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Notes and Numbers: Arizona Wildcats at Utah

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Anthony Gimino’s above stat is the stat of the week, perhaps the stat of the year, even decade. Arizona has lost its six games this season by a total of 21 points for an average margin of defeat of only 3.5 points. The Wildcats have not lost a game by double digits in its last 17 losses going back to its 89-78 loss at USC on Feb. 27, 2013, a span of the 111 games Gimino mentioned. In the Wildcats’ four road losses this season, their combined loss margin is only nine points. They had a chance to win or tie the game to the last second in each of those four losses. …

— Listening to the Utah feed the other night on Sirius/XM in its game against ASU the Utes broadcasters mentioned multiple times about the concern about playing Arizona less than 40 hours after the conclusion of that 81-46 rout over the Sun Devils. Never mind that the game was practically over when Utah took 15-0 and 30-2 leads in the first 10 minutes and the Utes’ starters rested practically the entire second half. … Other themes that were talked about during the game and during the postgame interviews: The need for a sellout against the Wildcats and the desire — very strong desire — to finally beat Utah. No question the mental aspect of today’s game is important. With how much energy Utah is spending on the peripheral elements of the game, the Wildcats could improve their chances immensely today coming out strong and being aggressive. I expect the Utes to come out tight and wired, maybe too wired. …

— The matchup against Utah All-American candidate center Jakob Poeltl is a strong concern for Arizona because of the way Colorado’s Josh Scott, a lesser overall talent, scorched the Wildcats with 25 points. Primarily because of Poeltl, Utah is outscoring opponents in the paint by a margin of 1048-768 this season. The Utes average 36.1 points in the paint per game, while the opposition is recording just 26.5, a difference of plus-9.6. … Important for Arizona in this aspect is the Wildcats staying out of foul trouble in the interior with Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson. A significant reason why Scott went off against Arizona was Tarczewski’s early foul trouble and Tarczewski playing timid afterward. Scott gained the mental edge from the start. That can’t happen against Poeltl. In Arizona’s sweep of Utah last year, Poeltl was a non-factor in both games because of early foul trouble. He never gained a mental edge against Tarczewski and Co. …

— The last time Utah defeated Arizona in Salt Lake City was on Dec. 21, 1985, a 76-68 victory for the Utes. The Wildcats, who have a 12-game winning streak over Utah overall, have won their last six games at the Huntsman Center in the 31-year span. Time capsule: In that 1985 game, the year Arizona won its first Pac-12 title (then the Pac-10), freshman Sean Elliott led the Wildcats with 19 points. Manny Hendrix was the Utes’ leading scorer with 24 points. The Wildcats fell to 5-4 after that game. Lute Olson’s team went 18-3 over the next 21 games. …

— Judging from his stats against Arizona, senior forward Jordan Loveridge does not love playing the Wildcats. Loveridge appears ready to break out of his doldrums against Arizona after posting a sixth straight double-digit scoring effort on Thursday against ASU, recording 14 points against ASU. Loveridge’s 15points per game average over the past six games trails only Poeltl’s 18.7 points per game average. Loveridge has posted 15 double-figure scoring efforts on the season and 82 for his career. … He was 6 of 15 from the field with 22 points in the games last years against the Wildcats. He was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc, however, but that means he was only 1 of 5 inside it. Conclusion: Loveridge is mostly a three-point shooter and not much else. If he burns Arizona today, shame on the Wildcats, because they know his strength. …

— Anderson has recorded a double-double in 14 of his 27 appearances this season and is averaging 16 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He is one of only 13 players in the nation to average at least 16 points and 10 rebounds a game as of Thursday morning while being one of four from a Power 5 conference, according to Arizona’s media relations department. Anderson has 34 double-doubles in his career. …

