Scouting report: Arizona
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 12-9 (6-3 Pac-10). RPI rank: 53rd.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Sean Miller is 12-9 in his first year with the Wildcats, 132-56 in his sixth season.
Last season: 21-14, 9-9 Pac-10 (t-5th)
Series: Arizona leads 42-23 all-time in a series the began Dec. 29, 1964. UW has lost four of the last six games to the Wildcats. Arizona is one of only four teams that has a winning record at Hec Ed against UW. (Minimum three games) The Wildcats are 16-15, UCLA 31-29, Kansas 3-0 and UTEP 2-1.
Last meeting: The Wildcats pummeled the Huskies 87-70 Jan. 10 at McKale Center. Arizona led by 10 points (13-3) after eight minutes, held Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas scoreless in the first half and cruised to an easy victory. Jamelle Horne torched UW with a career-high 22 points and he was one of six Wildcats in double-figure scoring. Horne also helped hold Pondexter to a season-low five field goal attempts. He finished with seven points.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— PG Nic Wise is the only senior on the roster. In addition to being ranked 10th in the nation with a .902 (110 of 122) free throw percentage, he’s connecting from long range. Wise has hit 13-of-25 (.520) three-point field goals over his last five games. … During his career, Arizona is 26-10 (.722) when Wise dishes five or more assists … He’s ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.0), second in FT percentage (.902), third in steals (1.9), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6), seventh in assists (3.8) and 10th in minutes played (33.0) … Wise was on the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Bob Cousy Award preseason watch lists
— F Derrick Williams (above, right) is the frontrunner to win the Freshman of the Year award. He’s ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.9), fifth in rebounding (7.3), fourth in FG percentage (.574), third in defensive rebounds (5.2), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.1) and 10th in blocked shots (0.7)
— Arizona has turned it over on average 2.1 fewer times in conference play (12.4 to/g in Pac-10 play and 14.5 to/g non-conference).
— In two wins last week, Arizona posted a +9 turnover margin. The Wildcats are 8-2 this year when they force more turnovers than they commit.
— When Arizona scores 70 or more points, the Wildcats are 11-3 this season.
— Arizona is 9-2 record when leading at the half. Despite holding a 3-7 record when tied or trailing at the break, two of those three wins have come in UA’s last three ball games. Additionally, Arizona has outscored the last six Pac-10 foes in the second half by a combined 49 points.
— Freshman G/F Kevin Parrom returned from a stress fracture in his foot on Dec. 23 and is emerging as a defensive ace. Against Cal, he posted six points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks in a career-high 30 minutes.
— Freshman reserve Solomon Hill dropped 25 pounds in the offseason and weighs 230 pounds. He ranks 19th in the conference with 4.5 rebounds despite coming off the bench.
— Sophomore guard Kyle Fogg is second the Pac-10 in 3-point FG percentage (.453) and sixth in free throw percentage (.814). He averaged 15.9 points during a seven-game streak of double figure scoring that was snapped last week against Cal.
F – Parrom, 6-6, 205, Fr., 3.7 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 1.5 apg.
F – Williams, 6-8, 235, Fr., 15.9, 7.3, 0.7
F – Horne, 6-7, 215, Jr., 10.8, 6.2, 1.5
G – Fogg, 6-3, 185, So., 11.0, 3.1, 2.1
G – Wise, 5-10, 180, Sr., 16.0, 3.4, 3.8
— Arizona’s halfcourt offense begins with it’s ability to pressure the opponent’s interior of the defense with Williams, who is third in the Pac-10 in conference-only games shooting .593 percent (48 of 81) from the field. In their last meeting, Williams drew four fouls in the first two minutes. Tyreese Breshers had two and Darnell Gant and Pondexter each had one. The threat of Williams scoring inside provided Horne open looks on the perimeter. The Huskies will have to neutralize Williams and rebound. They were outrebounded 40-23 in the previous meeting with Arizona.
February 4, 2010 at 12:34 AM
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