A Player’s Preview: Baylor

Arizona looks for non-conference home win #53 in a row against the Bears

Arizona suffering 2nd war woes

TUCSON, AZ - The Arizona Wildcats will open a five-game homestand Saturday night with a 9 p.m., contest against Baylor Bears.

UA (7-3) will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with three home games in eight days, before breaking for the holidays and returning for a pair of Pac-12 games to open the conference season.

Arizona has won 52 consecutive home non-conference games. The Wildcats last suffered a home non-conference loss in 2011 versus San Diego State.

Sophomore guard Brandon Randolph is averaging 17.1 points per game this season. He averaged 3.7 points per game last year as a freshman. His scoring improvement of 13.4 is the best of any Power 5 player this season and would be the best by any Arizona player since at least 1976.

Redshirt junior center Chase Jeter has taken 16 charges in 10 games this season.

The Bears (5-3) are coming into to Tucson off a loss to Wichita State.

Baylor has four players scoring in double figures this season led by senior guard King McClure and sophomore forward Tristan Clark who are both averaging 14 points per game. Clark is blocking three shots per contest.

Saturday’s contest marks the first matchup between Baylor and Arizona since 1997.

The Wildcats have won the previous two matchups and four of the past five against the Bears. It will mark the first meeting between Sean Miller and Scott Drew as coaches.

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