Feb. 28, 2011
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 18 Arizona (23-6, 12-4 Pac-10) caps the regular season with a pair of home games beginning Thursday vs. Oregon State (10-17, 5-11 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... The Wildcats enter the final week of the season with a share of the conference lead with three teams remaining alive in the chase for a championship ... UA enjoys a +16.6 scoring margin in 15 home games this season to go with a .496 (395-of-797) field goal percentage and a .425 percentage (122-of-287) from three-point range ... Arizona ranks 13th nationally with a .401 (228-of-568) three-point field goal percentage through 29 games ... The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 15 points (3.8 ppg).
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 159-68 (.700) and 39-21 (.650) 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 0-3 vs. Oregon State as a head coach.
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight's game is the 72nd meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Oregon State 76,
What's at Stake: Losses last week in
Worth Noting: Kyryl Natyazhko averaged just 1.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in two appearances last week, but was singled out by UA head coach Sean Miller for a solid effort in Saturday's game. "Kyryl probably played his best game at
Keep your eye on the ball: Another measure of what went wrong for the Cats last weekend can be found in the assists and steals columns. One is a pretty good measure of ball movement offensively, and the other a solid measure of ball pressure on defense. In its games this week, Arizona collected only nine assists on 36 made field goal (25 percent), while opponents passed out 22 helpers on 49 buckets (45 percent). On average,
Strength in these numbers: One area that continues to be a strength for UA is its three-point field goal percentage defense. In the two games this week,
Return to Form: As mentioned above,
A Strong Contributor: Junior guard Kyle Fogg, continues to play steady basketball, tallying 10 points, four rebounds and three assists Saturday at UCLA. The 6-foot-3 native
He's Still Pretty Good: Certainly, Derrick Williams wasn't at his best last week, as his 36-game streak of games in double figures ended Thursday, and averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in the pair of games. However, but he did manage to post a few notable numbers. The 6-foot-8 sophomore All-America candidate collected 11 rebounds Thursday vs. USC, marking the 10th time this season that he has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in a single game. He also blocked a career-high three shots Saturday at UCLA and leads the Wildcats with 23 blocks. On the season, Williams is averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting .609 from the field.
Quite a Pace: For much of the season Derrick Williams has led the nation in free throw attempts, and the 6-foot-8 sophomore is nearing the school records for free throws made and attempted in a single. Currently, Williams' totals of 193 made and 254 attempts both rank third behind Khalid Reeves, who made 211 of 264 (.799) charity tosses in 1993-94. No player in
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game, the Wildcats close the regular season Saturday by hosting