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Three things to watch: Arizona Wildcats vs. Weber State Wildcats

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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

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Nick Johnson SG 34 34 757 1104 .686
Brandon Ashley PF 22 22 371 609 .609
Aaron Gordon SF 34 34 639 1052 .607
Kaleb Tarczewski C 32 31 541 909 .595
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 34 6 493 851 .579
T.J. McConnell PG 34 34 527 1084 .486
Gabe York SG 34 8 277 717 .386
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Jordin Mayes PG 30 1 41 167 .246
Elliott Pitts SG 20 0 35 176 .199
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Chris Johnson PF 4 0 5 6 .833
Jacob Hazzard PG 12 0 21 28 .750
Matt Korcheck PF 20 0 47 90 .522
Erik Conklin F 7 0 6 17 .353
Trey Mason SG 10 0 7 22 .318
Drew Mellon F 6 0 2 12 .167
Zach Peters C 10 0 -6 29 -.207
TOTAL TEAM 3682 6875 .536

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Tip: 11:10 a.m. MST
Television: TNT (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 94; XM 193 (Westwood One broadcast)

CONTROLLING THE GAME BY CONTROLLING THE BOARDS

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon

Arizona’s two calling cards this season are its defense and rebounding. The Wildcats are now in a single-elimination situation. No tomorrows with a loss. That means all-out hustle and determination prevails. Lapses can turn into an off-season lapse from competition until November. That means rebounding becomes even more of a premium. Arizona has the third-best rebounding team in the program’s history, averaging a margin of 8.5 rebounds a game over the opposition. Aaron Gordon is 13 rebounds shy of reaching Bob Elliott’s freshman rebound record of 278. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson can make history with four rebounds. If that happens, Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson would become the first Arizona freshman duo to each record at least 200 rebounds in a season. Weber State is a good rebounding team with a margin of 3.4 with sophomore forward Joel Bolomboy ranking fifth in the nation with 10.8 boards a game.

NO THREES FOR YOU

Gabe York

Gabe York

Arizona’s coaches and players have each commented about how dangerous of a three-point shooting team Weber State can be, led by freshman guard Jeremy Senglin and senior guard Davion Berry. Senglin and Berry combine to attempt 300 of Weber State’s 549 tries from beyond the arc. They have made 118 for a percentage of 39.3. Arizona’s top two threats from three-point range — Nick Johnson and Gabe York — have combined to make 107 of 286 attempts (37.4 percent). The three-point percentage of Weber State’s other shooters: 42.9 (107 or 249). The percentage of Arizona’s other shooters: 37.9 (83 of 219). The perimeter defense of Johnson, Hollis-Jefferson, York and T.J. McConnell will be critical in denying looks for Weber State’s shooters. Oregon State led the Pac-12 and ranks 19th nationally shooting 39.2 percent from three-point range. Arizona held the Beavers to 9 of 25 from beyond the arc, only 36 percent, in the two games they played this season. Oregon State attempted nearly 15 three-pointers a game but averaged 12.5 tries in the two games against Arizona. Denial is the key.

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CAN T.J. McCONNELL JOIN THIS ESTEEMED GROUP OF FINAL FOUR POINT GUARDS?

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Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Damon Stoudamire

Damon Stoudamire

Mike Bibby

Mike Bibby

Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner

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ON GUARD

T.J. McConnell

T.J. McConnell

The old adage of guard play wins championships in the NCAA tournament is true. Look at the point guards when Arizona advanced to the Final Four — Steve Kerr in 1988, Damon Stoudamire in 1994, Mike Bibby in 1997 and Jason Gardner in 2001. That is Arizona’s Mount Rushmore when it comes to Point Guard U. Can McConnell join this group of point guards who became Final Four caliber? He ranks 11th nationally with a assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.07 with 187 assists and only 61 turnovers. With 13 more assists, McConnell will become only the fifth Arizona guard and seventh overall to tally 200 assists in a season. Russell Brown (school-record 247 in 1978-79 and 200 in 1979-80), Stoudamire (220 in 1994-95 and 208 in 1993-94), Reggie Geary (231 in 1995-96) and Mustafa Shakur (215 in 2006-07) are the only players to eclipse the 200-assist mark. Weber State counters with Berry, a do-everything guard who leads the team with 120 assists but has 84 turnovers. Berry leads Weber State in assists and field-goal attempts (331). McConnell is more of a true point guard ranking third in field-goal tries behind Johnson and Gordon.

