Arizona Wildcats wear down another opponent — Washington — into season-low scoring


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WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

ARIZONA 71, WASHINGTON 62
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Nick Johnson SG 34 36 .944
*Aaron Gordon SF 33 35 .943
*Brandon Ashley PF 13 29 .448
*T.J. McConnell PG 15 35 .429
Gabe York SG 6 17 .353
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 7 21 .333
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 8 27 .296
LESS THAN 10 MIN
None
TOTAL TEAM 116 200 .580

HITTING A LOW AGAINST ARIZONA
Teams that have scored season-low points against Wildcats
*Neutral court (Madison Square Garden)

Opponent Points Date Result
@San Diego St. 60 Nov. 14 69-60 UA
F.-Dickinson 50 Nov. 18 100-50 UA
*Duke 66 Nov. 29 72-66 UA
UNLV 58 Dec. 7 63-58 UA
NMSU 48 Dec. 11 74-48 UA
Southern 43 Dec. 19 79-43 UA
NAU 44 Dec. 23 77-44 UA
Wazzu 25 Jan. 2 60-25 UA
Washington 62 Jan. 4 71-62 UA


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Washington has challenged Arizona as much as any Pac-12 team with a 13-11 record against the Wildcats since the 2003-04 season. Only UCLA, next on Arizona’s schedule, has a better record against the Wildcats in that span with a 14-10 record.

In many of Arizona’s 13 losses to the Huskies, who featured NBA talent like Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas, Lorenzo Romar’s team was too much on the offensive end for Arizona.

Arizona allowed Washington to score at least 80 points in eight of those defeats with three of them over 90. Robinson scored a career-high 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting from the field when Washington beat Arizona 96-83 in Seattle in 2004.

An Associated Press report of that game mentioned that Lute Olson could do nothing “except sit back in his chair with a palm flattened against his cheek” while watching Robinson and the Huskies roll.

Ten years later, Arizona has reversed the Washington dominance by winning three consecutive games, including Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats have allowed the once-potent Huskies an average of only 55.7 points in those three games.

Washington was off to a potentially high score with a 35-33 halftime lead Saturday but mustered only 27 points in the second half. They shot only 30.3 percent from the field after halftime, including an 0-for-7 performance from the three-point line. Washington’s best player, guard C.J. Wilson, made only 4 of his 13 attempts in the second half after making 4 of 6 before halftime.

Olson’s palm was ripe from cheering this time from the McKale stands as he watched Arizona’s defense take down the Huskies.

“That’s what good teams do, battle through adversity,” said Nick Johnson, who staked an early claim to Pac-12 Player of the Year consideration with 24 points.

Washington’s 62 points is a season-low for the Huskies, who were averaging 80.3 points before the game. The Wildcats have limited an amazing eight teams, including the Huskies, to a season-low total this season (see graphic).

LOWEST HIGH SCORE ALLOWED IN A SEASON
BY ARIZONA WILDCATS AT McKALE CENTER

* Seven home games remaining

Points Opponent Result Season
62 Cal Poly 73-62 (W) 2013-14*
62 Washington 71-62 (W) 2013-14*
72 California 79-72 (W/2OT) 1985-86
73 Oakland 75-73 (W) 2011-12
73 Oregon State 81-73 (W/OT) 2011-12
74 Stanford 66-74 (L) 1983-84
74 Oklahoma 78-74 (W) 1989-90
74 UCLA 83-74 (W) 1989-90

It’s no secret how Arizona is so successful: Defense and rebounding in the paint. It’s not steals and perimeter shooting. Arizona’s long, athletic and intimidating presence in the paint with Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon makes scoring inside and rebounding a chore.

They wear down the opponent and Arizona’s perimeter players (Johnson, T.J. McConnell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Gabe York) are the knockout blow with their athleticism and abilities. Opponents crumble in the second half, shooting only about 35 percent from the field and 25 percent from three-point range.

“With so many big bodies, you’re banging that entire time, down the stretch, we could have just gotten worn down a little bit physically,” Romar told the Seattle Times. “Our guys gave it everything they had. Our guys battled and were physical. I thought our guys were tough.

“And after so long, maybe down the stretch, it just got to us — their length.”

TOP FIVE ARIZONA REBOUNDING TEAMS

Margin Team Avg Opp Games
19.3 1950-51 59.5 40.2 30
12.0 2013-14 40.1 28.1 15
9.7 1976-77 46.7 37.0 27
8.3 1975-76 47.2 38.9 33
8.1 1998-99 41.7 33.6 29

UNLV’s Twin Towers — Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith — combine to average an incredible 24.2 points and 22.6 rebounds a game. Against Arizona on Dec. 7, they combined for 22 points but only 16 rebounds (Smith had only six) in the Wildcats’ 63-58 win. That is a season-low in rebounds for Smith, who had 21 boards against ASU’s Jordan Bachynski (9.5 rebounds a game) earlier this season.

