Game 20: No. 8 Arizona (17-2, 5-2) at Washington (12-8, 4-3)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. PST
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton)
GAME Data: No. 8 Arizona (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) heads out on the road to the State of Washington first to face Washington (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) Thursday in Seattle ... The Wildcats are averaging 73.7 points per game in conference play, while the Huskies are surrendering just 64.7 ppg in that span ... UA has a 4-1 record in true road games this year, outscoring foes by 12.6 points and outrebounding them by 8.4 boards per game ... This is Arizona's last game in January, traditionally a good one for Sean Miller and the Cats, as the team is 21-10 (.677) during the month in the last three-plus seasons.
Scouting Washington: The Huskies enter today's game with a 12-8 record (4-3 Pac-12) following Saturday's 81-76 loss at Oregon. On the season, Washington averages 69.4 points per game, shoots 44.0 percent from the floor (489-of-1,112), 37.0 percent (119-of-322) from three-point range and 68.8 percent (291-of-423) from the line. Opponents average 66.6 points, are outrebounded by 3.0 per game and shoot 42.9 percent from the floor (492-of-1,146). Individually, four UW players average in double figures, led by C.J. Wilcox's 19.0 ppg figure. Aziz N'Diaye leads the Huskies in rebounding at 9.2 rebounds per game.
The Series: Today's game marks the 73rd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 44-28 series advantage. UW has won 10 of the last 18 meetings, including the last, 70-54 in Seattle on Feb. 16, 2012. All-time, Arizona is 26-7 in series games played in Tucson, 17-18 in Seattle, Wash., and 1-3 in neutral site games. For more series information, please see page 50 in the UA media guide.
Last Meeting: Washington 70, Arizona 54, Feb. 16, 2012: Washington's backcourt duo of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten proved nearly insurmountable and C.J. Wilcox hit two key treys in the second half to fully swing momentum as the Huskies pulled away. UW got 42 points in the paint and held a 14-5 advantage in turnover points as UA saw its five-game win streak end. Nick Johnson led four Arizona players in double figures with 20 points, while Solomon Hill and Kyle Fogg combined for 19 rebounds.
If the Cats Win Thursday Night... it would mark the 10th time in program history that UA has started 18-2 or better through its first 20 games of the season. Since 1928-29 – the first time the Wildcats played more than 20 regular-season games – Arizona has posted a 19-1 record twice (1946-47, 1987-88) and an 18-2 record seven times (1928-29, 1931-32, 1942-43, 1949-50, 1988-89, 1992-93, 2002-03).
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