Jan. 13, 2011
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Steve Kerr)
Game Data: Arizona (14-3, 3-1 Pac-10) closes a three-game homestand Saturday by hosting intrastate rival Arizona State (9-7, 1-3 Pac-10) in McKale Center as part of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series ... The Wildcats and Sun Devils meet on the hardwood for the 219th time ... The last three series meetings at McKale Center have been decided by an average of 5.0 points per game – all ASU wins ... Through four Pac-10 games, Arizona is shooting 50.0 percent from the field (98-of-196), tops in the league since conference play opened, and is 7-1 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor ... Sunday’s 67-57 victory over Stanford was the first Pac-10 win of the Sean Miller era when UA scored less than 70 points ... Five of Arizona’s next seven games will be away from home.
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 150-65 (.698) and 30-18 (.625) 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 2-2 vs. Arizona State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Jamelle Horne posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead
The Series: Today’s game is the 219th meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Arizona State 73,
Reaching New Heights: Derrick Williams led
As Efficient as they Come: Derrick Williams certainly has proven himself to be Mr. Everything for the Wildcats, but according to research done by Jeff Faraudo of the Oakland Tribune, Williams is the most efficient player in the nation. Simply put, he produces more points per shot attempt than any player in the nation. The 6-foot-8 junior forward has scored 324 points on 143 field goal attempts, good enough for 2.27 points per shot, an impressive feat when a 1:1 ratio is considered good. By comparison, Sean Elliott is the most efficient Wildcat to date at 1.46, and Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton of UCLA fame, posted figures of 1.58 and 1.54, respectively. It’s worth noting that Williams, tallied 45 points on just 17 field goal attempts in two games last week.
A Good Start: By defeating
The Comforts of Home: Dating back to last season, the Wildcats have now won 12 consecutive games at
Second Shots Matter: In a week that saw UA come from behind in both games to win , offensive rebounds – and the subsequent second-chance points – loomed large in the decisions over
Turn the Game around:
For Three: Three-point shooting also loomed large for the Wildcats last week, as Arizona knocked down 16-of-34 (.471) three-point attempts in its last two wins, outscoring the Bay Area schools by a combined 48-18 from behind the arc. UA limited its opponents to 27.3 percent shooting (6-of-22) from three-point range this week, and its season-long three-point field goal defense figure of 27.1 percent (65-of-240) leads all Pac-10 schools. Sunday vs. Stanford, Jamelle Horne (4-of-4) and Derrick Williams (2-of-2) were a combined 6-of-6 from three-point range.
A Rebounding Advantage: Bolstered by Jamelle Horne (12) and Derrick Williams (9),
Consistently Good on the Glass: Arizona has also proven itself to be a good rebounding club, as the team’s +6.2 rebound margin currently leads the Pac-10 Conference. To date, UA has tied or outrebounded 10 of 13 opponents, and is allowing opponents to grab an average of just 29.0 boards per game. Three times this season
Factoring In Positively: Jamelle Horne asserted himself in both games this week, averaging 13.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 9-of-10 (.900) from the field. The 6-foot-7 senior forward hit two key second-half treys in collecting 10 points Thursday in the win over California, and collected his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds Sunday vs. Stanford (both season-high totals). As mentioned above, he connected on 4-of-4 shots from three-point range Sunday, it was his work on the glass that really made a difference, as his four offensive rebounds nearly eclipsed the Stanford total (6) and his 12 total rebounds was nearly half of that collected by the Cardinal (26). On the season, Horne is averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.3 percent (45-of-86) from the field.
A Well-Rounded Effort: Forward Solomon Hill continues to do yeoman’s work from his forward position, as the sophomore tallied nine points, seven rebounds and an assist, block and steal in Sunday’s win. The product of
Topping 10: On the strength of stellar long-range shooting by Jamelle Horne (4-of-4) and Derrick Williams (2-of-2),
Early Signees: The