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Notes and Numbers: ASU at Arizona Wildcats

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— The last time ASU coach Bobby Hurley visited Tucson and McKale Center was almost 25 years ago when his Duke team lost 103-96 in a classic double-overtime game against the Wildcats (see the video below). The Blue Devils were ranked No. 7 and Arizona No. 9. The game was on Feb. 24, 1991, a late-season marquee non-conference game that we do not see any more. Arizona extended its nation-leading home winning streak to 61 games at the time with the gut-wrenching win over Mike Krzyzewski’s team that included Hurley, Christian Laettner and Grant Hill. … Matt Muehlebach scored seven points in the second overtime as the Wildcats (22-5) beat the Blue Devils (23-6). Hurley, who fouled out late in the second overtime, commented afterward to the Associated Press that Muehlebach’s opening three-pointer of that period “was a key basket for them. It gave them the momentum they needed. We weren’t able to come up with the crucial play to get us over the hump.” … Hurley finished with 14 points and eight assists. He made 3 of 7 from three-point range. …

— Arizona enters the week as one of only two programs in the nation to have four active players on its roster with at least 1,000 career points at the NCAA Division I level. Ryan Anderson (1,679 points), Mark Tollefsen (1,232 points), Kaleb Tarczewski (1,116 points) and Gabe York (1,016 points) make up the UA quartet of scorers. George Washington is the only other program in the nation to have four active players with 1,000 NCAA Division I career points. … Including Kadeem Allen’s scoring at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College, Arizona has five players with more than 1,000 points post-high school for the first time since the 1987-88 season. …

ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
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1987-88 (by end of that season)
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— Tollefsen led the Wildcats in productivity for the first time this season with his performance against USC on Sunday. He averages 8.3 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. He is more of a defensive threat lately, second on the team with 20 blocked shots. Allen leads the Wildcats with 22. Tollefsen is not the equal of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on defense overall with foot speed and anticipation, but Hollis-Jefferson had only 12 more blocked shots than where Tollefsen is now …

— ASU sophomore guard Tra Holder is averaging a team-best 15.3 points and has made 46 three-pointers. He has led the team in scoring in 15 games and has seven 20-point games. He became the first Sun Devil to post five straight 20-point games since James Harden did it in his freshman season of 2007-08 and the first Pac-12 player to open league play with four straight 20-point games since Cal’s Patrick Christopher in 2008-09. … Holder will initially be matched against Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who will start his third straight game and four out of the last five. Jackson-Cartwright is third in the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) with 95 assists and only 38 turnovers. Jackson-Cartwright has also made a league-leading 53.8 percent (15 of 28) of his three-point attempts in conference games. … Fitting that in a game pitting two coaches who were point guards (Sean Miller and Hurley) has two point guards who have become valuable to their teams. …

— Arizona’s opponents have fouled out 30 times, only eight away from the school record of 38 set in 1974-75, when the Wildcats had the unstoppable forces of Bob Elliott and Al Fleming around the basket. It is the most amount of opponent disqualifications since 2000-01, when 34 foul outs occurred. That team that reached the NCAA title game had the late Michael Wright, relentless inside, along with the slashing Richard Jefferson and active post player Loren Woods. … Ryan Anderson, who can be bullish around the basket, has drawn the most fouls. He has attempted 163 free throws with 121 made. Derrick Williams holds the Arizona record with 247 free throws in 331 attempts in 2010-11. …

— ASU’s leading rebounder is Savon Goodman, a 6’6″ and 220-pound forward, with 6.9 a game. Goodman has nine career double-doubles. Anderson has 13 this season. Goodman’s last double-double is a 10-point and 10-rebound performance against Washington on Jan. 16. Arizona should have a size advantage with Anderson and Tarczewski, who combined are averaging 19 rebounds a game. What Arizona should concern itself with most is the athleticism and hustle of Goodman, Obinna Oleka, Willie Atwood and Gerry Blakes (combined 22.6 rebounds a game) making something out of nothing. …

— York had one of his best games at ASU early last month. He led the Wildcats in productivity with 22 points with six assists and only one turnover in 30 minutes. York, who leads the Pac-12 with 72 made three-pointers, is only four shy of cracking Arizona’s top 10 career list in that category. Salim Stoudamire holds the record with 120 made in 2004-05. York is on pace to have 86 three-pointers by the end of the regular season. …

— If you’re curious as to whether John Higgins, the ref who ejected Hurley from last month’s game, will work tonight’s game, the answer is no. Pac-12 officiating coordinator Bob Dibler told CBS’s Seth Davis recently that Higgins will not work any more Sun Devil games this season but may be assigned to ASU games in the future. Higgins was supposed to work a game at Tempe when ASU played Washington, two weeks after the episode in Tempe, but he and Dibler thought it would be best to work a different game. …

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ASU (14-12, 4-9) VS.
NO. 12 ARIZONA (21-5, 9-4)

Tip Time: 6:07 p.m. MST
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch/Miles Simon)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 147-82
Current Streak: Arizona won 1
Last Meeting: Arizona won 94-82 in Tempe (1-9-16)
Sean Miller vs. ASU: 10-5

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
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PRODUCTIVITY REPORT
ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:
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Previous meeting:
ARIZONA 94, ARIZONA STATE 82
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS
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Previous game:
ARIZONA 86, USC 78
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS
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HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present power ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played according to KenPom.com.
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PAC-12 POMEROY RATINGS
Present RPI ranking of Pac-12 teams according to KenPom.com.
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ARIZONA’S TOP SCORING CENTERS
Rank: Overall school ranking.
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MOST CAREER REBOUNDS
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MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED
Note: Gabe York is at 101 wins.
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MOST CAREER STARTS
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THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER
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THREE-POINT GOALS SEASON
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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)
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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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