Aug. 3, 2012
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Arizona embarks on its seventh foreign tour in program history (1985/1989/1993/1997/2002/2006), and its first under Sean Miller. This marks the second consecutive North American excursion following junkets to Europe and Australia. Here is a look at where the Cats have traveled internationally:
1985: France, Netherlands, Italy
1989: France, Germany, Spain, Canary Islands
2006: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
All time, Arizona has a record of 41-17 (.707) , and is riding a streak of nine consecutive international victories. The Wildcats posted an 8-7 record in 1985, 6-3 in 1989, 9-1 in 1993, 5-4 in 1997, 8-2 in 2002, and 5-0 in 2006.
Coaches often say that foreign trips can be a springboard to success during the regular season, and Arizona can attest to that. In the six seasons immediately following UA's foreign trips, the Wildcats have won 78.7 percent of its games (155-42), averaged 25.8 wins per season, claimed five conference championships and advanced to one Final Four.
UA will play only two games (plus one intrasquad scrimmage) during its five days in the Bahamas, facing the Real Deal Shockers on Saturday, Aug. 11, and the Bahamas All-Stars on Monday, Aug. 13. That's the fewest competitions scheduled for an Arizona foreign tour. Interestingly, it's not the shortest trip. UA managed to squeeze five games into three days during its 2006 tour of Vancouver.
For what it's worth, Miles Simon (19.3 ppg/1997), Channing Frye (19.2 ppg/2002) and Daniel Dillon (12.4 ppg/2006) have been Arizona's leading scorers on the last three foreign trips. Covering those three tours, the Cats have averaged 94.2 points per game in its last 23 international affairs (statistics missing for one game in 1997).
Since that 1997 tour, a Wildcat player has scored 30 or more points in a single game six times. Here is the list:
Jason Gardner, 35 points vs. Sydney Kings, 5/24/2002
Jason Gardner, 34 points vs. Sydney Kings, 6/1/2002
Miles Simon, 32 points vs. Perth Wildcats, 5/30/1997
Channing Frye, 32 points vs. Sydney Kings, 5/23/2002
Michael Dickerson, 31 points vs. Melbourne Tigers, 5/24/1997
Salim Stoudamire, 30 points vs. Cairns Marlins, 5/30/2002
It's also worth noting that Luke Walton posted a triple-double (25 points/14 rebounds/10 assists) against the Sydney Kings on June 1, 2002.