March 4, 2011
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: Noon MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: CBS (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)
Game Data: No. 18 Arizona (24-6, 13-4 Pac-10) closes the regular season with a high-noon affair Saturday vs. Oregon (14-15, 7-10 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... The contest can be seen over most of the nation on CBS-TV, the network’s first McKale Center telecast since Feb. 14, 2009 ... Based on results Thursday, Arizona clinched a share of its 12th Pac-10 regular season championship and locked up the top seed at next week’s Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles ... A win today would give Arizona a spotless record at home this season, it’s first since 1998-99 ... If the Cats win today and move to 14 Pac-10 wins, it would be the biggest one-season victory gain (+4) since the 2004 and 2005 campaigns when the program went from 11-7 to 15-3.
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 160-68 (.702) and 40-21 (.656) 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 3-0 vs. Oregon as a head coach.
Last Time Out: On the strength of a Derrick Williams double-double and solid shooting in the second half,
The Series: Today’s game is the 68th meeting of the two schools with
The Endcap: Over the last 27 years,
On Quite a Roll: Arizona head coach Sean Miller and the Wildcats clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 regular season championship Thursday, which marked the fourth regular season title (or share) for a Miller-coached team in the last five seasons. The only blip was last season’s 16-15 (10-8/4th Pac-10) debut at
What’s at Stake: By virtue of its win over
Almost There: For much of the season Derrick Williams has led the nation in free throw attempts, and the 6-foot-8 sophomore painfully close to sole possession of the school records for free throws made and attempted in a single. Currently, Williams’ totals of 198 made and 264 attempts rank second and tied for first, respectively, with Khalid Reeves, who made 211 of 264 (.799) charity tosses in 1993-94. No player in
Not Even Close: Through 30 games,
A Dickensian Effort: So it was quite, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” but
On the Verge of Something...Noteworthy:
Seeking Balance: The Wildcats placed four players in double figures Thursday, marking just the sixth time this season that
Forcing the Issue: The
Doubling Up: Forward Derrick Williams recorded his 10th double-double of the season Thursday with 15 points and 12 rebounds against
Assisting the Cause: Junior guard Kyle Fogg continues to prove is worth in a number of different areas. No only did he knock down a game-high three treys Thursday, but he also passed out a game-high six assists against just one turnover in a season-high 33 minutes. The 6-foot-3
Quick Hits: It’s worth noting that Thursday’s win clinched a season in which the Cats will have less than 10 losses, snapping a streak of five straight years with 10+ losses ... Saturday’s game will be the final Pac-10 Conference game in McKale Center, as the league expands to 12 teams next year.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following today’s game, the Wildcats head to