Arizona Basketball

Notebook: Oregon State at Arizona Wildcats




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Greg Byrne congratulates Sean Miller on his 100th win at Arizona two seasons ago (YouTube video capture)

Greg Byrne congratulates Sean Miller on his 100th win as Arizona’s coach two seasons ago. Miller goes for his 300th career victory tonight. (YouTube video capture)


WIN NO. 1: Xavier over Oakland, 69-58, Nov. 19, 2004, Cintas Center, Cincinnati.

WIN NO. 50: Xavier over Fordham, 71-56, Jan. 11, 2007, Rose Hill Gym, The Bronx, N.Y.

WIN NO. 100: Xavier over Auburn, 81-74, Dec. 3, 2008, Cintas Center, Cincinnati

WIN NO. 150: Arizona over Stanford, 67-57, Jan. 9, 2011, McKale Center, Tucson

WIN NO. 200: Arizona over Miami, 69-50, Dec. 23, 2012, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu

WIN NO. 250: Arizona over Mount St. Mary’s, 78-55, Nov. 14, 2014, McKale Center, Tucson

–The latest Joe Lunardi ratings at ESPN has Arizona at No. 21, which means the Wildcats would be about a No. 5 seed if the NCAA tournament bracket was announced today. …

–By the time Lute Olson earned his 300th career win, he was starting his 15th season as a head coach. He achieved that mark in Arizona’s season-opening win over New Mexico in the 1988-89 season, the season after the Wildcats made their first Final Four appearance and were upset by the Lobos at The Pit as the No. 1-ranked team. Harvey Mason Jr., father of Arizona walk-on guard Trey Mason, scored a career-high 20 points in that game. Arizona will attempt to give Sean Miller, in his 12th season, his 300th career win tonight against the Ducks. Mike Krzyzewski also achieved his 300th victory in his 15th season like Olson. Krzyzewski was only 43 while Miller is 47. Olson was 54 by the time he reached his 300th win. …

–The Beavers have won only once in Tucson since 1983 — 63-55 on Feb. 13, 2010, in Miller’s first season at Arizona. That’s a 31-1 stretch for the Wildcats against the Beavers at McKale Center. …

–Arizona will try to avoid having a sub-.500 conference record at the halfway point for the first time since interim coach Russ Pennell’s team was 4-5 in 2008-09. Even Miller’s first team in 2009-10 was 6-3 and in first place at the turn. …

Gary Payton II, who has a shot at Pac-12 Player of the Year, leads the Beavers in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Lester Conner (1981-82) is the only Beaver to lead the team in all four categories. Payton is the only player in the Pac-12 in the top 10 in scoring (16.7, fifth), rebounding (8.1, eighth), assists (5.4, second) and steals (2.4, first). It will be interesting to see who can match up with him the most. It most likely will be Kadeem Allen, who can ill-afford to have the same kind of defensive lapses he had against Oregon. …

Kaleb Tarczewski is only six points shy of matching fellow center Joseph Blair at 1,086 career points. Blair is No. 43 overall on Arizona’s career scoring chart and the No. 8 center in career scoring in Arizona history. A.J. Bramlett, No. 42 overall at 1,098, is at No. 7 among center scorers at Arizona. Tarczewski is in reach of passing Blair and Bramlett. The next post player at No. 6 is Jordan Hill, who scored 1,208 points in his career. It’s feasible for Tarczewski to pass Hill also. …

–Other Tarczewski record chase news: He is at 118 starts in his career, which puts him at No. 8 on the Arizona list. With a start today he will match Channing Frye and Kyle Fogg for sixth place with 119 starts. Jason Gardner holds the record of 135. Arizona would have to play three games in the Pac-12 tournament and at least four (Elite Eight) in the NCAA tournament for Tarczewski to match Gardner’s mark. … Tarczewski remains at 101 wins in games in which he has played in his career, eight shy of Matt Muehlebach’s mark of 109. …

–Arizona has already faced the father-son coach-player combo of Steve AlfordBryce Alford. Now comes Wayne Tinkle and Tres Trinkle. In three games as a starter, Tres Tinkle is averaging a team-high 15.0 points. He has lived up to his name (in Spanish) knocking down multiple 3-pointers in four consecutive games. …

–Not good news for Arizona, which had 19 turnovers in the loss to Oregon the other night: Oregon State has fewer turnovers than their opponent in their eight Pac-12 games to date. …

Gabe York is certainly feeling the strain as Arizona’s lone perimeter threat with Allonzo Trier out, although York has come through making three-pointers, many of them in the clutch. His productivity rating at this site, however, stands at only .511, below the team mark of .600. He has led the Wildcats only twice in productivity this season (against ASU and Northwestern State). In order for Arizona to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament, York’s production level across the board (aside from making three-pointers) will have to improve. Guard play can not be understated when the postseason starts. Oregon’s backcourt looked much better than Arizona’s on Thursday and it was not close. How often can you say that about an opponent matched against Arizona’s backcourt since Lute Olson came to town? …


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NO. 18 ARIZONA (16-5, 4-4) VS.
OREGON STATE (12-7, 3-5)

Tip Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Spero Dedes/Don MacLean)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

Overall: Arizona leads 59-21
In Tucson: Arizona leads 32-6
Current Streak: Arizona won 1
Last Meeting: Arizona won 57-34 in Tucson (1-30-15)
Sean Miller vs. Oregon State: 8-4

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)

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*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)
[table “” not found /] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.


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