No. 4/4 Men's Basketball to Continue Road Swing at Utah
February 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
ARIZONA PRESS RELEASE
Game 26: #4/4 Arizona (23-2, 10-2 P12) vs. Utah (17-8, 6-7 P12)
Tip: 8:07 p.m. MST
» Arizona is 5-2 in true road games this season and 7-2 in games away from McKale Center; UA owns a Pac-12-best 29 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season.
» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 29 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats had a program-record run of eight-straight weeks as the poll’s top-ranked team earlier this season.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 103-30 (.774) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona heads into the week ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.9) and fourth in scoring defense (57.5); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 86.5 points per 100 possessions.
» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.8 percent shooting inside the arc to rank third nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA ranks 16th nationally at just 16.2 fouls per game.
» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 16 of its 25 games; the Wildcats have gotten double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.
» Paced by T.J. McConnell’s 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 29th nationally with a 1.38 ATR on the season; UA’s ATR (1.38) and turnover average (10.8) would be the best in the Miller Era and its assist rate (57.1) would rank second.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in 21 of its 25 games this season and ranks fourth nationally with a +9.5 rebound margin; UA is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.389) and defensive (.741) rebound percentage.
» Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game as UA outscores its opponents by an average of 6.5 second-chance points; UA is outrebounding teams 15.5-6.8 on the offensive glass in its last four games.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint at +12.7 points per game in the paint on average; UA is averaging just 14.4 three-point attempts per game after averaging more than 20 per game a year ago.