Feb. 15, 2011
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
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: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Twelfth-ranked Arizona (21-4, 10-2 Pac-10) hosts Washington State (17-8, 7-6 Pac-10) Thursday at McKale Center ... With two-thirds of the conference schedule in the rearview mirror, Arizona will play four of its last six regular season games at home ... Through 13 home games to date, Arizona is averaging 79.4 points per game in McKale Center to go with a 50.1 field goal percentage (340-of-678) ... UA has topped the 80-point plateau in its last three home games ... Tonight's game features the top two scorers in the Pac-10 Conference: WSU's Klay Thompson (20.6 ppg) and UA's Derrick Williams (19.2 ppg) ... It is also a match-up of the Pac-10's top shooting club (UA/.481) against the top FG percentage defensive team (WSU/.387).
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 157-66 (.704) and 37-19 (.661) 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 1-2 vs. Washington State as a head coach.
Last Time Out: Kyle Fogg exploded for a career-high 26 points to lead
The Series: Tonight's game is the 69th meeting of the two schools with
Beware of the Fogg: Kyle Fogg led
Off the Mark: Outside of Kyle Fogg and Derrick Williams, who combined to connect on 11-of-18 attempts, the rest of the Wildcats were off the mark Sunday at Arizona State, as the club shot 40 percent from the field (20-of-50). It was the third-lowest single-game field goal percentage of the season, and the 20 made field goals equaled a season low. That effort was a bit of an anomaly for the Wildcats, as the team leads the Pac-10 and ranks 12th nationally with a .481 field goal percentage (643-of-1336).
It was Tougher on Them: As mentioned above,
On the Glass: One of
Taking Care of the Ball: It might not seem like much, but
Starting Fast: The Wildcats jumped out to a 34-24 halftime lead Sunday at
20-Point Games: Bolstered by a career-high 26 points, Kyle Fogg recorded his first 20-point game of the season, and the 18th for
The Century Mark: By knocking down a season-best six treys in Sunday's win Kyle Fogg now has 104 career three-point field goals. Averaging 1.14 made treys per game in his 91-game career, the 6-foot-3 junior guard from
Not to Be Overlooked: Sometimes it's easy to overlook a guy like Jesse Perry, but the junior forward continues to fill up the boxscore. Sunday at
Contributing to Victory: After averaging 19.0 ppg in his previous four games, Lamont "MoMo" Jones found an important way to contribute to a win Sunday, despite totaling just two points. The 6-foot sophomore guard passed out a career-high six assists at
Making An Adjustment: Freshman guard Jordin Mayes continues to re-emerge as an offensive threat. Over his last two outings, the 6-foot-2 native of
Toeing the Line: The Wildcats connected on 18-of-21 free throws (.857) Sunday at
Early Signees: The
Up Next: Following tonight's game,