Jan. 28, 2011
REMEMBERING WILL HANCOCK: It's not often that members of the Sports Information community step out from behind the scenes, but this weekend SIDs across the nation would like to take a moment to remember the life and accomplishments of Will Hancock. One of the 10 Oklahoma State University personnel killed in a plane crash 10 years ago this week, Hancock served as the media relations director for the OSU men's basketball program. Will was a pillar of the sports information profession and an even better person. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work alongside Will still miss him to this day. A web page remembering Hancock and the others tragically taken can be found at http://www.okstate.com/trads/ten-hancock.html.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA/FOX Sports Arizona/FCS Central (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)
Game Data: Arizona (17-4, 6-2 Pac-10) closes out the weekend homestand by facing off against USC (12-9, 4-4 Pac-10) Saturday at McKale Center ... The contest features the two teams that best control the boards, as UA (29.6) and USC (32.3) rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in rebounding defense ... Seven of the Wildcats' nine 80-plus point games this year have come at McKale Center, and in those games, UA shoots 52.0 percent (193-of-371) from the field ... Five of Arizona's next seven games are on the road ... It's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Weekend, as coaches nationwide will wear sneakers on the sidelines to raise awareness for the fight against cancer and the efforts of the American Cancer Society.
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 153-65 (.702) and 33-18 (.647) 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. USC as a head coach.
Last Time Out:
Scouting USC: The Trojans enter today's game with a 12-9 record (4-4 Pac-10) following a 63-61 win Thursday at
The Series: Today's game is the 96th meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Arizona 86, USC 84 (2OT), March 6, 2010: Nic Wise scored on a lay-up with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give Arizona a two-point win. In a game that featured nine ties and eight lead changes, both teams had chances to close it out but couldn't initially capitalize. UA's Kyle Fogg sank three free throws with two-tenths of a second to go in regulation to force overtime, while USC rallied to overcome a six-point deficit in the first OT.
Speaking of Threes:
Consistently Good: Derrick Williams' 19.8 points per game have been posted in a very consistent manner, with 16 or more points in 17 different contests, and 15, 13, 12 and 14 in the others. He's been the high scorer in all but four games to date and scored 31 against both
Finishing Strong: By shooting 60.9 percent from the floor (14-of-23) in the second half,
It all Evens Out:
On the mark: As mentioned above, Arizona connected on 60.9 percent of its field goal attempts in the second half of Thursday's win, which booted the overall effort to 52.0 percent accuracy (26-of-50) for the game. It's the ninth time this season that UA has shot 50 percent or better from the floor, and the first time in six games. Wildcat starters were a combined 19-of-36 (.528) from the field against UCLA.
Make them Count: The Wildcats attempted a season-low 10 treys Thursday, but still managed to boost the field goal percentage from behind the arc, as the team made six of those attempts, including 4-of-6 in the first half. On the season,
Standing Still: Junior Kyle Fogg notched 14 points, set a season-high with five rebounds, passed out two assists and added a block Thursday vs. UCLA, but he seemingly did most of his work standing still, as he knocked down 12-of-14 free throw attempts in the process. It marked the third time in his career that Fogg has made 10 or more free throws in a single game and the first this season. For the 6-foot-3 guard from
Reaching A Milestone: Senior forward Jamelle Horne shared team-high honors with five rebounds in Thursday's win, giving him an even 500 for his career (4.5 rpg/112 gp). Due to NCAA infractions, his 2007-08 statistics were vacated, meaning the official NCAA record book only recognizes 430 career rebounds for Horne to date, but it is worth noting the moment a milestone number is reached on the court.
Small Contributions: Junior center Alex Jacobson got four minutes of action Thursday vs. UCLA and made them count, collecting an offensive rebound and an assist (the third of his career) in that span. The 7-foot, 251-pound, product of
On the Rise: UA point guard Lamont Jones has enjoyed a boost in productivity of late, averaging 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Thursday vs. UCLA, the sophomore from
Chipping In: As has been the case all season, Jesse Perry just seems to make contributions across the board, as witnessed by seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a block vs. UCLA. In Pac-10 play, the junior forward averages 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following today's tilt,