March 21, 2011
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Time: 6:45 p.m. PDT
Location: Honda Center (17,608), Anaheim, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach/Ryan Hansen)
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Lesley Visser)
Game Data: No. 5 seed Arizona (29-7, 14-4 Pac-10) advances to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament and heads to Anaheim, Calif., to open play in the West Regional Semifinal against No. 1 seed Duke (32-4, 13-3 ACC) Thursday at the Honda Center ... Not counting vacated appearances, this is UA's 27th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and the program has a 45-25 (.643) record in its previous NCAA Tournament action ... This is the Wildcats' 14th Sweet 16 appearance, and eight have been when playing in the West Region ... Twenty-eight of UA's 45 NCAA Tournament victories have come while playing in the West.
The Rankings: UA has been ranked for seven consecutive weeks and currently (March 14) is No. 17 in the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls. UA's seven straight weeks in both national polls is the longest for a Pac-10 club in 2010-11.
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 165-69 (.705) and 45-22 (.672) 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 15 trips to the postseason in his 18 seasons as a head, assistant or associate head coach (9 NCAA/6 NIT) and has an 8-4 (.667) 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 0-1 vs. Duke as a head coach.
Last Time Out: In a game that featured four ties and two lead changes in the last three minutes, Arizona's Derrick Williams converted an and-one with nine seconds to go to give UA the lead, then the Wildcat defense held on for the 70-69 win over fourth-seeded Texas Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. Solomon Hill (16 pts./8 reb.) and Jordin Mayes (16 pts./4-of-4 3-pt. FG) gave UA the offensive balance it needed in a game that it held the lead for 33:59, and the Cats hit 8-of-14 shots from three-point range in building as much as a 13-point cushion.
Scouting Duke: The Atlantic Coast Conference postseason tournament champion Blue Devils enter tonight's game with a 32-4 record (13-3 ACC) following Sunday's 73-71 win over
The Series: Tonight's game marks the eighth meeting of the two schools with Duke holding a 4-3 advantage. The Blue Devils have won two straight meetings with the last being an 82-72 triumph on April 2, 2001, in the national championship game in
Last Meeting: Duke 82,
Against The Atlantic Coast Conference: All-time,
Sweet 16: Sunday's win over
A Tall Order:
Underdogs: When looking at
House of Horrors: Arizona has a 5-2 (.714) record all-time in Anaheim's Honda Center, picking up Wooden Classic wins in 1996-97, 2001-02 and 2004-05. However, it's in the postseason that this building causes Cat fans much consternation, as two of
The Sum Is Greater than its Parts: With only one player averaging in double figures, it's no secret at this point that
This Guy Is Good:
We're Kind of New at This: The
ALL-AMERICA: To date, Derrick Williams has earned a pair of All-America honors, as the sophomore forward was a second-team selection by both the USBWA and foxsports.com. Williams is the 25th Wildcat to earn a total of 88 All-America honors since 1950-51. He is also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to college basketball's player of the year, as voted by the USBWA.
ALL-DISTRICT: Derrick Williams was also an all-district pick by both the USBWA and NABC. The 6-foot-8 native of
Pac-10 Honors: Derrick Williams and Sean Miller were named Pacific-10 Conference Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as the league announced its postseason honors March 7. It marks the seventh time a Wildcat player has earned the honor, and the first since Jason Terry in 1999. Miller joins Lute Olson as UA mentors to win Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors. A seven-time honoree, Olson last won the award in 2003.
A First: When
ON The Mark: Throughout most of 2010-11,
College Boards: Look no further than the rebounding totals for
Not at His Best: He wasn't at his sharpest Sunday, but Derrick Williams was still pretty good, especially when it mattered most. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward endured his second-worst shooting night of the season (4-of-14) and hit just 9-of-15 free throws, but still managed to tally 17 points and nine rebounds to go with three assists (a season-high) and three steals. His and-one field goal and resulting free throw with nine seconds remaining provided UA's winning margin.
Raising His Level: Sophomore forward Solomon Hill enjoyed a solid weekend in
Unanticipated: For a guy who hadn't reached double figures since Dec. 1, Jordin Mayes might have been the last person to provide a scoring burst, but that's what he did to
From Behind the Arc: As mentioned earlier,
Follow that Guy: It's neither surprising nor unexpected that sophomore forward Derrick Williams leads
In March: Since the start of the 1996-97 season,
Early Signees: The
Up Next: A win tonight moves