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Three top storylines: Arizona Wildcats at Washington State Cougars

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The last time Arizona played at Washington State on Feb. 2, 2013, Solomon Hill made this 60-foot shot before the buzzer at halftime (YouTube video screen shot)
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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)

WASHINGTON STATE PRODUCTIVITY LEADERS
*Starters. List includes players who average at least 10 minutes a game.

Player Pos PR
*Josh Hawkinson PF .866
*DaVonte' Lacy SG .623
*Jordan Railey C .562
*Ike Iroegbu PG .450
Que Johnson SG .381
Ny Redding PG .363
*Dexter Kernich-Drew SF .304
Brett Boese SF .297
Junior Longrus SF .265
Trevor Dunbar PG .048
Team .489

ARIZONA SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Stanley Johnson SG 24 23 542 693 .782
R.Hollis-Jefferson SF 24 11 476 675 .705
T.J. McConnell PG 24 24 440 719 .612
Brandon Ashley PF 24 24 386 670 .576
Gabe York SG 23 13 249 507 .491
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 21 0 105 216 .486
Kaleb Tarczewski C 24 24 282 635 .444
Elliott Pitts SG 24 1 99 373 .265
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Craig Victor PF 8 0 38 57 .667
Dusan Ristic C 23 0 99 211 .469
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 13 0 28 39 .718
Trey Mason SG 8 0 2 11 .182
Drew Mellon SF 7 0 1 10 .100
Jacob Hazzard PG 11 0 -8 14 -.571
TOTAL TEAM 24 2739 4825 .568

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NO. 7 ARIZONA (21-3, 9-2) AT WASHINGTON STATE (11-13, 5-7)
Tip Time: 4:31 p.m. MST
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Aaron Goldsmith/Casey Jacobsen)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads, 58-16
In Pullman: Arizona leads, 25-9
Current Streak: Arizona won 7
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 60-25, on Jan. 2, 2014
Sean Miller vs. Washington State: 7-2

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Top three storylines for tonight’s game:

1. No place like home … or Pullman

The Wildcats venture today to Pullman, Wash., where they have the best road record against Pac-12 teams with a 25-9 record.

After losing two consecutive games at Washington State, including an embarrassing 68-50 setback in Sean Miller’s first season in 2009-10, the Wildcats have won three consecutive games there.

Because of the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12, this will be the first time Arizona will travel to Pullman in more than two years (Feb. 2, 2013, was the last game there).

The Wildcats are playing Washington State for the first time since Arizona beat the Cougars 60-25 at McKale Center on Jan. 2, 2014. That was under methodical coach Ken Bone. He was replaced this year by Ernie Kent, who has the Cougars averaging 70.5 points a game.

Kent had a 5-2 run against Arizona while at Oregon before losing four straight, including two against Miller, before his firing there in 2010.

ARIZONA ROAD PAC-12 RECORDS

at … Record Pct.
Washington St. 25-9 .735
Arizona St. 60-32 .652
Oregon St. 22-15 .595
California 22-17 .564
Stanford 22-18 .550
Oregon 19-17 .528
Washington 18-18 .500
Utah 9-19 .474
USC 24-31 .436
UCLA 14-35 .286
Colorado 2-7 .222

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2. Arizona road warriors (for most part) under Miller.

Since Miller was hired in 2009-10, Arizona has compiled a 37-26 (.587) record in true road games. The Wildcats’ 37
true road wins overall and 29 Pac-12 road victories are both conference bests over that time frame.

Arizona’s three losses on the road this season are three games Miller and the Wildcats look back on with disdain. UNLV, Oregon State and ASU are a combined 10-14 against opponents after defeating Arizona. When the NCAA tournament selection committee convenes next month those losses will be viewed as potential “bad” losses, although Oregon State remains unbeaten at home.

Road sweeps are difficult to come by. This is the Wildcats’ 23rd two-game conference road trip under Miller. He will go for only his seventh road sweep in that span.

The most difficult road trip looms in two weeks against Colorado and Utah. In the program’s history, Arizona is 11-26 at those Rocky Mountain schools.

3. Who is this guy?

Raise your hand if before the season you knew about Josh Hawkinson? Anyone? … Anyone?

The Washington State sophomore forward will be a bear to handle for Arizona’s Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski defensively and on the glass. Ashley and Tarczewski have been scrutinized for the lateral quickness on the defensive end. Hawkinson will provide a good test of that and their physical toughness.

