Game 5: #5/4 Arizona (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Rhode Island (3-1, 0-0 A10)
Nov. 19, 2013 • 9 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 9:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPNU and WatchESPN (Dave Flemming/Sean Farnham)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85; XM 85
Rankings: Arizona - 5/4; Rhode Island - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» No. 5/4 Arizona will vie for a trip to New York on Tuesday when it faces Rhode Island NIT Season Tip-Off West Regional championship game; the game will be the Wildcats’ fifth in a 12-day stretch to open the season.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, head coach Sean Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 84-28 (.750) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA is 30-4 (.882) under Miller in non-conference home games and has won its last 10 non-con games at McKale Center; the Wildcats are 21-5 (.808) under Miller in the month of November.
» A balanced and efficient UA effort propelled Arizona past Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, as six Wildcats scored in double figures and the team shot .544 from the floor; UA had just five turnovers and limited FDU to .310 shooting.
» The Wildcats have been balanced on the offensive end throughout the early going, with four players averaging double figures heading into Tuesday night’s contest; those four players are all averaging between 6.3-10.5 field goal attempts per game and are collectively shooting 57.8 percent (78-of-135) from the field.
» Pac-12 assists leader T.J. McConnell has orchestrated an offensive attack that is operating at 53.6 percent from the floor, while averaging 27.0 free throw attempts in its first four games; McConnell has accounted for 43.9 percent (29-of-66) of Arizona’s assists thus far on the season.
» Sean Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint over the season’s first four games, more than doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +22.5 points per game in the paint on average this season.
» UA is shooting 57.9 percent from two-point range this season, while limiting opponents to 32.4 percent shooting inside the arc; Arizona is averaging 6.5 blocks per game through four contests after averaging 3.8 a year ago.
» Thanks in part to its interior success, UA’s rotation players have combined to shoot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc in four games; the team is averaging 15.0 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 a year ago.
» UA has gotten great production from Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the early going; Gordon has three double-doubles and Hollis-Jefferson leads the squad in free throw attempts (21); the two freshmen are combining to average 5.5 offensive rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.» UA is striving to continue an upward trend that saw the Wildcats progress from 108th nationally in adjusted defense in 2009-10 to 32nd nationally a year ago; the Wildcats have limited opponents to 32.4 percent shooting from the field and 32.5 percent from long range over their first four games.