Arizona Basketball This Week (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12)
March 9 W, 73-58 vs. Arizona State
March 14 vs. Colorado or Oregon State (approx. 2:30 p.m. PDT, Pac-12 Networks)
March 15 vs. TBA, Pac-12 Tournament semifinals (6 p.m. PDT, Pac-12 Networks)*
March 16 vs. TBA, Pac-12 Tournament championship (8 p.m. PDT, ESPN)*
Player of the Week Nominee
Nick Johnson, G, 6-2, 200, So., Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep [Nev.])
In Arizona's lone game this week, Johnson led Arizona to victory by posting 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while shooting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the field to go with 3 steals in the 15-point win over Arizona State. The 17 points were the most Johnson had tallied in 12 games, and he logged 36 minutes without a turnover. Johnson is shooting 44.7 percent from the field (119-of-266) in helping Arizona finish the regular season at 24-6 (12-6 Pac-12). On the year, he averages 11.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
** With a win Saturday, Arizona closed the regular season with a 24-6 record overall and a 12-6 mark in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats finished in a tie for second place and secured the No. 4 seed in next week's Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Arizona has earned a top-four seed (and first-round bye) in all four of Sean Miller's seasons at Arizona. Incidentally, UA's 24 wins are the second-best effort during the regular season under Miller, topped only by the 2010-11 squad's 25 wins entering the conference tournament.
** Through Miller's four seasons in Tucson, Arizona is the Pac-12's winningest program in terms of both overall wins (93) and percentage (.694). Additionally, the Wildcats have won a league-best 48 conference games in that span, a total shared with California.
** For the 29th consecutive season, Arizona led the Pac-12 Conference in attendance, averaging 14,157 in 16 regular season home dates. UA posted 10 sellouts in McKale Center in 2012-13, including all nine Pac-12 home games, and went over eight million in total attendance. The Wildcats' average attendance this season was the best for the program since 2007-08 (14,218). Incidentally, Arizona has proven to be strong road draw as well, playing to an average of 130 percent above each team's season attendance average in its nine Pac-12 road games.
** Arizona posted a 35-23 rebound advantage in Saturday's win over Arizona State, which marked its biggest rebound advantage in Pac-12 play. Included in the effort was a 13-3 edge on the offensive glass, which led to a 12-3 UA advantage in second-chance points. It was just the second time this season that Arizona posted a +10 edge on the offensive boards (Jan. 5 vs. Utah). Though 30 games, Arizona carries a +6.3 rebound margin and has outrebounded 22 of 30 opponents this season, including 13 of 18 conference foes. In conference play, UA's rebound margin was +37, but in the last five outings it has bounced to a +5.0 figure.
** The Wildcats forced Arizona State into 17 turnovers in Saturday's game, a figure that equaled a Pac-12 high for the Sun Devils. UA converted those miscues into 21 points of its own and held a +8 advantage in turnover points. On the year, Arizona carries a +0.9 turnover margin and is 16-2 this season when turning it over less than the opposition.
** Playing on his senior day, Kevin Parrom responded with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists. It was his fourth consecutive game in double figures, a career best and, has been a good representation of the increased productivity from the 6-foot-6 swingman since he moved into the starting lineup. In those six games, Parrom is averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent (22-of-27) from the field, including a .545 mark (12-of-22) from three-point range. He now leads the team with a .409 (38-of-93) three-point field goal percentage in his 30 appearances.
** Freshman center Kaleb Tarczewski continues to perform yeoman's work in the middle, as he posted nine points and eight rebounds in the win over Arizona State, connecting on all four field goal attempts. The 7-foot, 255-pound native of Claremont, N.H., is averaging 9.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over his last six games to go with a .645 (20-of-31) field goal percentage, and has grabbed five or more rebounds in game 17 times this season. Overall, Tarczewski is averaging 6.6 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game and is one of two Wildcats with a field goal percentage above 50 percent.
** Forward Brandon Ashley put forth a spirited effort against Arizona State, totaling six points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Four of the 6-foot-8 freshman's rebounds were offensive, and he added a blocked shot in the process. It was his best rebounding game since Feb. 10. On the year, Ashley averages 7.4 points and ranks second on the team with a 5.4 rebounds per game average.
** Junior Jordin Mayes continues to play with renewed energy, as the guard tallied six points and a steal in Saturday's game. He's now posted 17 points in the last three games, while equals his scoring total from the rest of Pac-12 play. In this three-game burst, Mayes has hit 5-of-10 shots from the field. As Sean Miller said in the postgame press conference, "When Jordin got in he played like he did in L.A., his 12 minutes today weren't fill time, they were a productive 12 minutes."
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