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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Scouting Arizona

Derrick Williams.JPG
Scouting report: Arizona
Game info: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at McKale Center.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
ARIZONA
Record: 7-8, 1-2. RPI rank: 61
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Sean Miller has a 7-8 record in his first year with the Wildcats, 127-155 overall (six years).
Last season: 21-14 overall, 9-9 Pac-10 (T-5th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2009 (Lost 103-64 to Louisville in the Sweet 16)
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: Arizona leads 42-23 in a series that began Dec. 29, 1964 with a UW loss.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Guard Nic Wise is the only senior on Arizona’s roster. He passed Mike Bibby and moved into 38th place on Arizona’s career scoring list with 1,064
Photo credit: AP PHOTO – John Miller
points (10.7 ppg). Wise leads the Pac-10 and is ranked seventh nationally in free throw percentage at 93.1 percent (67 of 72). He sank a three-pointer in the first half on Friday, which snapped an 0-for-8 stretch dating back to Dec. 23. Wise is second on the team in made treys and at his current pace of 1.4 per game, he’s on pace to move in the school’s top 10 all-time list.
— Freshman forward Derrick Williams (above, right) set a school record with 21 FT attempts (13 made) on Nov. 23 against Wisconsin. He had 25 points and eight rebounds in that game. Williams is Arizona’s most versatile player, who can play all three spots on the frontline. He’s also one of the top freshmen in the Pac-10 who leads freshmen in scoring and rebounding.
OVERVIEW:
— Arizona is an extremely young team that has four freshmen among the top nine scorers.
— The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points in 6 of their 7 wins.
— Arizona is last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense allowing 72.7 points per game.
— UW averages 4.3 more offensive boards than its opponents, while the Wildcats grab an average of 2.7 fewer offensive caroms than the opposition.
— The Wildcats have lost 3 of the past four games. They’re 5-3 at home with losses to UNLV, BYU and WSU.
— Miller blamed Friday’s 78-76 loss to Washington State on the Arizona guards inability to play solid defense and keep the Cougars out of the lane.
— After today, Arizona plays 5 of its next 7 games on the road.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Williams, 6-8, 235, Fr., 14.9 ppg. 6.7 rpg., 0.7 apg.
F – Jamelle Horne, 6-7, 215, Jr., 11.4, 7.1, 1.6.
F – Solomon Hill, 6-6, 230, Fr., 8.3., 4.8, 1.7
G – Kyle Fogg, 6-3, 185, So., 9.3, 3.0, 1.8
G – Wise, 5-10, 180, Sr., 15.1, 3.2, 4.0
KEY MATCHUP:
— The Nic Wise-Isaiah Thomas matchup figures to be entertaining, but UW will need to figure out a way to combat Williams if it wants to snap a two-game losing streak. Williams is the type of player, an athletic big man that runs the floor and is explosive around the rim, who has given the Huskies fits. UW will likely rotate several players on Williams starting with Tyreese Breshers, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. What might help UW is Williams propensity to get into foul trouble.

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