Jan. 7, 2011
Date: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA-TV/FOX Sports Arizona (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams) and
Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area (Ted Robinson/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: Arizona (13-3, 2-1 Pac-10) quickly returns to action Saturday afternoon by hosting Stanford (9-4, 2-0 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... The Wildcats average 79.8 points per game in nine home games to date ... Thursday’s game was just the third home affair in which UA has failed to score at least 80 points, and two of those contests (Northern Arizona) have been decided by five points or less ... Derrick Williams’ 31 points vs. California was the first 30-point game of his career ... In Pac-10 play, opponents have hoisted 29 more shots than UA, and with turnovers being nearly even (218/224), it falls on free throws and offensive rebounds to give one team an advantage. In that span, UA has taken more free throws (82-75), but surrendered more offensive rebounds (22-33).
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 149-65 (.696) and 29-18 (.617) 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. Stanford as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Derrick Williams scored 19 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and got timely help from his teammates as
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enters today’s game with a 9-4 record (2-0 Pac-10) following a 55-41 win at
The Series: Today’s game marks the 81st meeting of the two schools with
A Sesquicentennial of Sorts: A victory today would be win No. 150 for Sean Miller as a college head coach. Now in his seventh season as a head coach, Miller has a 149-65 (.696) career record. It would also be his 30th win at
Cranking it up: Presently,
Off the Mark: Thursday vs.
Coming From Behind: After falling behind by nine points with 17:12 remaining (41-32), Arizona responded by doing something it hadn’t done all season: battle back and win a game when it trailed with five minutes remaining in the second half (0-3 previously). By that point, UA had cut the deficit to two points and outscored the Golden Bears by four down the stretch. It was the second-biggest deficit the Cats have erased in a win this season, topped only by a 12-point first-half comeback Dec. 16 vs.
Modest Gains: A game after surrendering a 12-5 offensive rebound advantage last Sunday – and a resulting 17-2 advantage in second-chance points – in a one-point loss at Oregon State, Arizona managed to win the battle of the offensive boards Thursday, 10-9, over California. In what was a two-point decision,
Take Care: Through 16 games, it’s been point guard by committee, as Lamont Jones (24 min./game) and Jordin Mayes (15 m/g) have mostly split the minutes. Perhaps what is most impressive in Thursday’s effort was the fact that the UA duo did not commit a turnover in a combined 40 minutes of action. While the three total assists were a modest number, the effort did help
Record-Setting Effort: On the strength of Derrick Williams’ single-game record of 22 free throw attempts Thursday,
The First of a Slew of Derrick Williams Notes: Sophomore Derrick Williams notched a new career high with 31 points Thursday vs. California, which was also the third-highest total for a Pac-10 player this season. The 6-foot-8 forward from
Another Record in the Books: As mentioned above, Derrick Williams established a new
College Boards: Derrick Williams also took care of things at the other end of the floor, as he pulled down a season-high nine defensive rebounds en route to a game-high total of 12. It was the fourth time this season that Williams has reached double figures in the rebounding category. Eight of those 12 rebounds came in the second half. On the year, the 6-foot-8 Williams averages 7.0 rebounds per game.
Doubling Up: His 31-point, 12-rebound effort Thursday gave Derrick Williams his fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.
Off the Bench: Senior Jamelle Horne provided quite a bit of productivity off the bench Thursday, as the forward from San Diego, Calif., tallied 10 points, three rebounds (two offensive), an assist and a steal in 21 minutes. Horne, who made all three field goal attempts, including two key second-half treys, to notch his fifth game in double figures this year and first since Dec. 1 (nine games). On the season, Horne is averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.4 percent (39-of-79) from the floor.
Making an Impact: Lamont Jones tallied six points in Thursday’s win, but he picked the right time to do it, as all those points came in the last four minutes. The 6-foot guard sank two free throws each at the 3:29 and 00:31 marks of the half, and dropped in a bucket at 2:08, which gave UA a four-point lead and positioned the Cats to win the game. As Sean Miller said after the game, “He made only one field goal and it was probably the biggest field goal of the game.”
Progressing: Kyle Fogg registered his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season with 10 points on Thursday to accomplish the feat in consecutive games for just the second time this season. The 6-foot-3 junior guard might be starting to warm up a bit, as he has shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the floor over his last four games. Mired in a season-long slump, Fogg is shooting 37.1 percent (43-of-116) from the floor through 16 games, including 31.3 percent (20-of-64) from three-point range. Interestingly, Fogg has taken five or more shots in 14 of 16 appearances to date, and shot 50 percent or better just five times.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following this afternoon’s game,