Dec. 21, 2010
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: KWBA/FS Arizona/FCS Atlantic (Dave Sitton/Corey Williams)
Game Data: Arizona (10-2, 0-0 Pac-10) closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule Wednesday against Robert Morris (4-6, 1-1 NEC) in McKale Center ... A win tonight would give the Wildcats 11 non-conference wins in the 2010-11 regular season, its best out-of-conference win total since the 1999-2000 season ... In two games last week, Arizona limited opponents to 40.7 percent shooting (46-of-113) and just 60.0 points per game ... Through 12 games this season, Arizona averages 29.3 points per game from its bench, and reserves have posted eight double-figure scoring efforts ... In seven home games, the Wildcats shoot .503 from the field (188-of-373), average 80.4 points and outscore opponents by an average of 24.1 points per game .
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 146-64 (.695) and 26-17 (.605) 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 1-0 vs. Robert Morris as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Derrick Williams scored a game-high 22 points and
Scouting Robert Morris: The Colonials enter tonight’s game with a 4-6 record (1-1 NEC) following Saturday’s 71-66 loss at Appalachian State. On the season, RMU averages 62.7 points, shoots 39.6 percent from the floor (229-of-579), 32.4 percent (69-of-213) from three-point range and 64.1 percent (100-of-156) from the line. Opponents average 63.4 points, outrebound the Colonials by 1.2 boards per game and shoot 40.7 percent from the floor (207-of-509). Individually, two Robert Morris players average in double-figures, led by Russell Johnson’s 14.6 points per game figure. Johnson also leads RMU with a 7.2 rebounds per game average.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the third meeting of the two schools with
Against the Northeast Conference: All-time,
Follow his Lead: Kevin Parrom guided
That’s Not Right: One anomaly Sunday was NC State’s 45 rebounds — a whopping 23 on the offensive glass — to 31 total by the Cats, their third consecutive rebound setback after eight rebounding advantages in the first nine games (with the other a tie).
Getting Better: Lamont Jones passed out four assists in Sunday’s win, which was his second-highest, single-game total of the season and his best effort since Nov. 26 vs.
Toeing the Line: UA scored 24 points from the line (30 attempts) Sunday in Raleigh, its second-best total of the year and effectively enough to boost the season team percentage to .782, a figure that ranks 10th nationally, though no team ranked above the Cats has made (222) or attempted (284) as many charity tosses.
More on Free throws: As mentioned previously,
Spurt-ability: CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg would have been proud of the
Ball Security: The Wildcats have done a nice job recently of taking care of the ball, as the team has totaled 18 turnovers in the last two outings. That’s the fewest for the program in back-to-back games this season, and the 9.0 average turnovers per game is more than four turnovers per game fewer than the Cats’ season-long average (13.3 to/g).
Getting Defensive: After allowing opponents have a cumulative .510 field goal percentage (78-of-153) in the three previous games, Arizona responded by holding North Carolina State to just 31.8 percent shooting (21-of-66) in Sunday’s win. The .318 FG percentage was the second-lowest opposing FG percentage of the season (Idaho State/.281) and marked the sixth time that
A consistent Effort: On the strength of a season-high 10 free throws, Derrick Williams registered his fifth 20-point game this year, a figure that ties him for the lead in the Pac-10 Conference. Additionally, it was the 40th game with 10 or more points in his 43-game career and his 21st consecutive dating back to last season.
Good at Both Ends: In addition to his offensive exploits, sophomore Derrick Williams is steadily becoming a better defender. The 6-foot-8 native of
Stepping Up: With Jamelle Horne saddled with foul troubles Sunday, junior forward Jesse Perry easily stepped in and produced, connecting on 4-of-7 shots en route to a season-high 10 points – his first double-figure scoring effort as a Wildcat – and grabbed a team-high six boards in 20 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 product of
Stat Sheet Stuffer: To borrow another phrase from Chark Kellogg, Solomon Hill is quickly becoming a stat sheet stuffer. The 6-foot-6 sophomore from
Early Signees: The