Game 9: #2/2 Arizona (8-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. UNLV (3-3, 0-0 MWC)
Dec. 7, 2013 • 3:15 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 3:15 p.m. MST
Television: ESPN2 (Roxy Bernstein/Miles Simon)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136; XM 195
Rankings: Arizona - 2/2; UNLV - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Arizona will look to win its 13th-straight non-conference home game and run its record to 9-0 on Saturday when it hosts UNLV in the fourth edition of the White Out; the Wildcats are ranked second in both polls this week, their highest ranking under head coach Sean Miller.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Sean Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 88-28 (.759) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA is 32-4 (.889) under Miller in non-conference home games; the Wildcats are 61-11 (.847) overall at McKale Center during Miller’s tenure.
» Heading into the week, Arizona ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense and 13th in scoring defense; opponents are shooting just .358 and scoring 59.2 points per game against UA on the year.
» Long and athletic on the perimeter, UA has hassled opposing shooters into a 27.7 percent mark from three-point range this season, including a total of 18-of-77 (.234) in its last five games.
» Arizona’s post defense has been stellar in the early going, limiting opponents to 39.2 percent shooting inside the arc and averaging 6.1 blocks per game; last season’s UA team averaged only 3.8 blocks per contest.
» Point guard T.J. McConnell has orchestrated an offensive attack that is operating at 51.3 percent from the floor, while averaging 27.1 free throw attempts per game; McConnell ranks seventh nationally in assists (6.9/game) and leads the Pac-12 with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
» Sean Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +14.1 points per game in the paint on average and shooting 55.9 percent from inside the arc this season.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in each of its eight games this season and ranks fourth nationally with a +14.4 rebound margin; frontcourt starters Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski are all averaging at least 6.5 rebounds per contest.
» The Wildcats have been deadly from the arc in five games at McKale Center this season, shooting .459 (39-of-85) in those contests.
» Guard Nick Johnson has been scintillating over Arizona’s last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest; he is shooting 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from three-point range over that stretch.