Game 24: #2/3 Arizona (22-1, 9-1 P12) vs. Oregon St. (13-9, 5-5 P12)
Feb. 9, 2014 • 5 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 5:06 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (JB Long/Matt Muehlebach)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
National Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190
Rankings: Arizona - 2 (AP)/3 (Coaches); Oregon State - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Winners of five in a row over Oregon State, No. 2/3 Arizona will take a two-game Pac-12 lead into Sunday’s tilt with OSU; dating to last season, UA has won 10 of its last 11 Pac-12 games.
» The Wildcats are 71-11 (.866) overall and 35-7 (.833) in conference games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Sunday’s game in the midst of an 18-game home winning streak.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 27 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats recently wrapped up a program-record run of eight-straight weeks as the poll’s top-ranked team.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 102-29 (.779) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona heads into the week ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.8) and fifth in scoring defense (57.2); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 87.0 points per 100 possessions.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.6 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 14 of its 23 games; the have gotten double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 25th nationally with a 1.41 ATR on the season; UA is 6-1 this season in games decided by five points or less.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 19 of its 23 games this season and ranks seventh nationally with a +8.9 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.389) and defensive (.731) rebound percentage.
» Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.4 second-chance points; UA is outrebounding teams 14.5-8.8 on the offensive glass in its last four games.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint at +12.7 points per game in the paint on average; UA is avreaging just 14.4 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 per game a year ago.