Game 18: #1/1 Arizona (17-0, 4-0 P12) vs. Arizona State (13-4, 2-2 P12)
Jan. 16, 2014 • 7 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 7:07 p.m. MST
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Gus Johnson/Bill Raftery)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91
Rankings: Arizona - 1/1; Arizona State - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Off to a 4-0 start in Pac-12 play, top-ranked Arizona looks to win its third in a row over its in-state rival on Thursday when it hosts Arizona State for a 7 p.m. tip.
» The Wildcats are 67-11 (.859) overall and 31-7 (.816) in Pac-12 games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Thursday night’s affair in the midst of a 14-game home winning streak.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 35 weeks, the ninth-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; a win on Thursday would move Arizona within a game of tying the longest winning streaks in program history.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 97-28 (.776) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Junior guard Nick Johnson enters Thursday night’s game in need of eight points to become the 48th member of Arizona’s 1,000-point club; over UA’s last three games, Johnson has averaged 20.3 points per contest.
» On Tuesday, freshman forward Aaron Gordon was named 2013 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year; Gordon led the U.S. to just its third gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship since 1991, earning tournament MVP honors.
» Utilizing several players who can guard multiple positions, Arizona heads into the weekend ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (56.0) and seventh in field goal percentage defense (.371); opponents are shooting just .280 from beyond the arc this season, a mark that ranks 13th in the nation.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 16 of its 17 games this season and ranks seventh nationally with a +10.7 rebound margin; UA is one of only two teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.408) and defensive (.730) rebound percentage.
» Arizona’s post defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.8 percent shooting inside the arc to rank eighth 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 +13.6 points per game in the paint on average and has scored 48.6 percent of its points this season in the paint.
» One of the better teams nationally at not fouling thus far, UA has almost made almost as many free throws (280) than its opponents have attempted (281); the Wildcats are averaging 24.2 free throw attempts per game, an increase of almost four per outing from a year ago.