Game 27: #4/4 Arizona (24-2, 11-2 P12) vs. Colorado (20-7, 9-5 P12)
Feb. 22, 2014 • 7 p.m. MST • Boulder, Colo. • Coors Events Center (11,064)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MST
Television: ESPN (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton/Holly Rowe)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 85; XM 85
Rankings: Arizona - 4 (AP)/4 (Coaches); Colorado - NR (AP)/NR (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» Fourth-ranked Arizona visits Colorado on Saturday night in search of its third win in a row over the Buffs and its first victory in Boulder since 1973.
» Arizona is 6-2 in true road games this season and 8-2 in games away from McKale Center; UA owns a Pac-12-best 30 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 29 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats had a program-record run of eight-straight weeks as the poll’s top-ranked team earlier this season.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 104-30 (.776) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats are a win away from matching the fifth-best four-year win total in program history.
» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona is ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.1) and fourth in scoring defense (57.7); 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 41.0 percent shooting inside the arc to rank third nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA ranks 16th nationally at just 16.3 fouls per game.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 17 of its 26 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 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 29th nationally with a 1.36 ATR on the season; UA’s assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover average (10.9) would be the best in the Miller Era.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 21 of its 26 games this season and ranks fourth nationally with a +8.9 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.386) and defensive (.737) rebound percentage.
» Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 5.9 second-chance points; UA is outrebounding teams 14.6-8.0 on the offensive glass in its last five games.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint at +11.9 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.