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Cold-shooting Arizona Wildcats look to get hot against Oregon State

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>> Recently, Arizona has been dominant against Oregon State, with wins in five straight meetings.

>> Roberto Nelson (21.9 ppg, 3.6 apg) is the best scorer in the Pac-12, leading the next best scorer (Washington’s C.J. Wilcox) by more than three points per game. He finished with a game-high 26 points to go with four assists in the loss to Arizona State. Devon Collier (14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Angus Brandt (12.6 ppg) are the two other Beavers averaging in double figures. Each scored 13 points against the Sun Devils. Thanks primarily to Nelson, the Beavers are fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (77.3 ppg), while shooting at the third-best percentage from the floor in the conference (.487).

>> Nick Johnson is in a shooting slump (6-for-30 from the field and 0-for-10 from three-point range in his last two games) but he still scored a team-high 18 points to go with five assists against Oregon. Aaron Gordon is scoring only 6.3 points a game in Arizona’s last three games. He has made only nine of his last 30 free-throw attempts.

>> Arizona has four players averaging at least 1.9 offensive rebounds per game. The Wildcats outscore their opponents by an average of 6.4 second-chance points. Arizona outrebounding teams 14.5-8.8 on the offensive glass in its last four games.

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OREGON STATE (13-9, 5-5) at
NO. 2 ARIZONA (21-1, 8-1)

Tip: 5:06 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (JB Long/Matt Muehlebach)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
National Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190
Rankings: Arizona – No. 2 AP Top 25/No. 3 USA Today Coaches Poll; Oregon State – Not ranked in either.

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PAC-12 STANDINGS
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PAC-12 RPI (ESPN.com)
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ARIZONA’S STRENGTHS VS. QUESTION MARKS
Per NCAA national statistic rankings out of 345 Division I teams
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Arizona is No. 2 and 22-1 despite deficiencies with total steals, free-throw shooting, number of three-pointers made and now three-point shooting percentage (35.3). Arizona is solid with its rebounding, defense in particular in the lane and taking care of the ball (an early-season problem). Arizona’s free-throw is a major concern, with the Wildcats’ ranking of 273 out of 345 teams.

McConnell leads the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.86). Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson leads the conference in scoring (22 points a game) and Devon Collier is the league’s top shooter (60.5 percent from the field).

ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING
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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.

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