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Notebook: Arizona Wildcats at Washington

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Allonzo Trier's availability to play against Washington remains a game-time decision according to Sean Miller

Allonzo Trier’s availability to play against Washington remains a game-time decision according to Sean Miller

— Should Sean Miller save Allonzo Trier another week and not play him until Friday night when the Wildcats host UCLA? In an interview with The Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe, it sounded like Miller is thinking a wait until next week is a good alternative to allow for another six days for healing and for Trier to engage in practice more before returning to the court. “We’re at four weeks tomorrow (Trier was slated to be out four to six weeks with the broken hand) and, really, it’ll be a game time decision,” Miller told Pascoe. “We could play him (against Washington). I don’t know if we will. The thing that’s tough is when you’re no-contact in practice for a couple of weeks, he’s not around then all of sudden he’s around — so it’s not like you just put him in there and he plays the entire game.” … Arizona should concern itself too with the possibility that Trier could land on the floor with his hand bracing the fall, which is something to think about with him not going through contact drills in practice. … Miller added that waiting until the UCLA game is a “normal return” for Trier …

— Arizona’s record in Seattle against Washington is even at 18-18. The Wildcats have defeated the Huskies in their last two trips to the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in 2013 and last year. Arizona has not won three consecutive games there since winning four straight from 2000 to 2003. The longest streak is five straight when the arena was only called Hec Edmundson Pavilion from 1986 through 1990. … The Huskies have won four of their last five games when taking on a top 25 opponent at home. …

— Arizona and Washington are two of the nation’s best teams at getting to the free throw line. The teams lead the Pac-12 in free throws attempted this season with the Huskies ranking 12th in the nation (608 attempts) while the Wildcats are 16th (590 attempts) after Thursday’s games. Ryan Anderson has attempted 141 free throws, making 104 for 73.8 percent. Five of Arizona’s top six players in free throw attempts are shooting at least 74.2 percent. Mark Tollefsen leads the team shooting 85.3 percent from the line but he has attempted only 34 free throws, making 29. … Washington counters with the league-leader in free-throw attempts, senior guard Andrew Andrews, who has made 180 of his 241 attempts good for 84.1 percent. …

— Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said in a press conference today that talented 6’4″ freshman guard Dejounte Murray, who slightly sprained his ankle Wednesday against ASU, didn’t practice Thursday as a precaution, but should play against the Wildcats. Murray set the Washington freshman single-game scoring record with his 34 points against the Sun Devils. …

— Over the last five games, another freshman standont, 6’9″ forward Marquese Chriss has scored in double-figures in every game and is averaging 16.2 points while shooting 68.8 percent from the field, up from his Pac-12 average of 11.9 points a game and 57.8 percent from the field. … Against Arizona in the previous game, Chriss had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting before fouling out. …

— A sellout is expected at the 10,000-seat arena prompting Romar to say that it is a sign the Huskies are “headed back in the right direction.” Perhaps. Since Washington won the Pac-12 regular season title in 2011-12, the Huskies have gone 18-16, 17-15 and 16-15 in the last three seasons. A significant factor for the sellout is the popular draw of Arizona visiting. Washington averages 6,539 fans a game at home, which ranks seventh in the Pac-12. “Order – not has been – but is being restored,” Romar continued. “That’s what I would say. Not has been because we could go 0-8 in these next games. So we have not arrived by any stretch of the imagination. But we’re headed in the right direction.” …

— This note from Arizona’s media-relations department: Arizona has already faced a sold out (6,000) crowd at The Kennel at Gonzaga. Official attendance in Tempe against ASU was 8,044, which was 56 percent larger than the Sun Devils’ average crowd of 5,153 going into the game. The crowd in Pauley Pavilion in January was officially 12,026 on Russell Westbrook Night at UCLA. That crowd was 5,010 larger than their average crowd entering the game, an increase of 71.4 percent. Two days later, USC had a crowd of 6,854 awaiting the Wildcats after averaging 3,054 entering the game. Stanford saw an increase of 1,256 for Arizona’s game in Maples Pavilion from its 4,019 average before Cal upped its attendance by 2,131 two days later. The average attendance at Pac-12 schools increased in every game Arizona played at, including four increases of more than 50 percent, a season ago. The Wildcats were the biggest draw of the season for seven of the nine Pac-12 teams it
played on the road last season. …

— Romar is leery of Arizona’s inside strength against his perimeter-oriented team. The Wildcats out-rebounded Washington in Tucson 43-26 as Anderson tallied 21 points and nine rebounds and Kaleb Tarczewski had one of his best games with 16 points and 13 rebounds. “It’s difficult,” said Romar, whose top rebounders had only five each (Murray and Chriss). “It’s a challenge. They’re playing with a couple of 7-footers on the floor. Then Ryan Anderson is playing very big right now. (He had) 31 points in this last game. He hurt us down in Tucson when we played them before. We got to be very scrappy and very aggressive. We have to guard their size as a team. And it would help if we keep the ball in front of us out front.” …

