Jan. 31, 2011
Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Time: 6 p.m. PST
Location: Maples Pavilion (7,329), Palo Alto, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA/FSAZ (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)
Game Data: Twenty-first-ranked Arizona (18-4, 7-2 Pac-10) opens the second half of the Pac-10 schedule at Stanford (11-9, 4-5 Pac-10) Thursday at Maples Pavilion ... The contest opens a stretch in which five of UA's next seven games are on the road ... Arizona is 4-2 in true road games this season, including a 2-2 mark in conference play ... The Wildcats average 73.3 points per game in those six road games and enjoy a +6.6 scoring margin and .478 field goal percentage (150-of-314) in those games ... Four of Arizona's last five games at Maples Pavilion have been decided by five points or less, and UA is 3-2 in those contests ... Derrick Williams is shooting .611 from the field (33-of-54) in road games this year.
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 154-65 (.703) and 34-18 (.654) 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. Stanford as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Led by Derrick Williams and
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enters tonight's game with a 11-9 record (4-5 Pac-10) following a 70-56 win Saturday over
The Series: Tonight's game marks the 82nd meeting of the two schools with
Follow that Guy: Lamont Jones led
On Target: Saturday's stellar shooting by the Wildcats marked the first time this season that UA had shot 60 percent or better in both halves of a game.
Consistency Matters: UA's pair of wins last week also clinched for the program its 27th consecutive winning season on the hardwood, as the Cats have a minimum of 10 games remaining on the schedule.
School Record Year Duke 13-18 1994-95
Georgetown 13-15 2003-04
Indiana 6-25 2008-09
Kentucky 13-19 1988-89
Louisville 12-19 2000-01
North Carolina 8-20 2001-02
UCLA 10-19 2002-03
He can Score from Anywhere: Arizona's season-best .612 figure from the field against USC included its third successive game above 50 percent from three-point range, with the Cats hitting 10-of-19 (.526) from beyond the arc. In its last three games, UA has made 27 three-pointers on 47 tries, a whopping 57.4 percent from deep. Derrick Williams, with his inside power game shelved to some extent by a wrapped shooting hand, hit all three of his long-range shots against the Trojans to give him a 5-for-7 weekend from behind the arc. He led an assault that gave
Positivity is Beneficial:
Help From Everyone: The Wildcats used a total team effort to offset the two top individual rebounders in the Pac-10 Saturday. Every Cat who played against USC grabbed at least one rebound, helping UA win the rebounding battle, 31-28.
Heating Up: Lamont "MoMo" Jones has proven to be a much more productive player of late, as the 6-foot sophomore is averaging 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in his last five outings. MoMo has connected on 19-of-36 field goal attempts (.528), carries a 2.1:1 assist:turnover ratio, and has finished in double figures in four of those contests. He and Derrick Williams are the only Wildcats to average in double figures in that span.
Quiet Contributions: Don't overlook the contributions of Kyle Fogg in Saturday's win, as the junior guard tallied eight points, three boards and six assists against USC. While seemingly modest totals, Fogg was certainly the most assertive Wildcat at the outset, scoring six of
Sorry to See January Go: For the second straight season,
On the Rise: UA point guard Lamont Jones has enjoyed a boost in productivity of late, averaging 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Thursday vs. UCLA, the sophomore from
Chipping In: As has been the case all season, Jesse Perry just seems to make contributions across the board, as witnessed by seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a block vs. UCLA. In Pac-10 play, the junior forward averages 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Early Signees: The
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