Arizona Basketball This Week (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
Jan. 3 W, 92-83 (ot) vs. Colorado
Jan. 5 W, 60-57 vs. Utah
Jan. 10 at Oregon (6 p.m. PST, ESPN2)
Jan. 12 at Oregon State (5 p.m. PST, ESPNU)
Player of the Week Nominee
Solomon Hill, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax H.S.)
Hill led Arizona to a pair of wins this week by averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field, 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from three-point range and 90.0 percent (9-of-10) from the line. He opened the week with 15 points and eight rebounds in the overtime win over Colorado, notching 13 of those points in the second half and overtime period. Against the Buffaloes, Hill connected on 4-of-8 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws, while three of his team-high eight rebounds were offensive. He followed that up with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds, an assist and steal in the win over Utah. Hill connected on all three treys and 6-of-7 field goals in the three-point win, including a key three-point field goal with 4:59 to go that pushed a one-point lead to four. The win pushed Arizona's record to 14-0 on the season (2-0 Pac-12), which is the best start for the program in 60 years. On the season, Hill averages 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game to go with a .451 field goal percentage.
** With a pair of wins this weekend to open Pac-12 play, it marks the first time in the Sean Miller era that Arizona has opened conference play 2-0. In fact, it's the first time since 2006-07 that the Wildcats have been 2-0 in Pac-12 action after the first weekend of the conference schedule.
** Arizona outrebounded both Colorado (44-33) and Utah (38-27) by +11 margins and have outrebounded 11 of 14 opponents to date this season. Interestingly, 10 of those 11 positive rebounding efforts this year have been by 10 or more. Both Colorado and Utah carried a rebound margin of +5.0 or better entering the games against Arizona. Through 14 games, Arizona holds a +10.3 rebound margin.
** Led by Kaleb Tarczewski, much of Arizona's rebound dominance came on the offensive glass, as the Cats posted a cumulative 33-14 offensive rebound advantage in the wins over Colorado and Utah. Saturday against the Utes, Arizona held an 18-8 advantage on the offensive glass, marking the fifth time this season that Arizona has posted an offensive rebound advantage of eight or more. Individually, nine of Tarczewski's 13 rebounds this weekend were offensive, including a season-high seven Saturday against Utah. His efforts help Arizona enjoy a +6.0 advantage per game when it comes to second-chance points. Further, Arizona has pulled down 12 or more offensive boards in a game nine times this year, including the last five consecutive.
** Through 14 games, the Wildcat defense is allowing an average of 60.7 points per game. Counting Saturday's 57-point effort against Utah, the Wildcats have held eight opponents to less than 60 points in 2012-13. UA's current 60.7 ppg scoring defense figure is the lowest of the Sean Miller era and the lowest for the program since 1984-85 (60.3 ppg).
** Through 14 games, Arizona is averaging 14.0 turnovers per game, but the Cats have sharpened that up in its last three, averaging just 10.0 turnovers in the wins over San Diego State, Colorado and Utah. Included in that span were the two lowest turnover figures of the season: 8 vs. San Diego State and 9 vs. Utah. On the season, Arizona posts a +6.7 ppg advantage in points off turnovers, and in the last three games the margin is 43-26. In Saturday's three-point win over Utah, the advantage was 11-2 in Arizona's favor.
** Arizona connected on just 36.2 percent of its field goal attempts (21-of-58) Saturday against Utah, winning its third game this season (at Clemson/SDSU/Utah) when it misses more than 60 percent of its field goal attempts. On the season, Arizona is 5-0 when shooting worse than the opposition. On the season, Arizona shoots 46.3 percent (355-of-766) from the floor and limits the opposition to 39.8 percent (304-of-764).
** On the surface, a season-low 11 free throws made and 12 free throw attempts might raise eyebrows, but in a three-point game Arizona outscored Utah 11-8 from the charity stripe – Utah and Arizona, the Pac-12's two best free throw shooting teams combined to make 19-of-21 attempts in the contest. Arizona has outscored the last 13 opponents from the free throw line and on average scores 7.5 more points per game from the line than its opponents.
** Over the last four games Kevin Parrom has been one of Arizona's most productive players, averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. In that span, the 6-foot-6 swingman has connected on 58.8 percent of his field goal attempts (20-of-34), including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from three-point range. Through 14 games, Parrom is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
** It was another week of strong finishes for Mark Lyons, this time from the free throw line. Thursday vs. Colorado, Lyons equaled a career high with 10-of-10 free throws made, including a pair with nine seconds remaining in regulation that tied the contest and was 3-of-3 in overtime. Saturday vs. Utah he was 5-of-6 from the line, including two free throws with seven seconds to go that provided the final margin. Fifteen of Lyons's 36 points this week came from the line, and he leads Arizona with a .883 (53-of-60) free throw percentage. He finished Saturday's game with 12 points, marking the 75th game in double figures in his college career.
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