No. 1 Men's Basketball Returns to Court against Colorado
January 23, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Game 19: #1/1 Arizona (18-0, 5-0 P12) vs. Colorado (15-4, 4-2 P12)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MST
» The Wildcats are 68-11 (.861) overall and 32-7 (.821) in Pac-12 games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Thursday night’s affair in the midst of a 15-game home winning streak.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 36 weeks, the ninth-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; the Wildcats are currently in their program-record seventh-consecutive week atop the polls.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 98-28 (.778) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 13 of its 18 games; the Wildcats had seven players reach double-digits in last Thursday’s win over Arizona State.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 28th nationally with a 1.40 ATR on the season; that mark would be the best of Miller’s tenure in Tucson.
» Utilizing several players who can guard multiple positions, Arizona heads into the week ranked fifth nationally in both scoring defense (56.7) and field goal percentage defense (.370); opponents are shooting just .291 from beyond the arc this season, a mark that ranks 22nd in the nation.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 17 of its 18 games this season and ranks fifth nationally with a +10.6 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.403) and defensive (.732) rebound percentage.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.1 percent shooting inside the arc to rank third nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +13.9 points per game in the paint on average and has scored 48.2 percent of its points this season in the paint.
» One of the better teams nationally at not fouling, UA has almost made almost as many free throws (295) than its opponents have attempted (314); the Wildcats are averaging 24.4 free throw attempts per game, an increase of almost four per outing from a year ago.