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Top three storylines: Arizona Wildcats vs. Cal Golden Bears

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Kaleb Tarczewski  against Cal's David Kravish worth watching (YouTube screen shot)

Kaleb Tarczewski against Cal’s David Kravish worth watching (YouTube 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)

SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Stanley Johnson SG 31 30 636 873 .729
R.Hollis-Jefferson SF 31 18 607 867 .700
T.J. McConnell PG 31 31 581 916 .634
Brandon Ashley PF 31 31 515 860 .599
Gabe York SG 30 13 360 680 .529
Kaleb Tarczewski C 31 30 420 814 .516
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 27 0 144 284 .507
Elliott Pitts SG 31 1 118 475 .248
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Craig Victor PF 8 0 38 57 .667
Dusan Ristic C 29 0 153 280 .546
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 19 1 55 68 .809
Trey Mason SG 8 0 2 11 .182
Drew Mellon SF 11 0 -3 21 -.143
Jacob Hazzard PG 15 0 -10 24 -.416
TOTAL TEAM 31 3616 6225 .581

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NO. 5 ARIZONA (28-3) VS. CALIFORNIA (18-14)
Tip Time: 12 p.m. MST
THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads, 58-30
At Neutral Sites: Arizona leads, 4-3
Current Streak: Arizona won 3
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 99-60, on March 5, 2015
Sean Miller vs. California: 7-3

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Top three storylines for tonight’s game:

1. Chairmen of the boards.

Arizona ranks second in the nation with a plus-8.7 rebound margin and first nationally in defensive rebound percentage at 77.4 for the year. That means the Wildcats allow opponents second opportunities on the offensive glass on only 22.6 percent of their misses.

Sean Miller’s team heads up court after an opponent miss almost 8 times out of 10.

Cal gets an offensive rebound only 28.8 percent of the time following a miss. Arizona, by comparison, pulls down offensive rebounds 39.1 percent of the time following a miss.

It’s obvious that Arizona must be active on the glass, especially on the defensive end, to subdue Cal once again after beating the Bears by an average of 26 points in the two regular-season wins.

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SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENT
How Arizona has fared against top scorers of Pac-12 teams this season (scoring average is current mark) (source: AllSportsTucson.com):

Player Pos. School Avg. vsUA1 vsUA2 AvgUA Diff
Askia Booker PG Colorado 17.3 30 14 22.0 4.7
Chasson Randle PG/SG Stanford 18.8 26 16 21.0 2.2
DaVonte Lacy SG Washington State 16.9 18 NA 18.0 1.1
Delon Wright PG/SG Utah 14.7 10 17 13.5 -1.2
Tyrone Wallace SG California 17.0 16 13 14.5 -2.5
Gary Payton II PG/SG Oregon State 13.4 10 6 8.0 -5.4
Shaquille McKissic SF Arizona State 12.0 8 5 6.5 -5.5
Norman Powell SG UCLA 16.3 11 NA 11.0 -5.3
Joseph Young SG Oregon 19.8 12 12 12.0 -7.8
Nigel Williams-Goss PG Washington 15.6 7 NA 7.0 -8.6
Katin Reinhardt SG Southern Cal 12.3 2 NA 2.0 -10.3

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2. Cold spells spelled doom for Bears in losses to Arizona.

Cal went through long stretches of poor play on offense in both losses to Arizona during the regular-season.

The Bears were not so golden, shooting 38.1 percent from the field last week in the loss at McKale Center and 43.4 percent in Berkeley. Cal had only 19 points by halftime in the game at Cal on Jan. 24.

A 27-8 run between the end of the first half and the start of the second put Arizona in control of that game.

In the rematch at McKale, Arizona achieved the most one-sided victory of the season with the 99-60 win. It was also the most lopsided loss for Cal this season.

Cal kept up very briefly, then Arizona turned it on, outscoring the Bears 29-8 to go up 41-20 with 3:13 left in the half.

The 27-8 run in the first game and 29-8 in the second led to Cal’s collapse.

3. David Kravish vs. Kaleb Tarczewski Part 3

After Wednesday’s win over Cal, senior post player David Kravish now has the third most rebounds in Cal history after grabbing eight rebounds. He passed Brian Hendrick and now has 905 career rebounds.

After scoring 25 points today, Kravish moved past Ryan Anderson (1,236 from 2007-08) and Brian Wethers (1,239 from 2000-03) and into 20th on Cal’s all-time scoring list. He has 1,260 career points.

Kravish’s 25 points is a new career high. His previous career high came earlier this year when he had 23 against Stanford on Feb. 21.

Tarczewski fared well against Kravish and Cal in the two regular-season games. He made 8-of-15 shots from the field (53.3 percent) and averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Kravish averaged 13 points and 7.5 rebounds against Arizona. He made only 13 of 27 attempts from the field, however. The percentage of 48.1 is about the same as his 48.8 mark, which is low for an interior player.

Something to keep an eye on in the Pac-12 tournament: Tarczewski (879 career points) is only 21 points away from becoming the 60th Arizona player to reach 900 career points.

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
March 7 Stanford 91-69 (W) .715 Brandon Ashley PF 28 29 .966
March 5 Cal 99-60 (W) .860 Brandon Ashley PF 36 26 1.385
Feb. 28 Utah 63-57 (W) .450 Gabe York SG 19 25 .760
Feb. 26 Colorado 82-54 (W) .571 Gabe York SG 25 23 1.087
Feb. 21 UCLA 57-45 (W) .400 Dusan Ristic C 24 11 2.182
Feb. 19 USC 87-57 (W) .574 T.J. McConnell PG 20 19 1.053
Feb. 15 Washington St. 86-59 (W) .640 Kaleb Tarczewski C 28 24 1.167
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 St. 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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