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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 33 32 685 934 .733
R.Hollis-Jefferson SF 33 20 646 930 .695
T.J. McConnell PG 33 33 629 985 .639
Brandon Ashley PF 33 33 579 924 .627
Gabe York SG 32 13 375 731 .513
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 29 0 148 296 .500
Kaleb Tarczewski C 33 32 426 861 .495
Elliott Pitts SG 33 1 119 495 .240
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Craig Victor PF 8 0 38 57 .667
Dusan Ristic C 31 0 153 286 .535
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 16 0 -10 25 -.400
TOTAL TEAM 33 3842 6625 .580

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NO. 5 ARIZONA (30-3) VS. OREGON (25-8)
Tip Time: 8:05 p.m. MST
TV: ESPN (Pasch/Walton/Goodman)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Jeffries/Hansen)
National Radio: Westwood One (Larrivee/Montgomery)
THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads, 48-26
At Neutral Sites: Arizona trails, 0-2
Current Streak: Arizona won 2
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 90-56, on Jan. 28, 2015
Sean Miller vs. Oregon: 7-3

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Top three storylines for tonight’s game:

1. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson vs. Joseph Young Part 3.

YOUNG’S PRODUCTION VS. ARIZONA

Date Pts FG FGA Pct Before
1/8/15 12 4 15 .267 18.7 pts/.432 FG%
1/28/15 12 4 9 .444 18.7 pts/.432 FG%
3/14/15 ? ? ? ? 20.3 pts/.447 FG%

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Fitting that tonight’s game is on the Las Vegas Strip, known for its star-studded shows.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year selection of Oregon’s Joseph Young drew plenty of scrutiny from Arizona fans and some in the media. T.J. McConnell, passed over by league coaches in the selection of Young, said the outcome was “disappointing” but also claimed Young was the right choice.

Hollis-Jefferson’s ambition is two-fold tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the Pac-12 tournament title game: Shut down Young for the third consecutive time, making believers of those who snubbed him for the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, and vindicate McConnell at the same time about not getting that Pac-12 player of the year.

“I really commend T.J. McConnell just for leading his team and getting after it these first two games (in the Pac-12 Tournament),” Young said after Friday’s 67-64 win over Utah on his last-second three-pointer.

“I felt like I didn’t lead my team at that time (when Oregon lost both games to Arizona in the regular season). But now I think we’re more as a team, more as a family. Coach (Dana Altman) got us ready.”

The 12 points Young scored against Arizona on Jan. 28 at McKale is his lowest output in the last 15 games. Young is averaging 22.7 since that game, won by Arizona 90-56.

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2. Brandon Ashley playing his best basketball — by far.

In this site’s productivity rating system, Brandon Ashley has led the Wildcats in a four-game stretch, the longest since Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led his team in the first four games of the season.

Ashley’s productivity rating against Cal (twice), Stanford and UCLA in the last four games is 1.085. His season rating is at .627.

Ashley mentioned after the victory over UCLA, in which he scored a career-high 24 points, that the recovering time from his foot injury from last year took most of the season.

That transition period was all psychological because physically he was cleared to play from the start.

“I would definitely say my confidence is a little bit higher,” Ashley said when asked if he is on top of his game. “Coming off an injury it takes time to adjust. At this point, I generally feel like it is completely behind me.”

3. Oregon looking to rebound in more ways than one.

Arizona held Oregon to a season-low 20 rebounds on Jan. 18 at McKale Center while grabbing 34. In the first meeting, the Wildcats controlled the boards 40-27.

Hollis-Jefferson had 16 rebounds in the games, followed by Kaleb Tarczewski’s 15 and Stanley Johnson’s 13.

Oregon’s best rebounder in both games was 6’9″ forward Jordan Bell with only nine, one less than what Tarczewski produced in the first meeting.

The Ducks, who do not have a true center in their rotation, totaled only 12 offensive rebounds in 64 opportunities against Arizona this season, a scant 18.8 percent.

The key for Oregon to offset Arizona’s size advantage is to maintain a transition game as much as possible and set screens to release perimeter threats Young, Elgin Cook and Dillon Brooks for high-percentage looks.

That’s easier said than done because of Arizona’s athleticism on the perimeter and the defensive awareness especially of T.J. McConnell and Hollis-Jefferson.

Tarczewski is coming off a subpar game, fouling out against UCLA with only five points and one rebound in 23 minutes against UCLA. Look for him to come out driven after the coaches get into his ear about his necessary involvment on the boards on the blocks on both ends.

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
March 13 UCLA 70-64 (W) .535 Brandon Ashley PF 37 34 1.089
March 12 Cal 73-51 (W) .595 Brandon Ashley PF 27 29 .931
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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