Arizona Basketball

Nick Johnson finding his groove again at right time

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G: Games played. S: Number of starts.
BP: Bench points. A player gets three points if he is first off the bench, two if second and one if third. Shows Sean Miller’s rotation.
ASU: Productivity points against ASU
AMIN: Minutes played against ASU
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
TMIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)
NOTE: Player must average at least 10 minutes a game to be listed in primary rotation

Nick Johnson has turned up his productivity significantly in the last two games

Nick Johnson has turned up his productivity significantly in the last two games

LAS VEGAS — When Kaleb Tarczewski tried to take a charging foul and instead took a knee to the stomach, Nick Johnson turned to the large Arizona crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and raised his hands for them to cheer.

Johnson was not suggesting they cheer for Tarczewski getting the wind knocked out of him in the second half of Arizona’s 79-69 win over Colorado. He wanted them to chant “Zeuuuuus” — Tarczewski’s nickname — and they did. Loud. And they also cheered.

Johnson obviously has his swagger back and that translated to a team-best 29 productivity points in 35 minutes. In the UA’s victories over ASU and Colorado in the last two games, Johnson has posted 57 productivity points in 71 minutes (a productivity rating of .803. His season productivity rating stands at .582.

“I think I’m now just getting in my groove, getting back, you can say,” Johnson said. “I took it personally (after struggling against Colorado in five previous meetings). I wanted to play well and hit my open shots.”

Johnson, a sophomore, ended his personal slump against Colorado by making six of seven field goal attempts, including both attempts from three-point range. In his five previous games against the Buffaloes, Johnson made only 9-of-28 field goals, 4-of-22 from three-point range.

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Kaleb Tarczewski no longer considers himself a freshman

Kaleb Tarczewski no longer considers himself a freshman

As far as Tarczewski is concerned, he said he is fine after Colorado’s Andre Roberson inadvertently kneed him in the stomach on the play with 16:29 left in the second half.

He had only four points and five rebounds in only 23 minutes but that was a result of Colorado going with a smaller four-guard lineup after post player Josh Scott got in foul trouble in the first half.

When asked about his development overall — Tarczewski was an honorable-mention selection for the Pac-12 All-Freshman team — he said that he no longer considers himself a freshman.

“I’m starting to get my feet under me,” Tarczewski said. “I don’t really watch other post players. I watch myself a lot after practice. I break down film and see where I can improve. That really helps me out, whether it’s not dipping the ball or getting in the right position.

“A lot if it is more about confidence and getting a feel for the game with increased speed. Everyone else is doing a good job getting me the ball in position for me to score.”

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Hill is 27 points from No. 20 career scoring leader Joe Noels, who had 1,409 points from 1976-80. He is 10 rebounds shy of No. 10 career rebounding leader Jordan Hill (no relation), who produced 763 from 2006-09.
Solomon Hill is on the brink of joining an elite group of scorers and rebounds in UA history

Solomon Hill is two games shy of his first Pac-12 Tournament title

Arizona has lost the last two conference tournament championship games on the last possession and the Wildcats have not won a title since 2002. They also lost in the 2005 championship game to Washington. The Wildcats are two games away from achieving that elusive goal.

“it would mean everything to me (to win the title),” Arizona senior Solomon Hill said. “It would mean everything to me to really end with a win here and be able to cut down the nets and wear the hats and the T-shirts.”

Hill’s seven rebounds led Arizona. The Wildcats were out-rebounded by Colorado 33-31 but UA coach Sean Miller was pleased with the Wildcats’ toughness.

“When you have those similarities and qualities,” Miller said of Arizona’s matchup with Colorado, “and then you play really, really hard and play to win, many times the game plays itself out like it did here today.”

Defensive Rebounding Percentage (DRB%): Determined by dividing Arizona’s defensive rebounds (19 against Colorado) by the opposition’s offensive rebounds (13) added to Arizona’s defensive rebounds (19) — 19/(13 + 19) = 59.4 percent.

Offensive Rebounding Percentage (ORB%): Determined by taking Arizona’s offensive rebound total (12) divided by that total (12) and the defensive rebounds of the opponent (20 for Colorado) — 12/(12 + 20) = 37.5 percent.

Ideal marks are 72 percent DRB% and 38 percent ORB%.

NEXT UP: Arizona vs. UCLA, March 15
Arizona 79, Colorado 69
— Nick Johnson 29 PP/35 MIN
Arizona 73, ASU 58
— Nick Johnson 28 PP/36 MIN
UCLA 74, Arizona 69
— Grant Jerrett 25 PP/24 MIN
USC 89, Arizona 78
— Solomon Hill 31 PP/38 MIN
Arizona 73, Washington State 56
— Kevin Parrom 32 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 70, Washington 52
— Solomon Hill 29 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 68, Utah 64
— Brandon Ashley 18 PP/22 MIN
Colorado 71, Arizona 58
— Angelo Chol 14 PP/20 MIN
California 77, Arizona 69
— Brandon Ashley 21 PP/29 MIN
Arizona 73, Stanford 66
— Mark Lyons 41 PP/36 MIN
Arizona 79, Washington State 65
— Mark Lyons 22 PP/23 MIN
Arizona 57, Washington 53
— Nick Johnson 26 PP/34 MIN
Arizona 74, USC 50
— Solomon Hill 22 PP/24 MIN
UCLA 84, Arizona 73
— Nick Johnson 29 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 71, Arizona State 54
— Mark Lyons 34 PP/31 MIN
Arizona 80, Oregon State 70
— Brandon Ashley 19 PP/22 MIN
Oregon 70, Arizona 66
— Mark Lyons 24 PP/37 MIN
Arizona 60, Utah 57
— Solomon Hill 29 PP/35 MIN
Arizona 92, Colorado 83 (OT)
— Kevin Parrom 28 PP/34 MIN
Arizona 68, San Diego State 67
— Kevin Parrom 28 PP/26 MIN
Arizona 69, Miami 50
— Kevin Parrom 21 PP/21 MIN
Arizona 73, East Tennessee State 53
— Brandon Ashley 27 PP/22 MIN
Arizona 89, Oral Roberts 64
— Grant Jerrett 24 PP/21 MIN
Arizona 65, Florida 64
— Solomon Hill 31 PP/37 MIN
Arizona 66, Clemson 54
— Mark Lyons 30 PP/33 MIN
Arizona 63, Southern Mississippi 55
— Kevin Parrom 19 PP/30 MIN
Arizona 85, Texas Tech 57
— Solomon Hill 26 PP/26 MIN
Arizona 93, NAU 50
— Nick Johnson 27 PP/22 MIN
Arizona 94, Long Beach State 72
— Brandon Ashley 40 PP/24 MIN
Arizona 72, UTEP 51
— Mark Lyons 21 PP/25 MIN
Arizona 82, Charleston Southern 73
— Brandon Ashley 26 PP/24 MIN

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Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner


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