Feb. 8, 2011
Date: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. MST
Location: Wells Fargo Arena (10,734), Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Fifteenth-ranked Arizona (20-4, 9-2 Pac-10) closes a three-game road trip at Arizona State (9-14, 1-10 Pac-10) Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena as part of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series ... It's the first of three consecutive national television appearances for the Wildcats (2 FSN/1 ESPN) ... The Wildcats and Sun Devils meet on the hardwood for the 220th time ... The last six series meetings at Wells Fargo Arena have been decided by an average of 6.7 points per game with thee decided by three points or less and one overtime affair; UA has prevailed in four of those six tilts ... Saturday's triple overtime win at California was the first time the Cats had topped the 100-point plateau in the Sean Miller era.
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 156-65 (.706) and 36-18 (.667) 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 3-2 vs. Arizona State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: It took three overtimes to do so, but
The Series: Today's game is the 220th meeting of the two schools with
A Boost in Productivity: Lamont Jones led
A Score of Wins: For a program that used to roll to 20-win seasons as easily as the printing of Confederate money,
A Few Mind-Clearing Notes: With a pair of wins last week,
A Nice Contribution: Simply put,
Every Man Counts:
Battling on the Boards: Led by Derrick Williams' 18 rebounds (14 defensive boards),
He's Pretty Good, Too: Derrick Williams wrapped up another solid week by averaging 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in UA's pair of wins to go with a .591 (13-of-22) field goal percentage. He opened the week with 21 points and eight boards Thursday at Stanford and followed that up with 12 points and 18 rebounds Saturday at
Scoring 20: With two guys scoring 20 or more points in Saturday's win (Jones 27/Parrom 25), it marked the first time this season that two Wildcats scored 20 or more points in the same game. On the season,
42 for Three: Senior Jamelle Horne connected on 3-of-4 three-point attempts at
Winning the Close Ones: With an average scoring margin of 11.8 points per game,
In Reserve: Two UA backcourt reserves, Jordin Mayes and Brendon Lavender, made the most of their field goal Saturday at
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game, the Wildcats return to action on Thursday, Feb. 17, hosting