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Notes and Numbers: Colorado vs. Arizona Wildcats

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Sean Miller likely hopes the Pac-12 officiating crew and coordinator Bob Dibler had a meeting this morning in which they all agreed to tone down the foul calls here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. As the above tweet indicates, an abundance of fouls were called yesterday in the first day of the Pac-12 tournament. The 167 fouls called equates to more than one every minute (1.04 to be exact). Colorado center Josh Scott was able to go off for a season-high 26 points against Arizona two weeks ago in Boulder, Colo., in part because Kaleb Tarczewski picked up two quick fouls and was not as fierce defensively after that. If either big man gets in foul trouble that could set the tone for either team today. …

— Speaking of fouls, opponents have now fouled out 34 times against Arizona this season. That’s four shy of the record of 38 set by the 1974-75 team of Bob Elliott and Al Fleming. The reason for the high amount of foul outs for opponents this season (by the way, Arizona has only eight)? The attacking style of Allonzo Trier off the dribble and the strength and tenacity inside of Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson. Trier, Tarczewski and Anderson combined for 426 of Arizona’s 779 free throw attempts (54.7 percent). … Kadeem Allen and Dusan Ristic have the next most with 80 each. That number should be much higher for Allen, who must show the same characteristics of a no-holds-barred. yet under control, style at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College. In his sophomore season there in 2013-14, Allen attempted 371 free throws in 33 games (yes, 371) and made 276 for a percentage of 74.4. Just another example that Allen must break out of his shell and become more of a fierce leader at point guard …

— While catching up with the Voice of the Wildcats, Brian Jeffries of the Arizona IMG Network, yesterday, the conversation turned to Arizona’s point guards. Jeffries mentioned an important element of Arizona’s success this postseason will be the play of Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Jeffries has watched every minute of every game and described the tendencies of every player. He knows. Miller has fluctuated between Allen and Jackson-Cartwright as of late with the starting lineup, an indication neither has stepped forward to the level the Arizona coaching staff wants. They have combined for 223 assists with 103 turnovers, a slightly better than 2-to-1 ratio. T.J. McConnell last year had more assists (238) and less turnovers (83) overall. …

— This will be Scott’s third Pac-12 tournament game against Arizona. In the previous two games following the 2012-13 and 2013-14 regular seasons — both losses for the Buffaloes — he combined for only six points and five rebounds while making only 3 of 10 shots from the field in 56 minutes. In other words, he was a non-factor to the extreme in both games combined. After Colorado’s 80-56 win over Washington State yesterday, Scott made the comment that Arizona’s defense “is not like my sophomore year (in 2013-14) when they had (Aaron) Gordon, but they have always had great defensive teams.” …

— Arizona can’t rely on wearing down Colorado and Scott as the Wildcats have done in the past because of the Buffaloes’ much improved bench play under Tad Boyle this season. The Buffaloes had 37 points and 17 rebounds off their bench against the Cougars. Josh Fortune led the reserves in scoring with 13 points while Tory Miller had eight points and seven rebounds. Other big contributors off the bench were Thomas Akyazili (seven points, three rebounds, two assists) and Tre’Shaun Fletcher (six points, three rebounds). “That bench, those four guys, I don’t look at them as bench players or role players,” Boyle said. “They’re guys that can come in and impact the game. They’re all capable of doing that. The key is not to try to do too much and rely on each other and play with each other and for each other. As long as we do that, we’ve got a chance to beat anybody.” …

— Because Colorado had a comfortable lead for most of the game against Washington State, it afforded Boyle a chance to rest his starters in hopes of saving their legs Arizona. Wesley Gordon played the most minutes, finishing with 26. Scott, who averages more than 30 minutes per game, played only 22 while George King and Miller played just 23. “That was nice, especially our three bigs,” Boyle said. “When we can spread their minutes out like we did tonight, it makes it easier on all of them.” …

— Arizona finished the regular season with six conference losses. The Wildcats avenged three of those defeats by beating UCLA, USC and California in the second meetings of the season all at McKale Center. The other three league losses, to Oregon, Colorado and Utah, happened in Arizona’s only regular-season meeting with those programs. Those three teams are still alive in the Pac-12 tournament starting with Colorado today. …

— How Arizona fares on the glass against Scott and Colorado will be very important. As of Monday, Arizona ranked sixth in the country in rebounding margin (plus-9.9) by NCAA.com and third in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage (.766) by KenPom.com. Arizona has dominated the glass in the Sean Miller era by outrebounding their opponent in 175 of 246 games, which accounts for 71.1 percent of those games. The Wildcats’ record in those 175 games is 147-28 (.840). … Colorado tied Arizona on the boards two weeks ago in Boulder with 38 but the Buffaloes had more offensive rebounds 14-11. The Buffaloes outscored Arizona in second-chance points 17-11 although Arizona had the edge in points in the paint 40-34. That last number is significant because Scott had 26 of those 34 points. You can sense where Arizona’s defensive strategy lies today: Contain Scott and you’re in good shape. …

