Game 23: #2/3 Arizona (21-1, 8-1 P12) vs. Oregon (15-6, 3-6 P12)
Feb. 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPN and WatchESPN (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton/Jeff Goodman)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
National Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91 / Westwood One (Dave Ryan/Jim Jackson)
Rankings: Arizona - 2 (AP)/3 (Coaches); Oregon - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» No. 2/3 Arizona returns to McKale Center to take on Oregon with a two-game lead at the halfway point of the Pac-12 season; dating to last season, UA has won nine of its last 10 Pac-12 games.
» The Wildcats are 70-11 (.864) overall and 34-7 (.829) in conference games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Thursday’s game in the midst of a 17-game home winning streak.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 27 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats recently wrapped up a program-record run of eight-straight weeks as the poll’s top-ranked team.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 101-29 (.777) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona heads into the week ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.6) and fifth in scoring defense (56.8); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 86.3 points per 100 possessions.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.4 percent shooting inside the arc to lead the nation in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 14 of its 22 games; the Wildcats are recording an assist on 57.7 percent of their baskests this season and rank 35th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 28th nationally with a 1.39 ATR on the season; that mark would be the best of Miller’s tenure in Tucson.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 19 of its 22 games this season and ranks sixth nationally with a +9.5 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.390) and defensive (.736) rebound percentage.
» Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.5 second-chance points; UA is outrebounding team 13.3-7.3 on the offensive glass in its last three games.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint at +12.9 points per game in the paint on average; UA is avreaging just 14.3 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 per game a year ago.