March 7, 2011
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: approx. 2:40 p.m. PST
Location: Staples Center (19,282), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Don MacLean)
Game Data: No. 1 seed Arizona (25-6, 14-4 Pac-10) travels to Los Angeles for the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and opens play in the second quarterfinal Thursday afternoon ... Arizona's 17 wins and four championships (1988-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center in 2002, the Cats are 8-8 in tournament play having dropped the last three ... The number 70 looms large in conference tournament action as Arizona is 8-3 since 2002 when scoring 70 or more points and 0-5 when it does not ... Since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, no Pac-10 school has won as many regular-season conference championships as Arizona's 12.
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 161-68 (.703) and 41-21 (.661) 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 4-0 vs. Stanford and 1-3 vs. Oregon State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: A balanced offensive attack paved the way as
The Stanford Series: A quarterfinal match-up would mark the 83rd meeting of the two schools with
Pac-10 Honors: Derrick Williams and Sean Miller were named Pacific-10 Conference Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as the league announced its postseason honors Monday. It marks the seventh time a Wildcat player has earned the honor, and the first since Jason Terry in 1999. Miller joins Lute Olson as UA mentors to win Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors. A seven-time honoree, Olson last won the award in 2003.
Seeding Note: The Wildcats enter the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed. In the 14-year of the Pac-10 Tournament , Arizona has been a No. 1 seed five times (1988, `89, 2003, `05, `11), No. 2 three times (1987, 90, 2002) No. 3 once (2004), No. 4 twice (2006, 10), No. 5 twice (2007, 09) and a No. 7 seed once (2008). Additionally, no other Pac-10 team has played in as many conference postseason tournament games as
Finishing Strong: Kyle Fogg led
Making the Leap: Under the direction of Sean Miller, the Wildcats have posted a nine-win improvement over last season's 16-15 record, and a four-win improvement in Pac-10 play. That's the biggest single-season improvement for
On target: The Wildcats found its shooting eye Saturday, connecting on 56.0 percent of its shots (28-of-50) against
Battling on the Boards: As has been the case for much of the season,
Dropping Dimes: In a pair of games this week,
Record-Setting Effort: Sophomore Derrick Williams battled foul trouble in posting modest totals of 14 points (5-of-7 FG) and five rebounds in 22 minutes vs.
Interchangeability: All season long,
Answering the Call: Senior Jamelle Horne got the Senior Day start Saturday, his first since Dec. 19, and responded with 10 points, a rebound and an assist in 20 minutes. The 6-foot-7 forward connected on 3-of-5 shots, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, en route to his first game in double figures since Jan. 9, a span of 14 games. For the season, Horne is averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the team with 36 three-point field goals.
A Rise in Production:
In Reserve: Sophomore center Kyryl Natyazhko proved to be productive in Saturday's win, amassing six points, four rebounds and an assist. The point total equaled a Pac-10 high for the 6-foot-10 native of
Assisting the Cause:
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following today's game,