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2011 Opens in Corvallis for Cats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 31, 2010
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Dec. 31, 2010

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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.


The Rankings:  Arizona remains unranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.


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 Arizona to a 76-57 road win Thursday at Oregon.  The sophomore connected on 8-of-9 field goal, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, to spearhead a Wildcat attack that shot 56 percent from the floor and posted a +13 rebound margin.  UA jumped out to an early 11-2 lead and never trailed.  Three Wildcats finished in double figures and four grabbed five or more rebounds.  UA closed play at UO’s McArthur Court with a 19-14 record (.576).


Scouting Oregon State:  The Beavers enter tonight’s game with a 6-6 record (1-0 Pac-10) following an 80-58 win over Arizona State on Thursday.  On the season, OSU averages 74.2 points, shoots 45.8 percent from the floor (308-of-672), 31.6 percent (73-of-231) from three-point range and 69.2 percent (202-of-292) from the line.  Opponents average 70.1 points, outrebound OSU by 1.3 boards per game and shoot 44.0 percent from the floor (290-of-659).  Individually, three Oregon State players average in double-figures, led by Jared Cunningham’s 13.6 points per game figure.  Omari Johnson leads the Beavers with a 7.0 rebounds per game average.


The Series:  Tonight’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 51-19 series advantage. UA has won 18 of the last 22 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, but OSU won the last meeting, 63-55, on Feb. 13 in Tucson.  All-time, Arizona is 28-6 in series games played in Tucson, 20-13 in Corvallis, and 3-0 in neutral-site games.  For more series information, please see page 44 in the UA media guide.


Last Meeting:  Oregon State 63, Arizona 55, Feb. 13, 2010:  Oregon State did what it does best:  controlled tempo and made the most of its opportunities in earning the eight-point win, its first in Tucson since 1983.  The Beavers limited the Cats to 55 points and 39.6 percent shooting and did not trail for the final 22:45.  UA managed to tie the game halfway through the second half, but OSU responded with a 13-3 run to put a cap on things.  Jamelle Horne posted his third career double-double (15 pts./14 reb.) in the contest.


Road Sweeps, a bit of a rarity: With a win against the Ducks Thursday, Arizona has a chance to pick up a Pac-10 weekend road sweep.  Interestingly, Thursday’s victory was the first in a weekend opener in the Sean Miller era, as the Cats were 0-4 on the road in Thursday games a year ago.  The last time Arizona earned a Pac-10 road sweep was Feb. 5-7, 2009, in road triumphs at Oregon State (56-53) and at Oregon (87-77).


Get It Going: Thursday in Eugene, Arizona connected on five of its first seven field goals, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead less than four minutes into the contest.  Good starts have been a key to the Wildcats’ strong start this season, as the team is 11-0 this season when leading at the 10-minute mark of the first half.


Sub-60:  Arizona held Oregon to just 57 points Thursday, including just 22 in the first half.  In the Sean Miller era, that equaled the second-fewest points allowed by the Wildcats in Pac-10 play (57 points by Oregon on Feb. 11).  The only conference team to go lower than that was USC in a 56-50 Trojan win on Dec. 31, 2009, in Coach Miller’s Pac-10 debut.


Keeping them Down:  Now nearly halfway through the 2010-11 campaign, Arizona opponents are averaging just 61.4 points per game.  Including Thursday’s 57 points by the Ducks, Arizona has held eight of 14 opponents to less than 60 points, including three of the last four.  By comparison, Arizona held just four opponents to less than 60 points last season and a 72.0 scoring average.


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 Bronx, N.Y.  Incidentally, it was Parrom’s fifth games in double figures this season, and the seventh of his career ... He’s averaging 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 14 appearances this season.


Wearing out a path:  Thursday at Oregon, forward Derrick Williams went to the free throw line 11 times, making eight.  It marks the seventh time this season that the 6-foot-8 sophomore has had 10 or more FT attempts in a single game, including the last four consecutive.  In that span, Williams is shooting 88.1 percent (37-of-42) from the line.  Through 14 games this season, Williams is averaging 8.6 free throw attempts per game.  No Pac-10 player has made (98) or attempted (120) as many free throws as Williams has.  In fact, no conference player is within 28 makes of Williams’ total.


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, Arizona managed to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, connecting on 55.6 percent (25-of-45) of its attempts at Oregon.  In the last two games, Arizona has hit 52.3 percent of its shots (51-of-97).  UA has shot 50 percent or better from the field seven times this season, and has won each of those games.  Hitting your shots ins half the battle, and during the Sean Miller era, Arizona is 23-2 when it outshoots the opposition.


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 Arizona has grabbed 40 or more rebounds in a game and eight times the Wildcats have posted a rebound margin of 10 or more.


A Few Inaccuracies:  Arizona limited Oregon to just 34.8 percent shooting Thursday (23-of-66), including a 9-of-31 (.290) mark in the first half, and 1-of-17 shooting (.059) from three-point range for the game.  The effort dropped UA’s field goal percentage defense figure to .409 (311-of-760) and its three-point FG defense number to .282 (57-of-202).  Eight opponents have failed to shoot at least 40 percent from the floor against the Cats this season.


Topping 10:  On the strength of 8-of-11 shooting from the free throw line, Derrick Williams registered 12 points Thursday vs. Oregon.  The 12 points was a season low, but it did extend his streak of games in double figures to 23 dating back to last season.  What’s interesting is that Williams had just three field attempts on the night (made two), which equaled  the second fewest FG attempts in a game for his career.  Only a one FGA game at Washington on Feb. 4, 2010, topped Thursday’s feat.  In his 45-game career, Williams is averaging 8.9 field goals per game.


In Reserve:  Thanks to Kevin Parrom’s 20 points, Arizona’s reserves outscored Oregon, 31-17.  On the season, Arizona averages 29.3 points per game from the bench – 8.5 points more than the opposition.


Keep it up:  Junior forward Jesse Perry continues to spark the club.  In his last three games, the 6-foot-7 native of St. Louis, Mo., has averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the floor.  He’s been in the starting lineup in each of the last two games.  On the year, 40 percent of his rebounds (25-of-62) have been on the offensive glass.  Thursday at Oregon, Perry tallied nine points, eight boards, two assists and two steals in a season-best 24 minutes played.


From Long Range:  Arizona attempted a season-low 12 three-point attempts Thursday, but the Cats connected on 6-of-12 attempts (.500) from long range.  Kevin Parrom hit 4-of-5 treys, while Solomon Hill knocked down 2-of-2.  On the year, Arizona averages 21.4 three-point attempts per game and makes them at a .388 clip (116-of-299).


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.


Scoring 80:  Arizona scored 82 points Dec. 22 vs. Robert Morris, topping the 80-point plateau for the seventh time this year.  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 193-19 (.910) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.   Arizona was 6-0 last season when topping the 80-point plateau.


Early Signees:  The Arizona coaching staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letter-of-Intent in the November early signing period.  Nick Johnson (G, 6-2, 180) from Gilbert, Ariz., who preps at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.; Sidiki Johnson (F, 6-8, 220) from the Bronx, N.Y, who preps at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.; and Josiah Turner (G, 6-3, 185) from Sacramento, Calif., Sacramento High School; make up a class that was ranked in the top-10 nationally by both and

Up Next:  Following tonight’s action, the Wildcats return home to open a three-game homestand in McKale Center, beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, vs. California.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on FSN.

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