Dec. 27, 2010
Date: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Location: McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA-TV/FCS Atlantic (Joe Giansante/Rob Closs/Corey Williams)
Game Data: Arizona (11-2, 0-0 Pac-10) opens Pac-10 Conference play Thursday at Oregon (7-5, 0-0 Pac-10) at McArthur Court ... This game was originally scheduled to be the opening of the new Matthew Knight Arena, but that was pushed back until Jan. 13 ... Due to the new Pac-12 scheduling, Arizona isn’t slated to appear in the new Matt Court until the 2012-13 season ... Over the previous 12 seasons, the Wildcats have opened league play on the road in eight of those seasons, and in those opening-weekend road swings UA is 10-5 ... In those same 12 seasons, Arizona is a combined 14-10 on the Oregon road swing, with four sweeps and six splits to its credit ... UA is 2-0 this season in true road games, averaging 78.0 points per game and posting a +18.5 scoring margin.
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 147-64 (.697) and 27-17 (.614) 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 2-0 vs. Oregon as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Derrick Williams and Jesse Perry scored 17 of their 33 points in the second half as
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 67th meeting of the two schools with
FOR (CONFERENCE) OPENERS: Since joining the Pac-10 Conference in 1978-79,
Heating Up: Jesse Perry led
Numbers look Good: Aside from simply looking at the number of wins, the Wildcats have shown marked improvement this season in a number of areas statistically speaking.
Toeing the Line: Bolstering that offensive efficiency is an ability to get to the free throw line. On average,
Getting Defensive: The UA effort on the defensive end of the floor is improved this season, as well, as
On Target: The Wildcats are a more efficient ballclub in 2010-11, shooting 48.4 percent from the field (337-of-696).
Battling on the Boards:
Take Care: The Wildcats are also better at taking care of the ball this season, as the team’s turnover margin (+1.5) and assist:turnover ratio (1.2:1) are both improved over last season’s measure (-1.2/0.8:1). In its last three outings,
He’s Been Really Good: Sophomore forward Derrick Williams continues to be
Hitting His Stride: After missing 14 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, sophomore swingman Kevin Parrom is now fully healthy and making a big impact. The 6-foot-6 native of the
Providing a Spark: Junior forward Jesse Perry has proven to be a spark off the bench and in the starting lineup. In his last two games, the 6-foot-7 native of
Worth Noting: Kyryl Natyazhko pulled down a career-high eight rebounds Dec. 22 vs. Robert Morris to establish a new career high. He pulled those eight boards down in just 16 minutes of action and all on the defensive end, establishing a UA season high.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight’s tilt, the Wildcats ring in the new year with a nationally televised affair at