Game 2: #6/5 Arizona (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Long Beach St. (1-0, 0-0 Big West)
Nov. 11, 2013 • 8 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (15,545)
Tip: 8:06 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro/Matt Muehlebach).
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach/Ryan Hansen).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93; XM 190.
Rankings: Arizona - 6/5; Long Beach State - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com.
» No. 6/5 Arizona will look to get to 2-0 on the young season when it hosts Long Beach State on Monday; UA has opened 2-0 in each of its four previous seasons under head coach Sean Miller.
» UA is 28-4 (.875) under head coach Sean Miller in non-conference home games and has won its last eight non-con games at McKale Center; the Wildcats are 18-5 (.783) under Miller in the month of November.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 81-28 (.743) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; UA is the lone Pac-12 program to win 30 games or advance to an Elite Eight since the start of the 2010-11 season.
» 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; Arizona limited Cal Poly to 37.0 percent shooting, forced 11 turnovers and blocked seven shots on Friday.
» The Wildcats got great production from a pair of freshmen in their season-opening win over Cal Poly, as Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson combined for 23 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks; the duo accounted for seven of UA’s 10 offensive rebounds on the night.
» With 13 points and 10 rebounds on Friday, Gordon became the first freshman to post a double-double in his debut game at either of Miller’s head coaching stops.
» Bob Cousy Award candidate T.J. McConnell was impressive in his regular-season debut for UA, dishing out a game-high six assists and orchestrating an offense that shot 57.1 percent from the floor and saw six players score in double figures.
» Sophomore big men Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski anchor a UA rebounding effort that cleared 73.3 percent of available defensive rebounds last season; Ashley had nine boards on Friday as Arizona outrebounded Cal Poly, 34-26.
» Arizona is 73-17 (.811) in the Miller Era when it outrebounds its opponent, including a 23-3 (.885) mark since the start of last season.
» Well-rounded guard Nick Johnson heads into Monday’s game one assist shy of 200 for his career and six steals shy of 100 in an Arizona uniform; his 94-career steals rank second among active Pac-12 players.
» Sophomore Gabe York drew his first-career start on Friday and made 2-of-4 shots from deep en route to a 12-point night; Arizona was efficient from the arc against Cal Poly without being overly reliant on the long ball, making 5-of-11 (.455) attempts on the night.