No. 1 Men's Basketball Starts Bay Area Trip Wednesday at Stanford
January 29, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Game 21: #1/1 Arizona (20-0, 7-0 P12) vs. Stanford (13-6, 4-3 P12)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MST
» Arizona is 4-0 in true road games this season and leads the Pac-12 with 28 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season; UA is in the midst of an eight-game Pac-12 winning streak that dates back to last season.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 37 weeks, tied for the eighth-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; the Wildcats are currently in their program-record eighth-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 100-28 (.781) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 14 of its 20 games; the Wildcats are recording an assist on 57.9 percent of their baskests this season and rank 17th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 28th nationally with a 1.41 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 fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.2) and fourth in scoring defense (56.7); the Wildcats have also been one of the nation’s best at not fouling, ranking 15th nationally at just 16.3 fouls per game.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.2 percent shooting inside the arc to rank third nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA is also averaging a full block per game better than last season.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 18 of its 20 games this season and ranks fifth nationally with a +10.1 rebound margin; UA is one of only four teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.406) and defensive (.728) rebound percentage.
» Each of the Wildcats’ top four frontcourt players is averaging at least 2.0 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.6 second-chance points per game.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +14.2 points per game in the paint on average and has scored 49.3 percent of its points this season in the paint.