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Three things to watch: Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes

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WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
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)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING
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Tip: 6:06 p.m. MST
Television: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson/Don MacLean)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 157; XM 190

JOSH SCOTT’S ABILITY TO DRAW FOULS A CONCERN

Josh Scott is a free-throw shooting machine

Josh Scott is a free-throw shooting machine

Colorado post player Josh Scott, who knows how to utilize the space he occupies around the basket, has taken 209 trips to the foul line and has made 169. Arizona guard Nick Johnson has the most free throw attempts for the Wildcats with 162 (making 125). Scott has taken 83 more free throws than Arizona post player Kaleb Tarczewski. Colorado’s game plan is obvious: Be aggressive to the basket and draw fouls off penetration or by Scott pushing his 6’10” and 245-pound frame around the hoop. Colorado leads the Pac-12 with a free-throw attempt differential of plus-298. Arizona has attempted 174 free throws than their opponents.

HOW WILL COLORADO’S LEGS HOLD UP?

Gabe York led Arizona in minutes played for the first time in his career Thursday

Gabe York led Arizona in minutes played for the first time in his career Thursday

If the game is tight in the second half, how will Colorado hold up in the last 10 minutes of the game after playing the previous two days? That’s a significant question to ask. Colorado has played its starting lineup a vast majority of the minutes against USC and Cal, both tight 59-56 victories. Colorado starters have played 329 of a possible 400 minutes (82.2 percent) in the games. Three games in as many days and then facing an Arizona team playing one less game is dangerous, especially with most of the Wildcats’ starters on the bench with about 6 minutes left in their 71-39 win over Utah. It was the first time former reserve guard Gabe York (30 minutes) led all starters in minutes.

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REBOUNDING AND BALL DISTRIBUTION, AGAIN

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Much like the Utah game, the outcome of Arizona-Colorado will depend on who rebounds and distributes the ball the best. Under Tad Boyle, the Buffaloes are 27-4 when they have at least 15 assists in a game. They are 50-1 in games played at the Events Center in Boulder when they outrebound an opponent. Arizona controlled the boards in its 88-61 victory at Buffalo last month. The Wildcats outrebounded the Buffaloes 38-30. This of course is not Boulder, but it gives you an idea of how effective Colorado can be when they get most of the rebounds. They are 39-3 in their last 42 games when outrebounding opponents and holding them to under 40 percent.

PAC-12 RPI (ESPN.com)
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TOP FIVE ARIZONA REBOUNDING TEAMS
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NICK JOHNSON CAREER POINTS RANKING
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ARIZONA FRESHMAN REBOUND RECORD
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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.COM publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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