— Utah’s floor general is undoubtedly senior point guard Brandon Taylor, who ranks No. 26 all-time in the Utes’ record book with 1,189 career points. He moved into the No. 6 spot last week for assists. He is seven assists shy from moving into fifth for all-time assists. He has played in 126 games in his career. … On the other hand, who is Arizona’s floor general? Former Arizona basketball player Jawann McClellan now a high school assistant coach and AAU coach in the Houston area mentioned this morning on the KCUB (1290-AM) pregame show that his only concern with Arizona is the indecision of whether Kadeem Allen or Parker Jackson-Cartwright is the main guy at the point. “As a player, you want to know who that guy is going to be,” he said. “We had that the last couple of years with T.J. (McConnell).” … Jackson-Cartwright has started the last four games. Allen has 23 starts. The Pac-12 tournament and NCAA tournament beckons. The time for a floor general to develop is reaching the end. …

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NO. 9 ARIZONA (22-6, 10-5)
AT NO. 22 UTAH (22-7, 11-5)

Tip Time: 12:05 p.m. MST
TV: ESPN (Roxy Bernstein/Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Jeff Dean)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 30-28
In Salt Lake City: Utah leads 19-10
Current Streak: Arizona won 12
Last Meeting: Arizona won, 63-57 in Salt Lake City (2-28-15)
Sean Miller vs. Utah: 9-0

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 27 27 775 797 .972
Dusan Ristic C 28 9 383 493 .777
Kaleb Tarczewski C 20 18 389 523 .744
Allonzo Trier SG 21 15 409 574 .713
Kadeem Allen PG 28 23 377 671 .562
Gabe York SG 28 28 467 919 .508
Mark Tollefsen SF 28 11 345 686 .503
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 28 5 230 613 .375
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 28 3482 5725 .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:
COLORADO 75, ARIZONA 72
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Ryan Anderson PF 32 32 1.000
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 20 26 .769
*P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 17 27 .630
*Allonzo Trier SG 16 29 .551
Kadeem Allen PG 13 24 .542
Dusan Ristic C 8 18 .444
*Gabe York SG 13 34 .382
Mark Tollefsen SF 3 16 .188
LESS THAN 10 MIN
None
TOTAL TEAM 122 200 .610

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— With their careers winding down, the records watch of Tarczewski and York increases. With a win today, 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 126th career start today. Only four other players have reached that plateau at Arizona — Jason Gardner (135), Sean Elliott (133), Mustafa Shakur (129) and Solomon Hill (129). … Tarczewski is only the third Arizona player in history to be ranked in the top 40 in career scoring (1,130 points) and top 10 in rebounding (815) and blocked shots (106). 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 22-7 UA/68-63 12/5/15
No.59 Providence 19-9 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.102 Boise St 18-10 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.102 Boise St 18-10 UA/68-59 11/29/15
No.104 L.Beach St 15-13 UA/85-70 12/22/15
No.116 UNLV 16-13 UA/82-70 12/19/15
No.138 Fresno St 19-9 UA/85-72 12/9/15
No.169 Missouri 10-18 UA/88-52 12/13/15
No.237 Pacific 8-19 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.249 Santa Clara 10-19 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.320 NW State 8-17 UA/61-42 11/22/15
No.335 NAU 5-21 UA/92-37 12/16/15
No.337 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.16 Arizona 22-6 10-5 .8969
No.18 Oregon 22-6 11-4 .8834
No.23 Utah 22-7 11-5 .8712
No.24 California 20-8 10-5 .8609
No.46 USC 19-9 8-7 .8031
No.53 UCLA 15-13 6-9 .7868
No.62 Oregon St. 16-10 7-8 .7573
No.64 Colorado 20-9 9-7 .7549
No.65 Washington 16-12 8-8 .7533
No.85 Stanford 14-12 7-8 .7094
No.92 Arizona St. 14-14 4-11 .6992
No.186 Washington St. 9-19 1-15 .4425

ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
Overall

Player Years Points
Ryan Anderson 2011-16 1713
Kadeem Allen 2012-16 1661
Mark Tollefsen 2012-16 1238
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1130
Gabe York 2012-16 1039

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
40. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1130
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
815 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
808 Sean Elliott 1986-89

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
125 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
206 116 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
75 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. 24 Colorado 75-72 (L) Ryan Anderson PF 32 32 1.000
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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