Game 20: #1/1 Arizona (19-0, 6-0 P12) vs. Utah (14-5, 3-4 P12)
Jan. 26, 2014 • 6 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 6:07 p.m. MST
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Justin Kutcher/Jarron Collins)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91
Rankings: Arizona - 1/1; Utah - NR/NR
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Off to its best start in Pac-12 play since the 2002-03 season, top-ranked Arizona heads into Sunday night’s showdown needing a victory to establish a new program record for longest winning streak.
» The Wildcats are 69-11 (.863) overall and 33-7 (.825) in Pac-12 games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Sunday night’s affair in the midst of a 16-game home winning streak.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 36 weeks, the ninth-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; the Wildcats are currently in their program-record seventh-consecutive week atop the polls.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 99-28 (.780) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 13 of its 19 games; the Wildcats are recording an assist on 58.6 percent of their baskests this season.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 25th nationally with a 1.43 ATR on the season; that mark would be the best of Miller’s tenure in Tucson.
» Utilizing several players who can guard multiple positions, Arizona heads into the week ranked third nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.0) and fourth in scoring defense (56.7); opponents are shooting just .294 from beyond the arc this season, a mark that ranks 26th in the nation.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.0 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 17 of its 19 games this season and ranks fifth nationally with a +10.1 rebound margin; UA is one of only two teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.400) and defensive (.730) rebound percentage.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +14.2 points per game in the paint on average and has scored 48.9 percent of its points this season in the paint.
» One of the better teams nationally at not fouling, UA has almost made almost as many free throws (303) as its opponents have attempted (328); the Wildcats are averaging 23.9 free throw attempts per game, an increase of almost four per outing from a year ago.