Feb. 4, 2011
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
Time: 5 p.m. PST
Location: Haas Pavilion (11,877), Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA/FSAZ (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)
Game Data: Twenty-first-ranked Arizona (19-4, 8-2 Pac-10) caps the San Francisco Bay Area weekend at California (13-9, 6-4 Pac-10) Saturday at Haas Pavilion ... The Wildcats enter the contest in a relatively unfamiliar position – sole possession of the conference lead – a spot the program hasn’t occupied this late into the season since March 5, 2005, the last time the Cats won the Pac-10 title ... Since the start of the 2001-02 season, Arizona is 11-8 with three sweeps and four splits to its credit ... In five Pac-10 road games this year, Arizona is shooting 47.5 percent from the floor (125-of-263), with five regulars shooting 50 percent or better from the floor individually, and the team averages 72.4 points per game.
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller . . . is in his second season at the University of Arizona and his seventh overall as a college head coach with a record of 155-65 (.705) and 35-18 (.660) at Arizona ... Appointed April 7, 2009, Miller came to Tucson after five successful years at Xavier University, where he amassed four 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances ... His clubs won the last three Atlantic 10 regular season championships (2007-09) and the 2006 Atlantic 10 postseason tournament title ... During his time at XU, the Musketeers won better than 71 percent of their conference games, including an .813 winning percentage (39-9) in his last three seasons ... Miller has made 14 trips to the postseason in his 17 seasons as a head, assistant or associate head coach (8 NCAA/6NIT) and has a 6-4 (.600) NCAA Tournament record as a head coach ... He took two Xavier teams to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 (2008, 2009) with his 2008 club advancing to the West Regional final ... His 2007-08 team set a Xavier record for wins in a season with 30, helping him claim Atlantic 10 and NABC District 10 Coach-of-the-Year honors ... Since becoming a head coach, all 17 players to complete eligibility under Miller have earned their degrees ... A standout guard for the University of Pittsburgh (1987-92), Miller was the Big East Freshman of the Year in 1988, won a gold medal on the 1991 U.S. World University Games team and was a member of his alma mater’s all-centennial team in 2005 ... Miller, 42, earned a degree in communications from Pitt in 1992 ... He is assisted by Archie Miller, Emanuel Richardson and James Whitford ... Miller is 2-1 vs. California as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Led by
The Series: Today’s game is the 82nd meeting of the two schools with
Fighting For Balance: Led by Derrick Williams and Lamont Jones, who combined for 36 points,
A Collection of Straight Shooters:
Closing Strong: With Thursday’s contest knotted at 60 with 4:17 to go in the second half,
Numbers don’t Lie: The second half of Thursday’s win was a telling one, as
Anomaly: Arizona was 0-of-5 from three-point range during the second half of Thursday’s win, marking the first time this season that the Wildcats had failed to make at least one three-point field goal in any half. By comparison, UA was 5-of-7 from behind the arc in the opening period.
Every Shot Matters: While
Against the Norm: En route to its 19-4 record, Arizona has proven itself to be a solid rebounding club, as the team ranks second in the Pac-10 with a +5.1 rebound margin. Stanford held the rebound edge in Thursday’s contest, 37-32, marking just the eighth time in 23 games that the Cats had been beaten on the glass, thought the club is 5-3 when that happens.
A Streak of Positivity: As was the case Jan. 29 vs. USC,
Making the Most of his minutes: In back-to-back games, junior Kyle Fogg has logged a season-high 31 minutes, and the 6-foot-3 guard has made the most of it. Fogg tallied 19 points, six boards, seven assists and two steals in the span, and connected on 8-of-14 (.571) field goal attempts. On the season, Fogg is averaging 7.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and a team-leading 2.8 assists per game.
Developing Nicely: Lamont “MoMo” Jones has proven to be a much more productive player of late, as the 6-foot sophomore is averaging 14.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his last five outings. MoMo has connected on 23-of-41 field goal attempts (.561) and has finished in double figures in all five tilts, which is the longest consecutive games in double figures scoring streak of his career. He and Derrick Williams are the only Cats to average in double figures in that span.
More of the Same: Bad shooting hand and all, sophomore Derrick Williams notched his third consecutive 20-point game Thursday, as he finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The 6-foot-8 Williams has 11 games with 20 points or more this season, including six in the last eight games, where he is averaging 22.3 points. More broadly, Williams has scored in double figures in 32 consecutive games dating back to last season and 51 times in his 54 game career (17.5 ppg).
Asserting Himself: Forward Jesse Perry continues to prove himself as one of
At the Line: As mentioned earlier,
Parrom Produces: Kevin Parrom put forth a solid effort Thursday, totaling seven points, a team-high four assists and three offensive rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Though he averages just 18 minutes per game, the 6-foot-6 swingman from the
Collecting Caroms: Solomon Hill grabbed six boards in Thursday’s win, marking the ninth time this season that he’s collected five or more in a single game.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following today’s game, the Wildcats get a bit of a breather, as the club won’t be in action for eight days. UA travels to