Game 33: #4/4 Arizona (29-3, 15-3 P12) vs. Colorado (23-10, 10-8 P12)
March 14, 2014 • 6 p.m. MST • Las Vegas, Nev. • MGM Grand Garden Arena (16,800)
Tip: 6:06 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson/Don MacLean)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 157; XM 190
Rankings: Arizona - 4 (AP)/4 (Coaches); Colorado - NR (AP)/NR (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
» After winning its 13th regular-season Pac-12 title and posting its best league record since the 2004-05 season, fourth-ranked Arizona will continue its quest for its fifth Pac-12 Tournament title on Friday when it faces Colorado at 6 p.m. MST.
» The Wildcats’ four Pac-12 Tournament titles are a league high; UA is in the midst of the second-best four-year run in program history, having won 109 games since the start of the 2010-11 season.
» UA collected a league-high 10 Pac-12 postseason honors, including Player of the Year (Nick Johnson), Freshman of the Year (Aaron Gordon) and Coach of the Year (Sean Miller); two of the five members of the both the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and All-Freshman Team wear Arizona colors.
» This season marks Arizona’s 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for fourth nationally in that time; UA is tied for fifth on the program’s single-season victories chart with 29 wins this season.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 32 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats are one of 10 teams that has been ranked in every AP poll this season and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot.
» Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 109-31 (.779) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats have a Pac-12-best three 25-win seasons since Miller took over in Tucson.
» Arizona is ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (58.1) and ninth in field goal percentage defense (38.2); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 86.5 points per 100 possessions.
» The Wildcats are looking to become the first UA team to lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense since the school joined the league in 1978; its current mark of 58.2 per game would be its best since allowing just 55.3 per contest in 1950-51.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.8 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA ranks 20th nationally at just 16.5 fouls per game.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 20 of its 32 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 league-leading 2.98 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 21st nationally with a 1.43 ATR on the season; UA’s average of 10.5 turnovers per game would tie the best mark in program history.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle 25 times this season and ranks fifth nationally with a +8.5 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams to rank in the top 25 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.