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No. 4/5 Men's Basketball Kicks Off NCAA Tournament Friday

March 17, 2014
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ARIZONA BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 35: (1) Arizona (30-4, 15-3 P12) vs. (16) Weber St. (19-11, 14-6 Big Sky)
March 21, 2014 • 11:10 a.m. MST • San Diego, Calif. • Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (12,414) 

Tip: 11:10 a.m. MST
Television: TNT (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 94; XM 193 (Westwood One broadcast)
Rankings: Arizona - 4 (AP)/5 (Coaches); Weber State - NR (AP)/NR (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com 

Game Storylines
» Arizona will open its 31st NCAA Tournament, and third under head coach Sean Miller, on Friday when it faces Big Sky champion Weber State at 11:10 a.m. MST; UA is a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in program history and the first since 2003.

» In its two previous NCAA Tournament trips under Miller, Arizona advanced to the 2011 Elite Eight and the 2013 Sweet 16; UA has 15 Sweet 16s, nine Elite Eights, four Final Fours and one national championship in its NCAA history.

» UA collected a league-high 10 Pac-12 postseason honors, including Player of the Year (Nick Johnson), Freshman of the Year (Aaron Gordon) and Coach of the Year (Miller); two of the five members of the both the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and All-Freshman Team wear Arizona colors.

» This season marks Arizona’s 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for fourth nationally in that time; UA is tied for second on the program’s single-season victories chart with 30 wins this season.

» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 32 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats are one of 10 teams that has been ranked in every AP poll this season and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot.

» Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 110-32 (.775) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats have a Pac-12-best three 25-win seasons since Miller took over in Tucson.

» Arizona is ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (58.1) and seventh in field goal percentage defense (38.1); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 86.9 points per 100 possessions.

» The Wildcats are looking to become the first UA team to lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense since the school joined the league in 1978; its current mark of 58.1 per game would be its best since allowing just 55.3 per contest in 1950-51.

» Arizona’s interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.5 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA also ranks 18th nationally at just 16.4 fouls per game.

» UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 21 of its 34 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 league-leading 3.07 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 18th nationally with a 1.45 ATR on the season; UA’s average of 10.4 turnovers per game would be the best mark in program history.

» Arizona has won the rebounding battle 26 times this season and ranks fourth nationally with a +8.4 rebound margin; UA is one of only four teams to rank in the top 25 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.


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