Game 38: (1) Arizona (33-4, 15-3 P12) vs. (2) Wisconsin (29-7, 12-6 B1G)
March 29, 2014 • 5:49 p.m. MST • Anaheim, Calif. • Honda Center (18,336)
Tip: 5:49 p.m. MST
Television: TBS (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 94; XM 193 (Westwood One broadcast - Ted Robinson/Bill Frieder)
Rankings: Arizona - 4 (AP)/5 (Coaches); Wisconsin - 12 (AP)/15 (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Making its second Elite Eight appearance in the last four years, top-seeded Arizona will face Wisconsin on Saturday looking to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2001; Sean Miller is making his third Elite Eight appearance as a head coach.
» In its two previous NCAA Tournament trips under Miller, Arizona advanced to the 2011 Elite Eight and the 2013 Sweet 16; UA has 16 Sweet 16s, 10 Elite Eights, four Final Fours and one national championship in its NCAA history.
» Miller and his brother Archie, the current head coach at Dayton and former UA assistant, became the first set of brothers to coach in the same Sweet 16, and will now become the first pair of brothers to do so in the Elite Eight.
» This season marks Arizona’s 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for fourth nationally in that time; UA’s 33 victories this year mark the second-best single-season total in program history.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 32 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats are one of 10 teams that has been ranked in every AP poll this season and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot.
» Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 113-32 (.779) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats have a Pac-12-best three 25-win seasons since Miller took over in Tucson.
» Arizona is ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (58.2) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.0); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 87.2 points per 100 possessions.
» The Wildcats are looking to become the first UA team to lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense since the school joined the league in 1978; its current mark of 58.2 per game would be its best since allowing just 55.3 per contest in 1950-51.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.2 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA also ranks 21st nationally at just 16.6 fouls per game.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 24 of its 37 games; the Wildcats have gotten double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s league-leading 3.07 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 12th nationally with a 1.49 ATR on the season; UA’s average of 10.3 turnovers per game would be the best mark in program history.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle 26 times this season and ranks sixth nationally with a +7.2 rebound margin; UA is one of only five teams to rank in the top 30 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.