March 10, 2011
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Time: 6 p.m. PST
Location: Staples Center (19,282), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 1 seed Arizona (25-6, 14-4 Pac-10) remains in Los Angeles for the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and advances to the semifinal Friday night at Staples Center against No. 4 seed USC (19-13, 10-8 Pac-10) ... Arizona's 18 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 9-8 in tournament play, snapping a three-game tournament losing streak with a win over Oregon State on Thursday ... The number 70 looms large in conference tournament action as Arizona is 9-3 since 2002 when scoring 70 or more points and 0-5 when it does not ... In 14 Pac-10 Tournament appearances all-time, Arizona has now advanced to the semifinals eight times (1988, '89, `90, 2002, '04, '05, '06, '11) where the Cats have a 5-2 record to date.
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 162-68 (.704) and 42-21 (.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 2-2 vs. USC as a head coach.
Last Time Out: A quick 9-0 burst early in the second half quickly pushed a one-point game to double digits and gave
The Series: Tonight
Last Meeting: USC 65,
On Target: Derrick Williams connected on 8-of-12 field goals, including 5-of-6 from three-point range to finish with 22 points Thursday against
Relying on the Trey: Of the 29 buckets Arizona tallied Thursday, 11 of those came from behind the arc, as Arizona hit 11-of-21 (.524) three-point attempts, marking the 12th time this season that the Cats have made 10 or more treys in a single game. Incidentally,
Board Work: Led by Solomon Hill's career-high 11 rebounds,
Not Too Often: Arizona usually has been a club that gets off to a good start, but that wasn't the case Thursday, as Oregon State led by as many as seven points through the early part of the first half before UA rallied. The simple fact that OSU held a 22-19 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first half marked just the eighth time this season that the Cats did not hold the lead at that point. Through 32 games,
Gotta Get Better: The Wildcats shot a respectable .475 (29-of-61) from the field Thursday, but was outdone by
A Slow Start: Sophomore swingman Kevin Parrom earned his first start of the season Thursday (10th career) and proved to be a difference maker, as he tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block and steal. However, he was a little sluggish out of the gate (no points, one rebound, one assist) and didn't really get going until the second half, when he connected on 5-of-9 shots, grabbed six rebounds and passed out three assists. The finished product is what he's certainly capable of, as he's averaging 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds to go with a .519 field goal percentage (84-of-162).
A Monstrous Effort: Forward Solomon Hill put forth one of his best all-around efforts Thursday, registering nine points, a career-high 11 rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 30 minutes of action. The 6-foot-6 sophomore from
20-Point Games: On the strength of some stellar shooting by Derrick Williams, the product of
Subtle Contributions: The statistics may not wow you, but Jesse Perry and Kyryl Natyazhko made solid contributions to Thursday's win. Perry, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from
Stolen Moments: In a game that saw 20 total steals, it was nice to see
Up Next: Following tonight's game, Arizona will either play in Saturday's championship at 3 p.m. PST on CBS or return home to await word on further postseason participation.