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Notes and Numbers: Arizona Wildcats at Colorado

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Arizona is 4-0 in games in which Parker Jackson-Cartwright has started this season

Arizona is 4-0 in games in which Parker Jackson-Cartwright has started this season

— With two weeks left in the regular season, Colorado’s Tad Boyle is still tinkering with his starting lineup. Sean Miller recently has done the same thing, inserting Parker Jackson-Cartwright as the starter at point guard in place of Kadeem Allen. Boyle used his seventh different starting lineup when the Buffaloes lost big at UCLA 77-53 last Saturday. Two players who have been mostly reserves in the past three weeks — shooting guard Josh Fortune and wing Tre’Shaun Fletcher — started against the Bruins in addition to freshman guard Thomas Akyazili, who made his first career start in place of Dom Collier. … Miller has utilized eight different starting lineups this season, in part because of injuries to Kaleb Tarczewski and Allonzo Trier and an illness that struck Allen. The current lineup of Jackson-Cartwright, Gabe York, Trier, Ryan Anderson and Tarczewski has yet to lose with a 3-0 record. In Jackson-Cartwright’s four starts this season Arizona has yet to lose. …

— Boyle is one of the best coaches in the Pac-12 and he is known for forcing his methodical, grind-it-out tempo on games to give his team a better chance. That did not work last weekend in Los Angeles, where the Buffaloes were swept against USC and UCLA. They blew a 15-point second-half lead at USC and suffered their worst loss of the season in the 24-point setback to the Bruins. The Buffaloes had only five points in transition in both games — three at USC and two at UCLA. After taking the 15-point lead against the Trojans, the Buffaloes were outscored 111-65 the rest of the weekend against USC and UCLA. Their defense and offense collapsed. UCLA’s 30-for-60 mark from the field was just the fourth time a Colorado opponent has hit the 50 percent mark, with two of those games occurring in the past four games….

— Colorado, which still as a respectable RPI of No. 35, is a different team at home, however. The Buffaloes are 14-1 at the Coors Event Center. The only defeat at home was a 56-54 grinder to a good Utah team on Jan. 8. The Buffaloes’ average attendance in their 15 games at the Coors Event Center to this point is 8,236, which is almost 3,000 below capacity (11,064). Colorado officials expect a packed house tonight. That’s nothing new for Arizona, which is only one of two teams with winning conference records on the road this season (Utah is the other). The attendance at conference venues increases dramatically when Arizona visits. In its seven conference road games to date, Arizona has drawn an average of 8,073 fans. Those arenas combined to average only 5,440 prior to the Wildcats visiting. That’s an average increase of almost 50 percent (48.4) when Arizona visits. …

— Credit Boyle for making the most of the in-state talent in Colorado, which is not a hotbed for recruiting. Three of Colorado’s best players are from that state — center Josh Scott, guard Xavier Talton and forward Wesley Gordon. Eight players on the roster are from Colorado. One outsider, talented wing player George King, hails from Fayetteville, N.C., and prepped at San Antonio. King, a sophomore, is averaging 13.9 points, ranking second on the team. He is shooting 45 percent from 3-point range where he leads the Buffaloes with 57 3-point field goals. With the loquacious Xavier Johnson out this season with a knee injury, King has evolved into one of the most improved players in the league. He hardly played last season as a freshman. “When it comes to leadership, and I’ve talked about this with George, good players make themselves better,” Boyle told the Denver Post. “Great players and leaders make others around them better. He has the ability to do that, but that’s something where he’s still dialed into his game to make sure that he’s ready and he’s playing well. That’s kind of where his mind-set is right now, so that’s going to be a process we certainly would like to foster and accelerate.” …

— Colorado’s RPI is relatively close to Arizona’s — the Wildcats are at No. 26 — because the Buffaloes have three wins against the RPI Top 50 (Oregon State, Oregon and Cal), they ventured out of conference to play Iowa State and SMU, and their worst loss is to No. 70 Washington on the road. They have no bad losses. Colorado is 3-7 against the RPI top 50. Arizona is 2-4. The Wildcats’ worst loss is to No. 68 UCLA on the road, a game in which the Bruins won on a last-second three-pointer by Bryce Alford. The key element for most Pac-12 teams this season is the lack of bad losses, which should weigh heavily when the NCAA tournament selection committee convenes in a couple of weeks. …

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NO. 9 ARIZONA (22-5, 10-4)
AT COLORADO (19-9, 8-7)

Tip Time: 7:05 p.m. MST
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Jeff Dean)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 13-11
In Boulder: Colorado leads 7-3
Current Streak: Arizona won 6
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 82-54 in Boulder, Colo. (2-26-15)
Sean Miller vs. Colorado: 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

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Ryan Anderson PF 26 26 743 765 .971
Dusan Ristic C 27 9 375 475 .789
Kaleb Tarczewski C 19 17 369 497 .742
Allonzo Trier SG 20 14 393 545 .721
Kadeem Allen PG 27 23 364 647 .563
Gabe York SG 27 27 454 885 .513
Mark Tollefsen SF 27 11 342 670 .510
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 27 4 213 596 .357
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Chance Comanche C 17 0 50 93 .538
Justin Simon SG 21 0 63 181 .348
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 6 0 11 19 .579
Paulo Cruz SG 5 0 -3 12 -.250
TOTAL TEAM 27 3360 5525 .608

