Dec. 31, 2010
Date: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Location: Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Kevin Calabro/Don MacLean)
Game Data: Arizona (12-2, 1-0 Pac-10) looks to continue its winning ways Sunday at Oregon State (6-6, 1-0 Pac-10) on national television at Gill Coliseum ... The Wildcats may not want to see the calendar turn, as the team was 7-1 in December, its best record in any month since December 2006 (7-0) ... Over the last 12-plus seasons, Arizona is a combined 15-10 on the Oregon road swing, with four sweeps and six splits to its credit ... The Wildcats are 3-2 in its last five visits to Gill Coliseum with three of those contests decided by six points or less ... UA is 3-0 this season in true road games, averaging 77.3 points per game and posting a +18.7 scoring margin, while not allowing the host to score more than 62 points or shoot better than 38 percent from the field.
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 148-64 (.698) and 28-17 (.622) 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 0-2 vs. Oregon State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Kevin Parrom posted a career-high 20 points and eight rebounds to lead
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Oregon State 63,
Road Sweeps, a bit of a rarity: With a win against the Ducks Thursday,
Get It Going: Thursday in
Keeping them Down: Now nearly halfway through the 2010-11 campaign,
Play Like Him: Swingman Kevin Parrom continues to come into his own, and Thursday’s effort was one of his best. The 6-foot-6 sophomore hit 8-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, en route to a career-high 20 points and a season-high eight rebounds. The eight field goals and four treys were also new career highs for the native of the
Wearing out a path: Thursday at
20-point games: Kevin Parrom became the fourth different Wildcat to post a 20-point scoring game this season. He joins Derrick Williams (5), Lamont Jones (1) and Solomon Hill (1), who have combined to total eight such effort this season.
On Target Again: For the second game in a row,
Board Work: The Wildcats posted a 40-27 rebound advantage Thursday to boost its Pac-10-leading rebound margin to +6.6. To date, UA has tied or outrebounded 11 of 14 opponents, and is allowing opponents to grab an average of just 28.9 boards per game. Four times this season
A Few Inaccuracies:
Topping 10: On the strength of 8-of-11 shooting from the free throw line, Derrick Williams registered 12 points Thursday vs.
In Reserve: Thanks to Kevin Parrom’s 20 points,
Keep it up: Junior forward Jesse Perry continues to spark the club. In his last three games, the 6-foot-7 native of
Road Warriors: In three true road games to date, Derrick Williams and Kevin Parrom have combined to average 29.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game to go with a 74.3 field goal percentage (26-of-35). Individually, Williams is shooting 75.0 percent (15-of-20) from the floor to go with averages of 17. 3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while Parrom is shooting 11-of-15 (.733) from the floor with averages of 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight’s action, the Wildcats return home to open a three-game homestand in