TOP FIVE ARIZONA REBOUNDING TEAMS

Margin Team Avg Opp Games
19.3 1950-51 59.5 40.2 30
9.7 1976-77 46.7 37.0 27
8.5 2013-14 38.9 30.4 34
8.3 1975-76 47.2 38.9 33
8.1 1998-99 41.7 33.6 29

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NICK JOHNSON CAREER POINTS RANKING

Rank Player Years Points
25 Mustafa Shakur 2004-07 1318
26 Ivan Radenovic 2004-07 1300
27 Nic Wise 2007-10 1285
28 Nick Johnson 2011-14 1267
29 Link Richmond 1944-49 1246
30 Derrick Williams 2009-11 1227

ARIZONA FRESHMAN REBOUND RECORD

Rank Player Season Rebs
1 Bob Elliott 1973-74 278
2 Aaron Gordon 2013-14 265
2 Al Fleming 1972-73 257
4 Michael Wright 1998-99 254
5 Derrick Williams 2009-10 219
6 Channing Frye 2001-02 214
7 Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-13 212
8 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 2013-14 196
9 Brandon Ashley 2012-13 186
10 Chase Budinger 2006-07 179

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
March 21 Weber State
March 15 UCLA 75-71 (L) .495 Nick Johnson SG 25 39 .641
March 14 Colorado 63-43 (W) .505 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 23 28 .821
March 13 Utah 71-39 (W) .565 Nick Johnson SG 23 26 .885
March 9 @Oregon 64-57 (L) .380 Aaron Gordon PF 28 33 .848
March 5 @Oregon St. 74-69 (W) .470 Nick Johnson SG 35 33 1.061
March 2 Stanford 79-66 (W) .605 Aaron Gordon SF 39 32 1.219
Feb. 27 California 87-59 (W) .730 Nick Johnson SG 38 31 1.226
Feb. 22 @Colorado 88-61 (W) .720 Aaron Gordon PF 35 27 1.296
Feb. 19 @Utah 67-63 OT (W) .391 Gabe York SG 20 36 .556
Feb. 14 @ASU 69-66 2OT (L) .356 Kaleb Tarczewski C 22 45 .489
Feb. 9 Oregon St. 76-54 (W) .575 T.J. McConnell PG 25 30 .833
Feb. 6 Oregon 67-65 (W) .455 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 31 34 .912
Feb. 1 @California 60-58 (L) .430 Kaleb Tarczewski C 34 35 .971
Jan. 29 @Stanford 60-57 (W) .400 Nick Johnson SG 24 33 .727
Jan. 26 Utah 65-56 (W) .435 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 16 24 .667
Jan. 23 Colorado 69-57 (W) .525 Brandon Ashley PF 24 31 .774
Jan. 16 ASU 91-68 (W) .675 Nick Johnson SG 23 27 .852
Jan. 12 @USC 73-53 (W) .520 Brandon Ashley PF 28 31 .903
Jan. 9 @UCLA 79-75 (W) .570 Gabe York SG 16 18 .889
Jan. 4 Washington 71-62 (W) .580 Nick Johnson SG 34 36 .944
Jan. 2 Washington St. 60-25 (W) .510 Kaleb Tarczewski C 20 22 .909
Dec. 23 NAU 77-44 (W) .660 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 30 27 1.111
Dec. 19 Southern 69-43 (W) .535 Aaron Gordon SF 28 29 .966
Dec. 14 @Michigan 72-70 (W) .530 Kaleb Tarczewski C 23 26 .885
Dec. 11 N.M. State 74-48 (W) .555 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 22 23 .957
Dec. 7 UNLV 63-58 (W) .450 T.J. McConnell PG 29 35 .829
Dec. 3 Texas Tech 79-58 (W) .570 Brandon Ashley PF 32 28 1.143
Nov. 29 Duke 72-66 (W) .590 Kaleb Tarczewski C 21 28 .750
Nov. 27 Drexel 66-62 (W) .505 Nick Johnson SG 31 36 .861
Nov. 19 Rhode Island 87-59 (W) .685 Nick Johnson SG 39 26 1.500
Nov. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson 100-50 (W) .890 Nick Johnson SG 30 20 1.500
Nov. 14 @San Diego State 69-60 (W) .490 Nick Johnson SG 29 31 .935
Nov. 11 Long Beach State 91-57 (W) .790 Brandon Ashley PF 28 21 1.333
Nov. 8 Cal Poly 73-62 (W) .565 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 21 .952

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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