Washington’s inside presence of Perris Blackwell (12 points and 12 rebounds) and Shawn Kemp Jr. (nine points and three rebounds, all in the first half) played adequately. But each got in foul trouble banging against Tarczewski, Gordon and Ashley and were non-factors down the stretch.

“It’s tough,” Wilcox told the Seattle Times. “We got to work, especially with this small lineup. Every shot that goes up, that’s when the war begins and we had to try to keep them off the glass.

“The first half we did a good job at that. The second half, they were relentless on the glass. That’s a main reason why they’re No. 1.”

ARIZONA BEST STARTS

Record Team Finish Coach
16-0 1931-32 18-2 Fred Enke Sr.
15-0 2013-14 ??? Sean Miller
14-0 2012-13 27-8 Sean Miller
12-0 1987-88 35-3 Lute Olson
9-0 1914-15 9-0 Pop McKale
9-0 1921-22 10-2 James Pierce

ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Nick Johnson SG 15 15 346 457 .757
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 15 2 227 348 .652
Kaleb Tarczewski C 13 12 217 335 .652
Aaron Gordon SF 15 15 296 454 .646
Brandon Ashley PF 15 15 271 424 .639
T.J. McConnell PG 15 15 221 454 .487
Gabe York SG 15 1 136 288 .472
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 8 0 21 41 .512
Elliott Pitts SG 6 0 8 35 .229
Jordin Mayes PG 14 0 13 86 .151
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 7 0 11 19 .579
Trey Mason SG 6 0 7 16 .438
Erik Conklin F 6 0 7 16 .438
Drew Mellon F 5 0 2 11 .182
Zach Peters C 4 0 -3 16 -.188
TOTAL TEAM 1770 3000 .590

ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:

Name (Year) G S PP MIN PR
Derrick Williams (2011) 38 38 1190 1141 1.043
Sean Elliott (1989) 33 33 1128 1125 1.003
Chris Mills (1993) 28 28 838 870 .963
Sean Elliott (1988) 38 38 1167 1249 .934
D. Stoudamire (1995) 30 30 964 1092 .883
Mike Bibby (1998) 35 35 905 1124 .805
Jason Terry (1999) 29 29 877 1107 .792

ARIZONA AS NO. 1 TEAM

Season Rec. Pct.
1987-88
December 21-January 3 3-1 .750
January 11-February 7 6-1 .857
1988-89
February 6-February 12 1-1 .500
February 27-March 13 5-0 1.000
1997-98
November 20-November 30 4-1 .800
2000-01
November 20-November 26 3-1 .750
2002-03
November 23-December 22 5-1 .833
January 20-February 2 3-1 .750
February 10-March 16 7-1 .875
2013-14
December 9-January 5 6-0 1.000
TOTAL 43-8 .843

ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Jan. 4 Washington 71-62 (W) .580 Nick Johnson SG 34 36 .944
Jan. 2 Washington St. 60-25 (W) .510 Kaleb Tarczewski C 20 22 .909
Dec. 23 NAU 77-44 (W) .660 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 30 27 1.111
Dec. 19 Southern 69-43 (W) .535 Aaron Gordon SF 28 29 .966
Dec. 14 Michigan 72-70 (W) .530 Kaleb Tarczewski C 23 26 .885
Dec. 11 N.M. State 74-48 (W) .555 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 22 23 .957
Dec. 7 UNLV 63-58 (W) .450 T.J. McConnell PG 29 35 .829
Dec. 3 Texas Tech 79-58 (W) .570 Brandon Ashley PF 32 28 1.143
Nov. 29 Duke 72-66 (W) .590 Kaleb Tarczewski C 21 28 .750
Nov. 27 Drexel 66-62 (W) .505 Nick Johnson SG 31 36 .861
Nov. 19 Rhode Island 87-59 (W) .685 Nick Johnson SG 39 26 1.500
Nov. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson 100-50 (W) .890 Nick Johnson SG 30 20 1.500
Nov. 14 San Diego State 69-60 (W) .490 Nick Johnson SG 29 31 .935
Nov. 11 Long Beach State 91-57 (W) .790 Brandon Ashley PF 28 21 1.333
Nov. 8 Cal Poly 73-62 (W) .565 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 21 .952

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.



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