— Tarczewski is six wins shy of catching Matt Muehlebach’s school-record 109 career victories in games in which he played in. Tarczewski’s start against Washington State made him only the sixth player in the program’s history to reach 120 career starts. He is also three points shy of A.J. Bramlett’s 1,098 career points. If he passes Bramlett against Washington, Tarczewski will become the No. 7 scoring center in school history and No. 42 scorer overall. … Tarczewski is in a mild slump. After his double-double against the Huskies on Jan. 14, he has averaged 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in the last six games while shooting. He made only one of his eight field goal attempts against Washington State. …

— Fellow senior guard Gabe York is one made three-pointer from becoming the school’s lone No. 4 shooter from that range in school history. He presently is tied with Jason Terry and Kyle Fogg for fourth with 193. York is also 34 points shy of becoming the 51st Arizona player to reach 1,000 career points. …

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NO. 23 ARIZONA (18-5, 6-4) VS.
WASHINGTON (15-7, 7-3)

Tip Time: 2:30 p.m. MST
TV: Fox (Tim Brando/Steve Lavin)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Jeff Dean)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 49-28
In Seattle: Series tied, 18-18
Current Streak: Arizona won 5
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 99-67, on 1-14-16 in Tucson
Sean Miller vs. Washington: 7-5

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
Ryan Anderson PF 22 22 637 650 .980
Dusan Ristic C 23 9 313 411 .762
Kaleb Tarczewski C 15 13 291 387 .752
Allonzo Trier SG 16 11 317 450 .704
Kadeem Allen PG 23 22 340 569 .598
Gabe York SG 23 23 391 753 .519
Mark Tollefsen SF 23 10 301 585 .515
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 23 1 153 493 .310
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Chance Comanche C 16 0 45 87 .517
Justin Simon SG 20 0 62 175 .354
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 5 0 8 15 .533
Paulo Cruz SG 4 0 -3 10 -.300
TOTAL TEAM 23 2841 4725 .601

PRODUCTIVITY REPORT
ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:

Name (Year) G S PP MIN PR
Derrick Williams (2011) 38 38 1190 1141 1.043
Sean Elliott (1989) 33 33 1128 1125 1.003
Chris Mills (1993) 28 28 838 870 .963
Sean Elliott (1988) 38 38 1167 1249 .934
D. Stoudamire (1995) 30 30 964 1092 .883
Mike Bibby (1998) 35 35 905 1124 .805
Jason Terry (1999) 29 29 877 1107 .792
Nick Johnson (2014) 38 38 848 1254 .676

Previous result:
ARIZONA 79, WASHINGTON STATE 64
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Ryan Anderson PF 52 32 1.625
*Mark Tollefsen SF 20 36 .556
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 15 29 .517
*P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 14 35 .400
*Gabe York SG 10 31 .323
Justin Simon SG 1 12 .083
Kadeem Allen PG 0 7 .000
Dusan Ristic C -1 16 -.063
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Chance Comanche C 4 2 2.000
TOTAL TEAM 115 200 .575

ARIZONA’S TOP SCORING CENTERS
Rank: Overall school ranking.

Rank Name Years Points
2. Bob Elliott 1973-77 2131
9. Channing Frye 2001-05 1789
14. Anthony Cook 1985-89 1590
15. Sean Rooks 1988-92 1497
25. Frank Smith 1979-83 1329
32. Jordan Hill 2006-09 1208
42. A.J. Bramlett 1995-99 1098
43. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1095
44. Joseph Blair 1992-96 1086
51. Ed Stokes 1989-93 984

MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED

Player Years Wins
Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 109
Jason Gardner 2000-03 107
Matt Othick 1989-92 106
Anthony Cook 1986-89 105
Sean Elliott 1986-89 105
Jud Buechler 1987-90 105
Jordin Mayes 2011-14 105
Sean Rooks 1989-92 104
Khalid Reeves 1991-94 104
Reggie Geary 1993-96 104
Michael Dickerson 1995-98 104
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012–16 103

CHASING 1,000 POINTS
Rank is school rank

Rank Player Years Points
50 Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 1006
51 Ed Stokes 1990-93 984
52 Brandon Ashley 2013-15 979
53 Rick Anderson 1998-03 968
54 Gabe York 2013-16 966
54 Mickey Foster 1967-70 966

