Jan. 21, 2011
Date: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Friel Court (11,671), Pullman, Wash.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
Game Data: No. 25 Arizona (15-4, 4-2 Pac-10) travels to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State (14-5, 4-3 Pac-10) Saturday at Friel Court, looking to salvage the weekend with a victory ... In the Sean Miller era at Arizona, the Wildcats are 3-2 in the back end of Pac-10 weekend road games, including a 2-1 record when dropping the first game of the weekend ... The Wildcats are 3-3 in its last six trips to the Palouse with two of those games going to overtime ... In that span, Arizona has averaged just 63.0 points per game ... Washington State has won three straight in the series, equaling its longest series win streak since 1983-84 ... Look for UA to bounce back offensively, as the team has been held to less than 70 points in consecutive games just once this year.
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 151-65 (.699) and 31-18 (.633) 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 0-2 vs. Washington State as a head coach.
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight's game is the 68th meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Washington State 78,
Beaten on the Glass:
In the Opening Period: Thursday in
Tough to Win: En route to its 85-68 win Thursday,
To the Aggressor goes the Spoils: UA coach Sean Miller has often said that the more aggressive team is often rewarded with far more opportunities at the free throw line. Thursday at
Off the Mark: The
Bucking a Trend:
Double-Doubles: Derrick Williams notched his sixth double-double of the season Thursday, collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds against
Streaking: Aside from posting three double-doubles in his last four games, sophomore Derrick Williams is enjoying a small burst of productivity of late. Over the last four games, Williams is averaging 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting .636 (28-of-44) from the field. In that span, Williams is averaging nearly 13 free throw attempts per game.
More Attempts: En route to his game-high 22 points Thursday, Derrick Williams equaled a season high with 15 field goal attempts at
Showing up with Regularity: With an ability to finish with contact, It's no surprise that Derrick Williams practically lives at the free throw line. What's most impressive is that his ability to get to the line has improved in Pac-10 play. Through 19 games, 36.9 percent of his points scored (139-of-377) have come from the free throw line, where he averages 9.5 free throws per game. In Pac-10 play, 38.9 percent of his points (49-of-126) have come from the line, where he is averaging 12 free throws per game. To further that point, Williams has attempted 53 field goals in conference play and 72 free throws.
Shoring up the Frontline: Junior forward Jesse Perry put forth a solid effort Thursday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and a block in a season-high 24 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 product of
A Solid No. 2: Sophomore Solomon Hill registered 12 points and two rebounds against
Ten for 12: Lamont Jones tallied his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season Thursday. He connected on 4-of-10 field goal attempts in a season-high 28 minutes played. Six of his points and both assists came in the second half.
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game,