Jan. 4, 2011
Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Don MacLean)
Game Data: Arizona (12-3, 1-1 Pac-10) returns to the comforts of McKale Center Thursday night to host California (7-6, 0-1 Pac-10) ... After missing a chance to get its first conference road sweep since the 2008-09 season, the Wildcats open a three-game homestand in the facility where the program has won 72 percent of its conference home games in the previous two seasons (13-5) ... Heading into the home portion of the Pac-10 schedule, Arizona averages a robust 80.6 points per game in eight home dates this season to go with a .504 field goal percentage (214-of-425) ... Interestingly, California averages 72.0 points per game in two true road games this season, 6.1 points better than its overall scoring average (65.9 ppg) ... This is the second of nine national television appearances for the Cats during conference play (7 FSN/2 ESPN).
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 148-65 (.695) and 28-18 (.609) 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. California as a head coach.
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 81st meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: California 95,
Late Nights In
Get It Going: Kevin Parrom helped
On the Mark: The Wildcats continue to shoot the ball well, connecting on 53-of-95 attempts (.558) last weekend in
Following Suit: The
Hopefully, That’s An Anomaly: It would be hard to imagine that a team that leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th nationally in free throw shooting could connect on a meager 13-of-24 (.542) of its attempts in any single game, but that’s what happened to the Wildcats on Sunday, which makes it a bit more crushing in a one-point loss. Through 15 games,
Is it Magic?: “Schoolhouse Rock” says that three is a magic number, but is that really true? During last week’s Oregon road swing, Arizona shot 55.8 percent from the field (53-of-95), but one-third of those attempts came from behind the arc. The Cats did manage to make 12 of the 32 long-range attempts (.375), but it begs the question as to whether the Cats should look inside a bit more. Over the road trip,
Halftime Adjustment: Bolstered by 9-of-12 shooting, Lamont Jones registered his second 20-point game of the season Sunday at
Fill ‘er Up: Sophomore forward Derrick Williams set a Arizona season high Sunday by connecting on all six field goal attempts en route to 16 points. The 6-foot-8 native of
Blocks aplenty: Last week in
Simmering: Kyle Fogg registered his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season with 10 points on Sunday to go with three rebounds. The 6-foot-3 junior guard might be starting to warm up a bit, as he has shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the floor over his last three games. Mired in a season-long slump, Fogg is shooting 36.1 percent (39-of-108) from the floor through 15 games, including 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from three-point range.
Bucking a trend: As mentioned previously,
That’s Gotta Change: Sunday’s game saw Arizona endure a statistical double whammy, as the club amassed a season-low nine assists and equal a season high with 19 turnovers. Additionally, UA’s 9:19 assist:turnover ratio was the fifth negative ratio of the season and was
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight’s contest,