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HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present RPI ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played according to KenPom.com.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.35 Gonzaga 18-5 UA/68-63 12/5/15
No.45 Providence 18-5 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.81 Long Beach State 11-12 UA/85-70 12/22/15
No.91 UNLV 13-10 UA/82-70 12/19/15
No.96 Boise State 16-7 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.96 Boise State 16-7 UA/68-59 11/29/15
No.145 Fresno State 14-8 UA/85-72 12/9/15
No.200 Missouri 8-14 UA/88-52 12/13/15
No.243 Santa Clara 8-15 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.254 Pacific 6-15 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.327 Northwestern State 6-14 UA/61-42 11/22/15
No.338 NAU 3-18 UA/92-37 12/16/15
No.339 Bradley 3-21 UA/90-60 11/16/15

PAC-12 POMEROY RATINGS
Present RPI ranking of Pac-12 teams according to KenPom.com.

Rank Opponent Ovr P12 Pomeroy
No.12 Oregon 19-4 8-2 .9076
No.17 Arizona 18-5 6-4 .9011
No.27 USC 18-5 7-3 .8662
No.40 Utah 17-6 6-4 .8201
No.43 California 14-8 4-5 .8093
No.56 Colorado 17-6 6-4 .7878
No.64 UCLA 13-10 4-6 .7608
No.73 Arizona St. 12-11 2-8 .7426
No.74 Washington 15-7 7-3 .7423
No.84 Oregon St. 13-8 4-6 .7214
No.101 Stanford 11-9 4-6 .6711
No.150 Washington St. 9-13 1-9 .5331

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THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER

Rank FG Player Years
1. 342 Salim Stoudamire 2001-05
2. 318 Jason Gardner 1999-2003
3. 272 Damon Stoudamire 1992-95
4. 193 Gabe York 2012-present
4. 193 Jason Terry 1996-99
4. 193 Kyle Fogg 2008-12
7. 191 Matt Othick 1989-92
8. 190 Chase Budinger 2006-09
9. 186 Khalid Reeves 1991-94
10. 176 Miles Simon 1994-98

MOST CAREER STARTS

Starts Player Years
135 Jason Gardner 2000-03
133 Sean Elliott 1986-89
129 Mustafa Shakur 2004-07
129 Solomon Hill 2010-13
123 Anthony Cook 1986-89
120 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
119 Channing Frye 2002-05
119 Kyle Fogg 2009-12
117 Salim Stoudamire 2002-05
109 Craig McMillan 1985-88

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Feb. 3 at Washington St. 79-64 (W) .575 Ryan Anderson PF 52 32 1.625
Jan. 30 Oregon St. 80-63 (W) .655 Dusan Ristic C 11 12 .917
Jan. 28 Oregon 83-75 (L) .545 Ryan Anderson PF 38 32 1.188
Jan. 23 at California 74-73 (L) .525 Dusan Ristic C 18 18 1.000
Jan. 21 at Stanford 71-57 (W) .606 Ryan Anderson PF 31 31 1.000
Jan. 16 Washington St. 90-66 (W) .695 Ryan Anderson PF 30 24 1.250
Jan. 14 Washington 99-67 (W) .870 Ryan Anderson PF 38 25 1.520
Jan. 9 at USC 103-101 (4OT) (L) .453 Dusan Ristic C 15 18 .833
Jan. 7 at UCLA 87-84 (L) .630 Kaleb Tarczewski C 29 24 1.208
Jan. 3 at ASU 94-82 (W) .740 Gabe York SG 34 30 1.133
Dec. 22 Long Beach State 85-70 (W) .665 Allonzo Trier SG 29 31 .935
Dec. 19 UNLV 82-70 (W) .650 Dusan Ristic C 30 25 1.200
Dec. 16 NAU 92-37 (W) .860 Ryan Anderson PF 38 19 2.000
Dec. 13 Missouri 88-52 (W) .700 Ryan Anderson PF 28 24 1.667
Dec. 9 Fresno State 85-72 (W) .595 Allonzo Trier SG 42 33 1.273
Dec. 5 at Gonzaga 68-63 (W) .450 Allonzo Trier SG 27 35 .771
Nov. 29 *Boise State 68-59 (W) .485 Kadeem Allen PG 23 25 .920
Nov. 27 *Providence 69-65 (L) .410 Ryan Anderson PF 44 32 1.375
Nov. 26 *Santa Clara 75-73 OT (W) .436 Ryan Anderson PF 27 36 .750
Nov. 22 Northwestern State 61-42 (W) .440 Gabe York SG 21 26 .750
Nov. 19 Boise State 88-76 (W) .695 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 23 18 1.278
Nov. 16 Bradley 90-60 (W) .710 Allonzo Trier SG 43 23 1.870
Nov. 13 Pacific 79-61 (W) .595 Ryan Anderson PF 40 26 1.538

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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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