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 game:
ARIZONA 99, ASU 61
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Allonzo Trier SG 34 24 1.417
*Ryan Anderson PF 28 24 1.167
Dusan Ristic C 19 17 1.118
Kadeem Allen PG 15 15 1.000
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 24 25 .960
*P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 17 27 .630
Mark Tollefsen SF 11 21 .524
*Gabe York SG 12 29 .414
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Chance Comanche C 5 6 .833
Jacob Hazzard PG 3 4 .750
Justin Simon SG 1 6 .167
Paulo Cruz SG 0 2 .000
TOTAL TEAM 169 200 .845

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— With their careers winding down, the records watch of Tarczewski and York increases. With a win tonight, Tarczewski will be all alone in second place in the Arizona career charts with 108 victories, trailing Matt Muehlebach’s record mark of 109. Tarczewski is also slated to make his 125th career start tonight. Only four other players have reached that plateau at Arizona — Jason Gardner (135), Sean Elliott (133), Mustafa Shakur (129) and Solomon Hill (129). … With five points tonight, Tarczewski will tie Phil Taylor for No. 40 on the school’s career scoring list at 1,127 points. He will become only the third Arizona player in history to be ranked in the top 40 in scoring and top 10 in rebounding and blocked shots. Anthony Cook and Channing Frye are the others. …

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

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.34 Gonzaga 21-7 UA/68-63 12/5/15
No.56 Providence 19-8 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.85 L.Beach St 15-12 UA/85-70 12/22/15
No.97 Boise St 18-10 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.97 Boise St 18-10 UA/68-59 11/29/15
No.116 UNLV 16-13 UA/82-70 12/19/15
No.129 Fresno St 18-9 UA/85-72 12/9/15
No.171 Missouri 10-18 UA/88-52 12/13/15
No.245 Pacific 7-19 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.257 Santa Clara 10-18 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.317 NW State 8-17 UA/61-42 11/22/15
No.333 NAU 5-21 UA/92-37 12/16/15
No.335 Bradley 5-25 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.13 Arizona 22-5 10-4 .9052
No.17 Oregon 21-6 10-4 .8832
No.26 California 19-8 9-5 .8609
No.27 Utah 21-7 10-5 .8556
No.38 USC 19-8 8-6 .8552
No.52 UCLA 15-12 6-8 .7901
No.62 Oregon St. 15-10 6-8 .7580
No.65 Washington 16-11 8-7 .7481
No.69 Colorado 19-9 8-7 .7413
No.79 Arizona St. 14-13 4-10 .7241
No.107 Stanford 13-12 6-8 .6660
No.189 Washington St. 9-18 1-14 .4362

ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
Overall

Player Years Points
Ryan Anderson 2011-16 1679
Kadeem Allen 2012-16 1638
Mark Tollefsen 2012-16 1232
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1116
Gabe York 2012-16 1016

Before Arizona
Player School Points
Kadeem Allen Hutchinson (Kan.) JC 1425
Ryan Anderson Boston College 1282
Mark Tollefsen San Francisco 1006

1987-88 (by end of that season)
Player Years Points
Sean Elliott 1985-88 1820
Tom Tolbert 1986-88 1495
Steve Kerr 1983-88 1445
Craig McMillan 1984-88 1174
Anthony Cook 1985-88 1012

Before Arizona
Player School Points
Tom Tolbert UC Irvine/Cerritos JC 541

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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
41. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1122
43. A.J. Bramlett 1995-99 1098
44. Joseph Blair 1992-96 1086
51. Ed Stokes 1989-93 984

MOST CAREER REBOUNDS

Reb Player Years
1190 Al Fleming 1973-76
1083 Bob Elliott 1974-77
975 Channing Frye 2001-05
861 Anthony Cook 1986-89
837 Bill Reeves 1954-57
832 Michael Wright 1998-2001
824 Ernie McCray 1957-60
817 A.J. Bramlett 1996-99
808 Sean Elliott 1986-89
808 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16

MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED
Note: Gabe York is at 102 wins.

Player Years Wins
Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 109
Jason Gardner 2000-03 107
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012–16 107
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

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
124 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
123 Anthony Cook 1986-89
119 Channing Frye 2002-05
119 Kyle Fogg 2009-12
117 Salim Stoudamire 2002-05
109 Craig McMillan 1985-88

THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER

FG G Player Years
342 129 Salim Stoudamire 2001-05
318 136 Jason Gardner 1999-2003
272 123 Damon Stoudamire 1992-95
205 116 Gabe York 2012-present
193 129 Jason Terry 1996-99
193 139 Kyle Fogg 2008-12
191 129 Matt Othick 1989-92
190 100 Chase Budinger 2006-09
186 128 Khalid Reeves 1991-94
176 114 Miles Simon 1994-98

THREE-POINT GOALS SEASON

Rank FG Player Season
1. 120 Salim Stoudamire 2004-05
2. 114 Steve Kerr 1987-88
3. 112 Damon Stoudamire 1994-95
4. 106 Jason Gardner 2001-02
5. 93 Damon Stoudamire 1993-94
6. 85 Khalid Reeves 1993-94
7. 78 Salim Stoudamire 2003-04
8. 77 Mike Bibby 1997-98
9. 76 Jason Terry 1998-99
10. 76 Jason Gardner 2000-01
74 Gabe York 2015-16

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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. 17 ASU 99-61 (W) 825 Allonzo Trier SG 34 24 1.417
Feb. 14 USC 86-78 (W) .675 Mark Tollefsen SF 23 21 1.095
Feb. 12 UCLA 81-75 (W) .570 Kaleb Tarczewski C 25 28 .893
Feb. 6 at Washington 77-72 (W) .505 Ryan Anderson PF 41 33 1.242
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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