Jan. 18, 2011
Date: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Newly ranked No. 25 Arizona (15-3, 4-1 Pac-10) heads to Seattle, Wash., to face No. 20 Washington (13-4, 5-1 Pac-10) Thursday at Bank of America Arena ... First place is on the line in the Pac-10 standings for the teams who rank 1-2 in the league in terms of victories, scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense and rebound margin ... The Wildcats are 2-3 in its last five trips to Bank of America Arena with those games being decided by an average of six points ... The cumulative points scored in that span is UW 421, UA 411 ... Arizona averages 76.1 points per game in seven games away from home this year, to go with a .481 FG percentage (176-of-366).
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 151-65 (.699) and 31-18 (.633) 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 1-1 vs. Washington as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Powered by Derrick Williams’ fifth double-double of the season,
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the 68th meeting of the two schools with
It’s Nice to be Noticed: Sean Miller’s rebuilding efforts took another step forward Monday, as the Wildcats returned to the national rankings.
Against Ranked Opponents: When Arizona takes the court tonight against No. 20 Washington, it will mark the Wildcats’ third game this season against a nationally ranked foe – L, 87-79 to No. 6 Kansas/L, 87-65 to No. 18 BYU). Since the Associated Poll debuted during the 1949 season,
Player of the Week: Derrick Williams earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors Monday after totaling 31 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in
Signs Point to Success: Over the last three games, Arizona’s point guard combination of Lamont Jones and Jordin Mayes have become more efficient, totaling 14 assists against only five turnovers in 120 minutes played. The 2.8:1 assist:turnover ratio is more than twice as good as their combined ratio for the season (1.3:1).
Not Exactly Close:
Strong on the Glass: The Wildcats continue to do a solid job on the boards, as the club outrebounded Arizona State, 35-21, on Saturday, which was the 10th time this year that Arizona has posted a rebound margin of +10 or more in a single game. UA’s rebound margin this season is +6.7, and that figure improves to +8.0 in Pac-10 play.
Capitalizing on the Opportunities: Led by Derrick Williams (15-of-16) and Solomon Hill (7-of-8),
Heating Up: Derrick Williams equaled a career high with 31 points Saturday, marking the second time in the last three games that the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward tallied 31 points. In that span, Williams is averaging 25.3 ppg, while shooting 69.0 percent from the field (20-of-29) and sinking 33-of-44 (.750) free throws. The native of
Doubling Up: Williams notched his fifth double-double of the season Saturday, collecting 31 points and 10 rebounds against
Living at the Line: It’s no secret that Derrick Williams practically lives at the free throw line. What’s most impressive is that his ability to get to the line has improved in Pac-10 play. Through 18 games, 37.7 percent of his points scored (134-of-355) have come from the free throw line, where he averages 9.7 free throws per game. In Pac-10 play, 42.3 percent of his points (44-of-104) have come from the line, where he is averaging 13 free throws per game. To further that point, Williams has attempted 38 field goal attempts in conference play and 65 free throw attempts.
Helping the Cause: Junior forward Jesse Perry put forth a spirited effort in Saturday’s win, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 product of
Not to Be Overlooked: Sophomore Solomon Hill tallied 11 points and four rebounds (three offensive) against
High-Water Marks: In defeating its intrastate rival Saturday,
Early Signees: The
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