Feb. 21, 2011
Date: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Galen Center (10,258), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA-TV/FCS Pacific/FOX Sports Arizona Plus (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Audio
Game Data: Tenth-ranked Arizona (23-4, 12-2 Pac-10) opens the final road trip of the regular season Thursday at USC (15-12, 7-7 Pac-10) in the Galen Center ... The Wildcats look to improve on its 7-2 road record this season, its most true road wins since 2006-07 ... UA averages 76.6 points per game in its seven Pac-10 road games to date ... Contrasting styles will be in effect, as Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (78.4) and FG percentage (.480), while USC leads the league in scoring defense (63.0) and is second in FG percentage defense (.411) ... UA is 1-3 at the Galen Center, and those games have been decided by an average of 6.3 points.
The Rankings: Currently,
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 159-66 (.707) and 39-19 (.672) 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 2-1 vs. USC as a head coach.
Last Time Out: A Solomon Hill put-back with 22 seconds to go and a Derrick Williams blocked shot with 1.8 seconds remaining enabled
Scouting USC: The Trojans enter tonight's game with an 15-12 record (7-7 Pac-10) following Saturday's 69-53 win at Stanford. On the season, USC averages 67.0 points, shoots 44.5 percent from the floor (658-of-1478), 36.6 percent (169-of-462) from three-point range and 64.1 percent (323-of-504) from the line. Opponents average 63.0 points, are outrebounded by 1.0 boards per game and shoot 41.1 percent from the floor (590-of-1434). Individually, three USC players average in double-figures, led by Nikola Vucevic's 17.1 points per game figure. Vucevic also leads USC and the Pac-10 with a 10.2 rebounds per game average.
The Series: Today's game is the 97th meeting of the two schools with
Player of the Week: Derrick Williams led
Four Scored: The Wildcats placed four players in double figures Saturday on the way to 87 points, the highest for the Wildcats in regulation during Pac-10 play. It marks just the fifth time this season that
The Last Line of Defense:
Better than our Average: For a team that ranks 22nd nationally in free throw percentage in the most recent NCAA rankings, the Wildcats enjoyed a stellar week from the line in posting wins over
Solid at Both Ends: Certainly much is made of Derrick Williams' offensive production, but the 6-foot-8 forward's defensive production Saturday were incredibly beneficial, as well. In addition to his 26 points, Williams grabbed 11 rebounds (seven defensive), blocked two shots and added a pair of steals. And it was his blocked shots with two-tenths of a second remaining that secured the one-point win over
A Dominant Effort: Look no further than the rebounding totals to see where Saturday's showdown was won.
Making it Tough on yourself: It's not often that a team can win despite turning the ball over eight more times than the opposition, but
Every Shot Counts, but some Count More: UA made the most of its made field goals Saturday, as 11 of the team's 30 made buckets came from behind the arc. Not only the number, which equaled the second-highest single-game total of the season, but the efficiency was key as the Cats connected on 61.1 percent of those attempts (11-of-18). Seven different Wildcats made treys in the game, led by Lamont Jones, who sank three treys.
Step Right Up: Jesse Perry posted 11 points, six rebounds and two assists against
Coming on Strong: Kevin Parrom reached double figures for the eighth time (10th career) this season vs.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game, the Wildcats close the road portion of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 26, with a contest at UCLA. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on FSN.