Jan. 24, 2011
Date: Thursday, Jan. 27, 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: ESPN2 (Rece Davis/Jay Bilas)
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Game Data: Arizona (16-4, 5-2 Pac-10) returns home to host UCLA (13-6, 5-2 Pac-10) Thursday at McKale Center ... The game, which is scheduled to be aired on ESPN2, is the second of three appearances for the Wildcats on the ESPN family of networks this year ... Over the last six meetings with UCLA the cumulative points scored by each team is even at 434, while the victories are level at three apiece ... The UA homecourt has been a source of discomfort for Wildcat opponents, as Arizona limits foes to an average of 58.8 points per game and a .415 field goal percentage (236-of-569), while posting a +10.3 rebound margin ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 Conference in three-point FG percentage (.397) and three-point FG percentage defense (.271).
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 152-65 (.700) and 32-18 (.640) 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. UCLA as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Each half followed the same script, but what mattered most was that
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins enter tonight's game with a 13-6 record (5-2 Pac-10) following a 68-57 win Saturday over Stanford. On the season, UCLA averages 71.9 points, shoots 46.0 percent from the floor (486-of-1057), 34.0 percent (106-of-312) from three-point range and 66.1 percent (288-of-436) from the line. Opponents average 67.4 points, are outrebounded by 3.5 boards per game and shoot 42.3 percent from the floor (468-of-1106). Individually, four Bruin players average in double-figures, led by Reeves Nelson's 13.9 points per game figure. Nelson also leads UCLA with an 8.0 rebounds per game average.
The Series: Tonight's game is the 82nd meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 47-34 series advantage.
Last Meeting: UCLA 75,
Quite a Week: Derrick Williams led
Closing Fast: The Cats erased two sizeable deficits Saturday to earn its fourth true road win of the year.
Cleaning the Glass: Led by Derrick Williams' game-high 19 rebounds
Follow the Leaders: UA starting backcourt enjoyed a solid night Saturday, as Lamont "MoMo" Jones and Kyle Fogg combined for 11 assists and just one turnover in 57 minutes of action. Jones may have played his best game as UA's starting point guard, posting 11 points and a season-high four rebounds to go with five assists, which equaled a career high as well. Fogg managed to pass out six assists in 29 minutes without a turnover.
A leading Indicator:
A Great Equalizer: It's not often that a team can win a game with a .368 field goal percentage, but one area in which the Wildcats were efficient was three-point shooting. Against
Beware of the Fogg: Credit Kyle Fogg with a solid defensive effort, as well, on Saturday, as the 6-foot-3 junior from
On a Roll: Sophomore Derrick Williams posted his third consecutive double-double Saturday, collecting 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Nine of the 6-foot-8 forward's 19 rebounds came on the offensive glass, and Williams tallied 11 rebounds in the first half alone. It was also the fourth double-double in five games (seventh this season/10 career) for Williams, who is averaging 23.0 points and 12.2 rebounds in that span. Tangentially, Williams has scored in double figures in 48 of 51 career appearances with 17 of those being 20-points or better.
Record Setter: Derrick Williams' 19 rebounds Saturday at
When it Matters Most: Senior Jamelle Horne saved his best for last on Saturday, as he connected on three treys in the final five minutes to help
Little Things Matter: Forward Jesse Perry continues to shine when it comes to doing what it takes to win. Saturday at
Stepping in, stepping Up: One of the UA sparks off the bench has been Brendon Lavender. The 6-foot-5 junior guard from
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game,