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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Alkins aggressive in seven-game win streak

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Synonymous with the Arizona Wildcats’ seven-game winning streak — including the last loss against Gonzaga — freshman forward Rawle Alkins is unquestionably Sean Miller’s most aggressive player.

Before the Gonzaga game (seven-game span), Alkins was averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He made 27 of 52 (51.9 percent) field goal attempts including 8 of 22 (36.4 percent) from 3-point range.

Including the Gonzaga game — an eight-game span to now — Alkins has averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. He made 37 of 90 (41.1 percent) from the field, including 11 of 29 (37.9 percent) from 3-point range.

Alkins’ shooting percentage might be off but he is shooting at a much greater rate, a direction from Arizona’s coaches to be more aggressive. That shows with his number of shots and his dramatic increase in rebounds.

Dusan Ristic and Lauri Markkanen benefit the most because Alkins draws defenders and keeps the defense unsettled with his inside-outside ability.

Alkins has tried 51 field goals inside the arc in the last eight games after trying only 30 in the first seven games. He has made 29 of 39 of free-throw attempts. In the first seven games, he was 14 of 19. That’s 20 more free-throw attempts, a dramatic increase, and a sure sign of Alkins playing with more intensity.

The formula is clear for Arizona, judging by its seven-game win streak: Alkins must take advantage of the green light and go strong.

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 91, STANFORD 52
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS
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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-Honolulu
**-Las Vegas
***-Los Angeles
****-Houston
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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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