Game 25: #2/3 Arizona (23-1, 10-1 P12) vs. Arizona St. (18-6, 7-4 P12)
Feb. 14, 2014 • 7 p.m. MST • Tempe, Ariz. • Wells Fargo Arena (10,734)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPN (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 85; XM 85
Rankings: Arizona - 2 (AP)/3 (Coaches); Arizona State - RV (AP)/NR (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» No. 2/3 Arizona makes the short trip to Tempe in search of its fourth-consecutive win over in-state rival Arizona State; dating to last season, UA has won 11 of its last 12 Pac-12 games.
» Arizona is 5-1 in true road games this season and 7-1 in games away from McKale Center; UA owns a Pac-12-best 29 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 28 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 103-29 (.780) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona heads into the week ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.8) and fourth in scoring defense (57.0); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 86.8 points per 100 possessions.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.7 percent shooting inside the arc to rank first nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 15 of its 24 games; the Wildcats have gotten double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 23rd nationally with a 1.42 ATR on the season; UA is 6-1 this season in games decided by five points or less.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 20 of its 24 games this season and ranks sixth nationally with a +9.1 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.390) and defensive (.735) rebound percentage.
» Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.7 second-chance points; UA is outrebounding teams 14.7-7.3 on the offensive glass in its last three games.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint at +13.3 points per game in the paint on average; UA is averaging just 14.3 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 per game a year ago.