Hawkinson is averaging a double-double per game. He leads the Pac-12 with 10.7 rebounds per game and ranks 12th in scoring with 14.8 points per game. He’s No. 1 in the league with 15 double-doubles and leads the league with 8.8 defensive rebounds per game.

Nationally, Hawkinson ranks in the top 10 in the following categories: Second in defensive rebounds per game, fourth for double-doubles and 10th in total rebounds.

Last season, Hawkinson averaged just 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds a game in 6.4 minutes an outing.

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PAC-12 RPI RATING
Present RPI ranking of the Pac-12.

Rank Team Ovr Pac12 SOS Top50
No.6 Arizona 21-3 9-2 34 4-0
No.9 Utah 18-4 9-2 42 3-4
No.40 UCLA 16-10 8-5 16 3-5
No.41 Stanford 16-8 7-5 64 2-5
No.59 Oregon 17-8 8-5 84 2-5
No.79 Oregon St. 15-9 7-6 120 2-3
No.80 Washington 14-10 3-9 61 2-4
No.91 California 16-9 6-6 95 1-5
No.108 Arizona St. 12-12 4-7 36 1-4
No.117 Colorado 11-12 4-7 43 1-6
No.121 Washington St. 11-13 5-7 74 1-3
No.163 USC 10-15 2-11 56 0-5


HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present RPI ranking of Arizona’s non-conference opponents.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.8 Gonzaga 25-1 UA/66-63 (OT) 12/6/14
No.20 SDSU 19-6 UA/61-59 11/26/14
No.63 UTEP 18-7 UA/60-55 12/19/14
No.82 Michigan 12-12 UA/83-50 12/13/14
No.95 K-State 13-13 UA/72-68 11/25/14
No.99 UNLV 13-11 UNLV/71-67 12/23/14
No.122 UC-Irvine 12-10 UA/71-54 11/19/14
No.146 Oakland 10-14 UA/101-63 12/16/14
No.166 Gardner-Webb 12-11 UA/91-65 12/2/14
No.180 Mt.St.Mary's 12-13 UA/78-55 11/14/14
No.187 Missouri 6-18 UA/72-53 11/24/14
No.287 CS Northridge 5-21 UA/86-68 11/16/14
No.291 Utah Valley 7-15 UA/87-56 12/9/14

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Feb. 13 Washington 86-62 (W) .725 Stanley Johnson SG 39 27 1.444
Feb. 7 ASU 81-78 (L) .435 T.J. McConnell PG 30 34 .882
Jan. 30 Oregon 57-34 (W) .475 T.J. McConnell PG 22 30 .733
Jan. 28 Oregon 90-56 (W) .715 Dusan Ristic C 18 13 1.385
Jan. 24 Cal 73-50 (W) .550 Stanley Johnson SG 31 30 1.033
Jan. 22 Stanford 89-82 (W) .585 Brandon Ashley PF 22 16 1.375
Jan. 17 Utah 69-51 (W) .525 Stanley Johnson SG 30 28 1.071
Jan. 15 Colorado 68-54 (W) .545 Stanley Johnson SG 40 32 1.250
Jan. 11 Oregon St. 58-56 (L) .365 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 26 34 .765
Jan. 8 Oregon 80-62 (W) .590 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 26 25 1.040
Jan. 4 ASU 73-49 (W) .530 Dusan Ristic C 14 11 1.273
Dec. 23 UNLV 71-67 (L) .446 T.J. McConnell PG 28 39 .718
Dec. 19 UTEP 60-55 (W) .395 T.J. McConnell PG 23 35 .657
Dec. 16 Oakland 101-64 (W) .835 Craig Victor PF 13 10 1.300
Dec. 13 Michigan 84-50 (W) .640 Stanley Johnson SF 31 27 1.148
Dec. 9 Utah Valley 87-56 (W) .710 Dusan Ristic C 23 18 1.278
Dec. 6 Gonzaga 66-63 OT (W) .435 Brandon Ashley PF 19 38 .500
Dec. 2 Gardner-Webb 91-65 (W) .745 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 17 13 1.308
Nov. 26 San Diego State 61-59 (W) .525 Stanley Johnson SG 29 37 .784
Nov. 25 Kansas State 72-68 (W) .540 Stanley Johnson SG 21 25 .840
Nov. 24 Missouri 72-53 (W) .525 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 25 23 1.087
Nov. 19 Cal-Irvine 71-54 (W) .610 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 31 29 1.069
Nov. 16 Cal State-Northridge 86-68 (W) .605 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 26 22 1.182
Nov. 14 Mt. St. Mary's 78-55 (W) .660 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 28 21 1.333

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also has published articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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