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COLORADO (22-10)
VS. NO. 15 ARIZONA (24-7)

Tip Time: 3:30 p.m. MST
TV: CBS (Kevin Calabro/Don MacLean)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 13-12
Neutral Court: Arizona leads 3-1
Current Streak: Colorado won 1
Last Meeting: Colorado won in Boulder, Colo., 75-72 (2-24-16)
Sean Miller vs. Colorado: 9-4

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 30 30 855 879 .973
Kaleb Tarczewski C 23 21 451 611 .738
Dusan Ristic C 31 9 377 531 .709
Allonzo Trier SG 24 18 441 658 .670
Kadeem Allen PG 31 25 399 748 .533
Gabe York SG 31 31 554 1056 .525
Mark Tollefsen SF 31 13 357 725 .492
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 31 6 241 656 .367
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Chance Comanche C 20 0 56 115 .487
Justin Simon SG 23 0 69 187 .369
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 7 0 21 26 .808
Paulo Cruz SG 6 0 -5 16 -.313
TOTAL TEAM 31 3782 6325 .598

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 vs. Colorado:
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

Previous game:
ARIZONA 94, STANFORD 62
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Gabe York SG 42 30 1.400
*Ryan Anderson PF 31 24 1.292
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 24 21 1.143
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 11 17 .647
*Allonzo Trier SG 12 23 .522
Mark Tollefsen SF 6 20 .300
*Kadeem Allen PG 3 22 .136
Dusan Ristic C -3 19 -.158
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 10 7 1.429
Justin Simon SG 6 5 1.200
Chance Comanche C -1 8 -.125
Paulo Cruz SG -2 4 -.500
TOTAL TEAM 139 200 .695

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ALL-PAC-12 CENTER JOSH SCOTT VS. ARIZONA (CAREER)
Italicized: Pac-12 tournament games

Year W/L Game GS Min FGs FTs R PF A TO BL ST PTS
12-13 L at Arizona * 35 6-8 3-4 5 4 2 0 1 0 15
12-13 W Arizona * 31 3-4 0-0 5 3 1 1 1 2 6
12-13 L vs. Arizona * 22 1-1 0-0 3 3 0 1 1 0 2
13-14 L at Arizona * 35 5-11 5-5 11 2 0 3 0 1 15
13-14 L Arizona - 33 4-11 10-10 8 1 0 1 0 1 18
13-14 L vs. Arizona * 34 2-9 0-0 2 0 0 3 1 1 4
14-15 L Arizona * 25 4-6 1-2 6 0 0 2 4 0 9
15-16 W Arizona * 36 10-18 6-7 9 1 0 3 3 0 26
Totals 2-6 7 251 35-68 25-28 49 14 3 14 11 5 95
Avg/Pct 31.4 51.5% 89.3% 7.0 1.6 0.3 1.6 1.2 0.6 10.6


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

Rank Opponent Ovr P12 Pomeroy
No.13 Arizona 24-7 12-6 .8992
No.16 Oregon 25=6 14-4 .8965
No.22 California 22-9 12-6 .8812
No.25 Utah 24-7 13-5 .8708
No.47 USC 21-11 9-9 .8037
No.57 Colorado 22-10 10-8 .7788
No.58 Oregon St. 19-11 9-9 .7776
No.62 Washington 18-13 9-9 .7660
No.72 UCLA 15-17 6-12 .7344
No.97 Arizona St. 15-17 5-13 .6903
No.101 Stanford 15-13 8-10 .6729
No.195 Washington St. 9-22 1-17 .4184

ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
Overall

Player Years Points
Ryan Anderson 2011-16 1756
Kadeem Allen 2012-16 1673
Mark Tollefsen 2012-16 1245
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1162
Gabe York 2012-16 1097

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

THREE-POINT GOALS SEASON

FG Player Season
120 Salim Stoudamire 2004-05
114 Steve Kerr 1987-88
112 Damon Stoudamire 1994-95
106 Jason Gardner 2001-02
93 Damon Stoudamire 1993-94
88 Gabe York 2015-16
85 Khalid Reeves 1993-94
78 Salim Stoudamire 2003-04
77 Mike Bibby 1997-98
76 Jason Terry 1998-99
76 Jason Gardner 2000-01

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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
38. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1162
43. A.J. Bramlett 1995-99 1098
44. Joseph Blair 1992-96 1086
52. 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
846 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
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

MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED

Player Years Wins
Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 109
Kaleb Tarczewski 2013–16 109
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
Gabe York 2013-16 104
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
128 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
219 120 Gabe York 2012-16
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

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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
March 5 Stanford 94-62 (W) .695 Gabe York SG 42 30 1.400
March 3 Cal 64-61 (W) .400 Ryan Anderson PF 30 32 .938
Feb. 27 at Utah 70-64 (L) .405 Chance Comanche C 9 11 .818
Feb. 24 at Colorado 75-72 (L) .610 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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