Arizona Basketball

Notebook: Arizona Wildcats at Washington State




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Allonzo Trier will not make his return tonight from a broken hand that has sidelined him in the last six games. He might return Friday night at Washington. Since Trier’s last appearance at USC on Jan. 9, Gabe York’s productivity rating has slightly declined from .537 to .528. That includes York’s performance on Saturday against Oregon State, which was one of the best of his career with an .857 rating. Trier on the floor at the same time with York and Kadeem Allen or Parker Jackson-Cartwright makes the backcourt much more formidable because of the switching defenses Trier can attract. As it is right now without him, the guard play has mostly slumped until the game against the struggling Beavers. …

Sean Miller earned career win No. 300 in his 12th season with Arizona’s 80-63 win against Oregon State last Saturday. Ernie Kent, who is in his 21st season as a head coach, has a career record of 347-284. He coached at St. Mary’s for six seasons before coaching at his alma mater, Oregon, from 1996-97 to 2009-10. He has a record of 10-20 against Arizona as coach of the Ducks and Cougars. His best stretch against Lute Olson was a 5-2 run from 2006 to 2008, which included a win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the 2007 Pac-10 tournament. … Since then he is 2-7 with a three-game losing streak to Miller as Washington State’s coach. …

— This from the Arizona media-relations department: Arizona will play its sixth and seventh road games of the conference slate when it travels to Washington State tonight and Washington on Friday. Arizona/ASU and Utah/Colorado are the only Power 5 programs to play seven of their first 11 conference games on the road. After adding the American, Atlantic 10, Big East, Mountain West, West Coast, Big West, Missouri Valley and Ohio Valley conferences, Arizona/ASU, Utah/Colordao and Loyola Marymount are the only schools to open league play with seven of their first 11 games on the road. Post Washington, Arizona will finish the league schedule with five of their final seven games in McKale. …

— Ranked No. 23 is an unlucky number for opponents playing at Washington State. All three of Washington State’s wins over the No. 23 team took place at home, as it is 3-1 against the 23rd-ranked team at home. The only loss came in overtime by 2 points to Oregon on Feb. 16, 2013. …

— The Cougars have been led this season by captains, roommates and juniors, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu. Hawkinson leads the team in scoring (16.0 a game) and rebounding (10.7), while Iroegbu is at 14.9 points per game with a team-best 3.9 assists per game. Combined, the forward and guard are shooting .540 (230-for-426) from the field and are accounting for 40 percent of the Cougars’ points this season. In the game three weeks ago at McKale Center, the duo combined to shoot 11-of-22 from the field and scored 25 points. The rest of the team tried only 19 field goals but they managed to make 12. The key was Arizona holding the Cougars to only four offensive rebounds while the Wildcats outrebounded them overall 35-23. …

— Another important element aside from Arizona’s rebounding tonight will be its defense. The Wildcats allowed the Cougars only 66 points in the first meeting. The Cougars under Kent are 0-13 when scoring less than 60 points and 1-22 when scoring less than 70 points in his two seasons. …

— Career marks watch: Kaleb Tarczewski, who plays his best basketball it seems against Washington State, is only 10 points shy of A.J. Bramlett’s career scoring mark of 1,098. If Tarczewski passes Bramlett, he will become the No. 42 scorer in school history as well as the school’s No. 7 scoring center. In Arizona’s 86-59 win in Pullman, Wash., last year, its fourth straight win at Washington State, Tarczewski posted 17 points while making all six of his field goal attempts …

— With two more three-pointers, York will join Jason Terry and Kyle Fogg as the fourth-leading three-point shooters in school history at 193 made. York is presently tied with Matt Othick at No. 6 with 191. He has a realistic chance of becoming only the fourth Arizona player to reach 200 three-pointers behind Salim Stoudamire (342), Jason Gardner (318) and Damon Stoudamire (272). In case you’re wondering, Steve Kerr made 114 three-pointers in his career, all in his senior season of 1987-88 after the three-point line was adopted. …


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NO. 23 ARIZONA (17-5, 5-4) VS.

Tip Time: 8:06 p.m. MST
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson/Steve Lavin)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Jeff Dean)

Overall: Arizona leads 60-16
In Pullman: Arizona leads 26-9
Current Streak: Arizona won 9
Last Meeting: Arizona won 90-66 in Tucson (1-16-16)
Sean Miller vs. Washington State: 9-2

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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[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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