No. 1 Men's Basketball to Wrap Up Bay Trip in Berkeley
February 1, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Game 22: #1/1 Arizona (21-0, 8-0 P12) vs. California (14-7, 5-3 P12)
Tip: 8:36 p.m. MST
» Arizona is 5-0 in true road games this season and leads the Pac-12 with 29 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season; UA is in the midst of an nine-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 101-28 (.783) 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 21 games; the Wildcats are recording an assist on 58.2 percent of their baskests this season and rank 21st nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s Pac-12-leading 2.9 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 weekend ranked sixth 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 16th 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 second 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 21 games this season and ranks fifth nationally with a +9.5 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.393) and defensive (.731) rebound percentage.
» Each of the Wildcats’ top four frontcourt players is averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.3 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 48.9 percent of its points this season in the paint.