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Notes and Numbers: No. 11 Wichita State vs. No. 6 Arizona

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— A lot of emphasis will be placed on Wichita State’s senior guards Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Evan Wessel, rightfully so, but what do the Shockers have on the frontcourt to challenge Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson? Gregg Marshall’s team will give up a lot of size to the Wildcats as Wichita State starts 6’8″ and 260-pound center Shaquille Morris and 6’6″ forward Zach Brown at the other forward spot on the front line. Morris and Brown combine for 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Anderson tops those two by himself — 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. Tarczewski averages 9.4 and 9.3. Arizona’s reserve centers Chance Comanche and Dusan Ristic (combined 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a game) would be standouts on Wichita State’s roster. This will be a classic game of Wichita State trying to neutralize Arizona’s size advantage by penetrating off screens, drawing double teams and kicking off for open jumpers or layups by attracting double- and triple-teams on VanVleet especially. …

— Two of the nation’s two freshmen will be on display at the wing, off-guard positions with Arizona’s Allonzo Trier and Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie (the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year). The 6’8″ McDuffie is his league’s youngest freshman just shy of 18 years, 6 months while Trier is already 20. Statistics guru Ken Pomeroy ranks McDuffie as the MVC’s fourth-most efficient offensive player at 106.5. Trier is ranked No. 21 in the Pac-12 in the same category but his rating is higher than McDuffie’s at 112.6. With VanVleet and Baker the primary offensive options — combining for 632 of the Shockers’ 1905 field goal attempts (about one-third) — it is difficult for McDuffie to post numbers like Trier. McDuffie shoots 42.8 percent from the field (80 of 187) and only 31.9 percent from beyond the arc (22 of 69). Despite missing seven games with a broken right hand, Trier, who plays in a more uptempo offense, has made 118 of 250 attempts (47.2 percent) and 38 of 104 (36.5 percent) from three-point range. …

Sean Miller is 7-1 in the NCAA tournament first round in his 12 years as head coach. He has won seven consecutive games since losing with Xavier as a No. 14 seed against Gonzaga 79-75 at Salt Lake City in 2006. He is 13-2 in the opening weekend (first and second rounds) of the NCAA tournament, including an 8-0 mark at Arizona. Dating back to his Xavier years, he has a 12-game winning streak in the opening two rounds. … Marshall is 4-7 in NCAA tournament first round games but he started 0-5 in that regard with Winthrop before coaching the Eagles to an upset as a No. 11 seed (sound familiar?) over Notre Dame in the 2007 tournament before losing to Oregon in the second round. Marshall has taken Wichita State to five consecutive NCAA tournaments. In the previous three he has survived past the first and second rounds including reaching the 2013 Final Four. …

— In Wednesday’s press conference, Miller compared the impact of VanVleet to Wichita State’s team with how T.J. McConnell captained the Wildcats last year. “He reminds me a lot of T.J. McConnell, and Fred should take that as the ultimate compliment,” Miller said. “In our program, he’s the standard when it comes to winning, playing the game, and helping his teammates. Fred, I think his poise, how under control he is on offense, how he makes the right play almost every time, and yet he’s over 40 percent as a three-point shooter. Watching him on defense, I love the way he defends, and I’ve already talked about him and Baker. When you have two senior guards who embody those types of qualities as defenders, it makes life tough for their opponent.” … As a senior last year, McConnell averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He had about a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio averaging only 2.1 turnovers a game. VanVleet this season is averaging 12.1 points, 5.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. VanVleet is averaging only 1.7 turnovers a game, so his assist-to-turnover ratio is about 5-to-1. Incredible. …

— With VanVleet’s controlled style of play don’t count on Wichita State beating itself. Opponents have proven to be more blundered against Wichita State’s defense. Opponents have finished with as many or more turnovers than field goals 11 times since VanVleet returned from his hamstring injury on Dec. 5. Wichita State ranks No. 2 in the nation in turnover margin compared to opponents at plus-5.5 per game. Utah had 19 turnovers and only 14 field goals in its 67-50 loss at Wichita State on Dec. 12. Utah beat Duke a week later at Madison Square Garden. …

