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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Simmons shines

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Kobi Simmons, a true freshman playing his first college game against Michigan State last week, came away as the Arizona Wildcats’ most productive player for his 26 minutes in the game.

His productive rating as determined by this Web site led the Arizona Wildcats at .846, followed by reserve post player Chance Comanche (.556) and freshman forward Lauri Markkanen (.529).

Promising for Arizona coach Sean Miller: The four top productivity players in the 65-63 win over Michigan State featured players who did not start last season. JC transfer Keanu Pinder was the fourth-highest productivity player at .412. Simmons, Markkanen and Pinder were not part of the program last season.

Also a positive: Three of these four players came off the bench (Markkanen is the lone starter), which lends to better depth and a healthy level of surprise for opponents. As the season goes on, Miller can count on many different players to lead his team to a win.

It can also be argued that Arizona’s starters must be more productive. Rawle Alkins (.077) and Dusan Ristic (-.056) had unfavorable productivity ratings against Michigan State. They have to get more in the flow.

The Wildcats host Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday night at 8, Tucson time. Some quick observations:

— Pinder and Bakersfield center Moataz Aly were teammates at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College last season. In the championship game of the NJCAA tournament in March, Pinder had six points and five rebounds in Hutchinson’s 74-64 loss to Salt Lake Community College. Aly did not score but he had four rebounds.

— Arizona guard Kadeem Allen is also a Hutchinson alum.

— Six of the Roadrunners are from junior college. They return three starters from the WAC championship team and six letterwinners including WAC Tournament MVP Dedrick Basile and all-tournament teammates Jaylin Airington and Damiyne Durham. Fallou Ndoye was a transfer-redshirt last season from Mississippi State and will not be eligible until December.

— The Wildcats have won their home opener in each of the last 14 seasons with the last loss being a
105-97 decision to then-ranked No. 8 Kansas on Dec. 1, 2001.

— The meeting will be just the second between the two programs since their initial meeting, a 94-87 Arizona victory, on Nov. 29, 1972, in Bear Down Gym. The game was played three months prior to the opening of the McKale Center. Eric Money led the Wildcats in scoring that game with 37 points, which marked the third most points in a game by a freshman.

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 game:
ARIZONA 65, MICHIGAN STATE 63
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS
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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
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