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A Player's Program: Washington State preview


After going 23 days without a game inside the McKale Center, the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats will place their second game in three days on their home court. UA will host the Washington State Cougars at 7:30 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, January 16 on the Pac-12 Networks.

Washington State head coach Ernie Kent enters his second head-to-head meeting with Arizona in year two of his tenure in Pullman. Including his 13 seasons as the head coach at Oregon (1997-2010), UA holds a mark of 19-9 (.679) against Ernie Kent-coached teams.

The Cougars have been led this season by captains, roommates and juniors, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu. Hawkinson leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 and 11.4 boards a game, while Iroegbu has 14.3 ppg game and leads with 4.3 assists per game.

Combined the forward and guard are shooting .556 (174-for-313) from the field and are accounting for 39 percent of the Cougar’s points this season.

Kaleb Tarczewski has played some of the most effective offensive basketball of his career against Washington State. He is averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his four career appearances against the Cougars while shooting a scorching 81.0 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

Arizona’s current eight-game winning streak against the Cougars is the second longest win streak in the all-time series between the two programs. The Wildcats won 38 consecutive meetings from 1986 to 2005.

Senior forward Ryan Anderson is one of a dozen players to average a double-double in the nation. His five consecutive double-doubles in December and January were the most by an Arizona player in four decades.

UA is coming off a 99-67 victory over Washington on Thursday evening in the McKale Center. The Wildcats used 70.4 percent shooting from the field in the second half to win by the largest margin of victory by either program in the last 45 meetings of the all-time series. Arizona defeated UW 95-62 in Tucson on March 3, 1994.

Kaleb Tarczewski has posted a double-double in his last three games. This comes on the heels of Ryan Anderson’s streak of five consecutive double-doubles to give Arizona eight consecutive games of at least one double-double recorded. No Arizona team has had eight-straight games with at least one double-double recorded since joining the Pac-12 Conference prior to the 1978-79 season.

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