Arizona Basketball This Week (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
Jan. 19 W, 71-54 at Arizona State
Jan. 24 vs. No. 24 UCLA (7 p.m. MST, ESPN2)
Jan. 26 vs. USC (5 p.m. MST, ESPNU)
Player of the Week Nominee
Mark Lyons, G, 6-1, 200, Sr., Schenectady, N.Y. (Xavier)
Lyons helped Arizona to a win in its only game this week by totaling a game-high 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals at Arizona, while shooting 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the field and 100.0 percent (6-of-6) from the line. He equaled a season high with both the 24 points and three steals and tallied 15 of those 24 points in the second half, including six in the decisive 15-5 run midway through the period, as the Wildcats pulled away for the 17-point win. It was Lyons' fourth 20-point game this season. Arizona stands at 16-1 on the season (4-1 Pac-12). On the year, Lyons averages 15.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game to go with a .437 field goal percentage.
** Arizona won its only game this week to improve to 16-1 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. To date, three of UA's five Pac-12 games have been away from home and overall the Wildcats are 4-1 in true road games this season, posting a +12.6 scoring margin in those road tilts.
** The Wildcats scored 71 points in Saturday's win at Arizona State, marking the first time the homestanding Sun Devils had allowed more than 70 points in eight games. Additionally, UA held ASU to a season-low 54 points, a figure that was 18.6 points below its season scoring average entering the contest. Arizona held the lead for the game's final 27 minutes Saturday.
** The Arizona defense limited Arizona State to just 39.1 percent (18-of-46) shooting from the field Saturday, holding the Sun Devils to less than 10 field goals each half. It marked the second straight league opponent, (10th foe this season) to fail to break the 40-percent barrier against the Wildcats. Through 17 games, UA opponents are shooting a cumulative .402 (371-of-923) from the field.
** The Cats put together a solid defensive effort Saturday, holding Arizona State to less than 60 points and fewer than 20 field goals. It marks the fourth time this season that Arizona has accomplished the feat with the last time coming against Miami, Fla., on Dec. 23 when UA held the Hurricanes to 19 field goals (in 52 atts./.365) and 50 points in what was a 19-point Arizona win.
** UA continues to do a great job on the glass, as the Cats outrebounded ASU, 33-27. Arizona has outrebounded 14 of 17 opponents to date this season, including the last five consecutive. Currently, Arizona boasts a +9.4 rebound margin and 10 of its 14 positive rebounding efforts this year have been by 10 or more.
** Arizona played Saturday's game with only nine turnovers, which marked the fourth time this season that the team kept its miscues in single digits. Additionally, the Wildcats forced 17 ASU turnovers Saturday and enjoyed an 18-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Through 17 games Arizona has a +1 turnover margin, but the Cats have been far better at converting those miscues into points, as UA averages 5.4 more turnover points per game than the opposition.
** The UA starting frontcourt stood tall in Saturday's win, as the trio of Brandon Ashley, Solomon Hill and Kaleb Tarczewski combined for 20 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers to go with 8-of-19 (.421) shooting, while the Arizona State frontline starters amassed 14 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and 11 turnovers to go with 4-of-18 (.222) shooting. Tarczewski pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to notch his 12th game this year with five or more rebounds.
** Arizona enjoyed sizeable advantages in both points in the paint (32-18) and second-chance points (10-0) in Saturday's win. Much of the damage came in the second half, as UA connected on 56.0 percent of its field goal attempts (14-of-25) with nine of those field goals being either lay-ups or dunks, four of which were credited to Nick Johnson. Further, UA outscored ASU, 42-28, in the second half to mirror a season-long trend that has seen the Wildcats outscore the opposition by an average of 7.8 points in the second period alone. UA connects on 220-of-444 (.495) of its shots from the floor after the halftime break.
** For the second straight game, UA's starting backcourt was stellar, as Mark Lyons and Nick Johnson combined for 43 points (25 in the second half), five rebounds, five assists and five steals at Arizona State, while connecting on 15-of-28 (.536) field goal attempts. A week earlier at Oregon State, the duo tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in a 10-point win. On the season, Lyons and Johnson combine to average 27.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
** Senior forward Solomon Hill continues give the Cats consistent production across the board, as witnessed by his 13-point, six-rebound, season-high, five-assist performance against Arizona State. As Sean Miller said of Hill after the game, "In the moments when the game was in the balance, he answered the bell." The 6-foot-7 Los Angeles, Calif., product connected on 6-of-11 field goals and played a season-high 39 minutes with just one turnover. On the year, Hill averages 13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
** Kevin Parrom tallied eight points and four rebounds in Saturday's win, connecting on 2-of-4 field goals and all four free throws in 24 minutes of action. Over the last 10 games, the senior swingman is averaging 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with a .493 (34-of-69) field goal percentage.