Dec. 17, 2010
Date: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
Location: RBC Center (19,722), Raleigh, N.C.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Tim Brando/Mike Giminski)
Game Data: Arizona (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10) embarks on its longest road trip of the season when it travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State (6-3, 0-0 ACC) Sunday in the RBC Center ... The Wildcats seek its second true road win of the year in as many attempts ... In four games away from home this season (counting neutral-site games), UA shoots 45.5 percent from the field (101-of-222) and averages 77.5 points per game, down slightly from its season-long statistics (48.6/79.4 ppg), though four players average 9.0 points or better away from home ... This is Arizona’s second appearance in the RBC Center, as the Cats dropped an 80-76 decision to Seton Hall on March 18, 2004, in an NCAA Tournament Atlanta Region first-round game.
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 145-64 (.694) and 25-17 (.595) 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 1-0 vs. N.C. State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Kevin Parrom’s bucket and free throw with 51 seconds remaining broke a 58-58 tie and Brendon Lavender’s steal and dunk 34 seconds later sealed Arizona’s come-from-behind 63-58 win Thursday in the Fiesta Bowl Basketball Classic. UA trailed by a 20-8 count 10 minutes into the contest and slowly worked its way back by taking care of the ball (season-low eight turnovers) and with solid shooting from behind the arc (10-of-22/.455). Parrom earned Most-Valuable-Player honors with a career-high 14 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Series: Today’s game is the second meeting of the two schools with
Against the Atlantic Coast Conference: All-time,
A rarity: With 1,858 miles separating
A Valuable Effort: In what Coach Miller said was “the best game that his has played at Arizona,” sophomore swingman Kevin Parrom earned Fiesta Bowl Basketball Classic Most-Valuable-Player honors after posting a career-high 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals Thursday vs. Northern Arizona. The 6-foot-6 native of the
Making Them Count: The Wildcats tallied a season-low 63 points in Thursday’s win and needed almost every one of them in what turned out to be a five-point win. Interestingly, it was the fewest points scored for
Rimming, no: Arizona’s shooting eye has been a bit off target recently, as the club has connected on just 40.4 percent (67-of-166) of its field goal attempts in the last three games, while averaging just 67.0 points per game in that span. Certainly, it’s an interesting development for the team that shot a cumulative 51.7 percent (222-of-429) from the field through its first eight games. Incidentally, UA hasn’t lost its shooting eye from the free throw line of late, as it’s sunk 43-of-53 (.811) charity tosses in the last three games.
Gotta Clamp Down: In addition to the offensive struggles mentioned above,
A Long-Distance Connection: With four different Wildcats sinking multiple treys Thursday,
Taking care of the Ball: One of the keys to victory Thursday was
Making a Move: The Cats were able to move past
He’s Gaining on them: Derrick Williams continues to impress with his offensive game, as he leads the team in scoring (19.3), field goal percentage (.631), free throws (70) and offensive rebounds (32), but what continues to open eyes is his ability to hit the trey. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward has connected on an impressive 75.0 percent (12-of-16) of his three-point tosses and continues to gain ground on the team lead. After connecting both attempts Thursday, Williams now has 12 treys on the year, and is just five behind team-leader Jamelle Horne.
We’ll Take it: Brendon Lavender tallied eight points, two assists and a steal in 15 minutes Thursday, but each of those individual statistics was meaningful. The 6-foot-5 junior guard from
A Point Forward: Forward Kevin Parrom has proven himself to be one of
For What it’s Worth: On this date last year, UA had a 4-5 record and would get buzzer-beaters in consecutive games by Nic Wise to up that mark to 6-5 by Christmas.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following this afternoon’s contest, the Wildcats return home for one last game before the Christmas holiday. UA hosts Robert Morris on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tip-off in