Game 15: #1/1 Arizona (14-0, 1-0 P12) vs. Washington (9-5, 1-0 P12)
Jan. 4, 2014 • 12 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 12:05 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (JB Long/Don MacLean/Cindy Brunson)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92; XM 193
Rankings: Arizona - 1/1; Washington - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» One of just eight undefeated teams remaining in Division I, Arizona will wrap up its fourth-straight week as the nation’s top-ranked team on Saturday when it hosts Washington for a noon MST tipoff.
» A victory on Saturday would propel the Wildcats into sole possession of the second-best start in program history at 15-0; UA is 66-11 (.857) at McKale Center under the direction of head coach Sean Miller.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 33 weeks, the ninth-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; Arizona is the first Pac-12 team to ascend to the top spot in the AP poll since January 6, 2006.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 94-28 (.770) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» The Wildcats’ offensive attack is operating at 49.0 percent from the floor, while averaging 24.6 free throw attempts per game; T.J. McConnell ranks 17th nationally in assists (6.2/game) and ranks second in the Pac-12 with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
» Utilizing several players who can guard multiple positions, Arizona heads into the weekend ranked third nationally in scoring defense (54.4) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.362); visiting teams are averaging just 50.4 points per game at McKale Center this season.
» Arizona is allowing opponents to shoot just .366 overall and .278 from the arc in the second half this season, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.4 points per game after the break.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in each of its 14 games this season and ranks third nationally with a +12.6 rebound margin; UA is the only team in the nation to rank in the top nationally in both offensive (.415) and defensive (.750) rebound percentage.
» Rebounding has been a total team focus this season, as evidenced by the fact that the leading rebounder on the league’s top rebounding team ranks just eighth in the Pac-12 (Gordon/7.8).
» Arizona’s post defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 39.4 percent shooting inside the arc to rank third nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +15.2 points per game in the paint on average and has scored 48.9 percent of its points this season in the paint.