— The last time Arizona played Wichita State was 61 seasons ago, on Dec. 29, 1954, when Hadie Redd — the first African-American hoops player at Arizona — starred for the Wildcats. The Shockers were simply called “Wichita” back then. They beat Arizona and Redd 87-64 in Wichita on a Wednesday night in the first game of a holiday tournament there. Redd scored 16 points to lead the Wildcats, who were coached by Fred Enke Sr. Teams from the West have scheduled series with the Shockers since Marshall’s team has come on to the national scene. Sure Arizona fans wouldn’t mind a home-and-home with them as long as Marshall is there. …

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NO. 11 WICHITA STATE (25-8)
VS. NO. 6 ARIZONA (25-8)

Tip Time: 6:20 p.m. MST
TV: TNT (Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

THE SERIES
Overall: Series tied at 1
Neutral Court: First meeting
Current Streak: Wichita State won 1
Last Meeting: Wichita State won in Wichita, 87-64 (12-29-54)
Sean Miller vs. Wichita State: First meeting.

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 32 32 893 932 .958
Kaleb Tarczewski C 25 23 476 677 .703
Dusan Ristic C 33 9 386 552 .699
Allonzo Trier SG 26 20 484 720 .672
Kadeem Allen PG 33 27 437 817 .535
Gabe York SG 33 33 584 1136 .514
Mark Tollefsen SF 33 13 366 737 .497
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 33 6 254 698 .364
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Chance Comanche C 22 0 73 132 .553
Justin Simon SG 24 0 68 190 .358
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 7 0 21 26 .808
Paulo Cruz SG 6 0 -5 16 -.313
TOTAL TEAM 33 4003 6750 .593

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:
OREGON 95, ARIZONA 89 (OT)
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
Chance Comanche C 11 13 .846
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 21 33 .636
*Allonzo Trier SG 14 29 .483
*Kadeem Allen PG 17 40 .425
*Gabe York SG 17 44 .386
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 6 23 .261
*Ryan Anderson PF 0 26 .000
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Mark Tollefsen SF 13 5 2.600
Dusan Ristic C 4 9 .444
Justin Simon SG -1 3 -.333
TOTAL TEAM 102 225 .453

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ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
Overall

Player Years Points
Ryan Anderson 2011-16 1779
Kadeem Allen 2012-16 1699
Mark Tollefsen 2012-16 1253
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1177
Gabe York 2012-16 1133

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
96 Gabe York 2015-16
93 Damon Stoudamire 1993-94
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

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
227 123 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

MOST CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS

Blocks Player Years
278 Anthony Cook 1986-89
258 Channing Frye 2002-05
186 Loren Woods 2000-01
167 Ed Stokes 1990-93
142 Sean Rooks 1989-92
140 Jordan Hill 2007-09
114 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
104 A.J. Bramlett 1996-99
101 Joseph Blair 1993-96
85 Hassan Adams 2003-06

MOST BLOCKED SHOTS TEAM

No. Year Leader Blk
192 1999-00 Loren Woods 102
185 1989-90 E.Stokes/S.Rooks 49
183 1990-91 Sean Rooks 37
173 1987-88 Anthony Cook 73
173 2013-14 R.Hollis-Jefferson 40
159 2000-01 Loren Woods 84
158 2015-16 Kaleb Tarczewski 33
145 1988-89 Anthony Cook 84
144 2004-05 Channing Frye 85
136 2002-03 Channinf Frye 60

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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
36. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1177
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
869 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
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

MOST SEASON REBOUNDS

Reb Player Years
375 Jordan Hill 2008-09
373 Leo Johnson 1950-51
343 Bill Reeves 1955-56
343 Al Fleming 1974-75
341 Bob Elliott 1975-76
329 Al Fleming 1975-76
323 Ryan Anderson 2015-16
314 Joe Skaisgir 1961-62
314 Derrick Williams 2010-11
313 Ben Davis 1995-96
303 Aaron Gordon 2013-14

MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED

Player Years Wins
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012–16 110
Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 109
Jason Gardner 2000-03 107
Matt Othick 1989-92 106
Gabe York 2013-16 105
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
130 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
129 Mustafa Shakur 2004-07
129 Solomon Hill 2010-13
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

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)
**-Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas (Nev.)

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
March 11 **Oregon 95-89 (OT) (L) .453 Chance Comanche C 11 13 .846
March 10 **Colorado 82-77 (W) .595 Ryan Anderson PF 38 27 1.407
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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