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February 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Scouting report: Arizona

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No. 12 ARIZONA
Game info:
3 p.m. Saturday at McKale Center
TV/Radio: ESPN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 22-4, 11-2 Pac-10. RPI rank: 17.
Previous game: Beat Washington State 79-62.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Sean Miller is 38-19 in his second season with the Wildcats and 158-66 in seven years.
Series: Arizona leads 43-25 in a series that began in 1964. Washington has won seven of the last nine meetings, including the past four games. Miller is 1-2 against UW and coach Lorenzo Romar is 10-9 vs. Arizona.
Last meeting: Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and distributed 11 assists to lead Washington to an 85-68 victory on Jan. 20 at Edmundson Pavilion. Arizona took a 44-43 lead with 16:03 left in the second half and the Huskies outscored them them 42-24 the rest of the way. Justin Holiday added 22 points and Matthew Bryan-Amaning finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. The UW trio overpowered Arizona’s sophomore star Derrick Williams (right) who tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Williams is not only a Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate, he’s a national POY contender. His highlights are amazing. He injured his right pinky on his shooting hand three weeks ago, but it hasn’t slowed him down. He’s scored in double figures in every game this season and Thursday he tallied 26 points and 12 rebounds against Washington State. Williams has developed into an explosive offensive player who can score from anywhere on the court. He’s able to dribble drive to the basket. He can post up in the paint. And he’s recently added a three-point shot to his vast array of skills. Williams also does an outstanding job of drawing fouls. He’s attempted 239 free throws, the most of anyone in the Pac-10. Defensively, Williams has 24 steals, 17 blocked shots and he’s averaging 8,0 rebounds.
— Sophomore point guard Lamont Jones leads the Pac-10 with an 85.1 free throw percentage. After a rocky start this season, he’s averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 assists in the last 10 games. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 13 after averaging 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in wins over UCLA and USC.
— Junior guard Kyle Fogg is not only Arizona’s best perimeter defender, he’s a streaky three-point shooter. He’s taken more treys than any other Wildcat. He connected on six three-pointers last week against Arizona State. Fogg also leads UA with 76 assists. He’s the second most experienced player on the team.


OVERVIEW:
— Arizona is a very deep team. Miller runs a 10-man rotation and nobody averages more than 30 minutes and fewer than 10 minutes per game. In nonconference play, Williams was a one-man show. In conference season, his supporting cast has accepted larger roles.
— Arizona returns four starters from last season and the Wildcats have started the same lineup in the past 14 games.
— Sophomore reserve forward Kevin Parrom is UA’s glue guy. He does a little bit of everything. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a 42.2 three-point percentage. He’s led the Wildcats in assists in eight games. Parrom has a little nasty streak in him as well. He’s a tough defender.
— Forward Jamelle Horne is the only senior on the roster and he lost his starting job to junior college transfer Jesse Perry. The move could have splintered the team, but Horne has settled into a role as a reserve. He’s a deadly three-point shooter and was the catalyst in the win at Washington State.
— The Wildcats have a seven-game wining streak, including a triple overtime win at California and a two-point victory at Washington State.
— On Thursday Arizona connected on 24 of 26 free throws and nearly broke a 60-year-old school record for single-game free throw percentage.
— The Wildcats suffered a shocking upset 76-75 loss at Oregon State.
— Arizona averages 14,396 home attendance, which leads the Pac-10. It’s going to be a whiteout today, in which fans will wear white tops.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Derrick Williams, 6-8, 241, So., 19.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg.
F – Jesse Perry, 6-7, 210, Jr., 5.8, 3.9
F – Solomon Hill, 6-6, 226, So., 8.5, 4.7
G – Kyle Fogg, 6-3, 180, Jr., 7.8, 2.6 apg.
G – Lamont Jones, 6-0, 196, So., 7.6, 2.4 apg.
KEY MATCHUP:
— Slowing down Williams is Washington’s top priority. The Huskies must defend him without fouling. They don’t have a lot of depth and they’ll throw a 2-3 zone at Williams. The Wildcats have seen a lot of zone this season and it hasn’t slowed them down. Williams is an active player and he attacks offensively in a variety of ways. The Huskies can take advantage of him defensively. In a pair of games last season, Williams was a non-factor because he was in early foul trouble. Also keep an eye on Thomas, the other Pac-10 POY candidate on the court. He’ll likely draw Fogg as a defender.

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