titles are the second-most since 1985.
» 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 85-28 (.752) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA is 20-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off, including a 7-1 mark at Madison Square Garden; the Wildcats are 16-12 (.571) under Miller on neutral courts.
» The Wildcats have been balanced on the offensive end throughout the early going, with five players averaging double figures; those five players are all averaging between 5.0-10.8 field goal attempts per game and are collectively shooting 58.0 percent (130-of-224) from the field.
» Point guard T.J. McConnell has orchestrated an offensive attack that is operating at 54.4 percent from the floor, while averaging 25.6 free throw attempts in its first five games; McConnell owns a 3.4 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.
» Sean Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint over the season’s first five games, more than doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +22.0 points per game in the paint on average and shooting 59.0 percent from inside the arc this season.
» Thanks in part to its interior success, UA’s top seven have combined to shoot 42.1 percent from beyond the arc in five games; the team is averaging 15.2 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 (25); the two freshmen are combining to average 5.2 offensive rebounds and 2.6 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 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent from long range over their first four games.
» Arizona’s post defense has been stellar in the early going, limiting opponents to 34.8 percent shooting inside the arc and averaging 6.8 blocks per game; last season’s UA team averaged only 3.8 blocks per contest.» Long and athletic on the perimeter, UA has hassled opposing shooters into a 30.4 percent mark from three-point range this season, including a total of 8-of-32 (.250) in its last two games.