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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Displaying historic defensive performance

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According to research from the Arizona Wildcats media relations department, Sean Miller’s team is the program’s first since the 1950-51 team to open the season this long without allowing an opponent 70 or more points.

The Wildcats are at 16 games without allowing an opponent to reach the 70-point plateau with Colorado visiting McKale Center tonight at 7:36 p.m., Tucson time (Pac-12 Network).

Fred A. Enke Sr.’s team 66 years ago held their first 28 opponents to 69 or fewer points. The Wildcats went on to allow only one opponent in 30 games that season to reach 70 points.

That came in the 29th game of the season in the opening round of the prestigious (at the time) National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dayton defeated Arizona 74-69 in that game on March, 13, 1951.

Dayton center Don “Monk” Meineke scored half of the Flyers’ points (37) as Arizona didn’t have an answer defensively against him.

Arizona’s 24-6 season — in which it finished ranked No. 12 in the AP poll — came to an end in the opening round of the NCAA tournament the following week in a 61-59 loss to Kansas State at Kansas City, Mo.

This year’s team is the third in program history to hold opponents to under the 70-point mark at least 10 games into the season, joining two other Miller teams: 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The 2013-14 team with Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon did not allow 70 points until the 11th game in a 72-70 win at Michigan on Dec. 14, 2013.

The 2014-15 team with T.J. McConnell, Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went through the first 12 games without allowing 70 points until UNLV beat the Wildcats 71-67 on Dec. 23, 2014, in Las Vegas.

In case you are wondering, in the Lute Olson era, the longest opening streak of not allowing at least 70 points is five games in 1999-2000. Olson’s teams generally played at a different pace, however, than Miller’s teams which it makes it more conducive for Miller’s teams to have a longer such streak.

Arizona is 10th nationally allowing 60.1 points a game. The Wildcats have allowed opponents to score an average of only 57.8 points in McKale Center this season.

The Wildcats rank 19th allowing opponents to shoot 41 percent from the field. They rank No. 13 allowing opponents to shoot only 27.1 percent from 3-point range.

Selfless reserve forward Keanu Pinder has almost as many blocked shots — team-high 16 — as field goals made (19).

Senior captain Kadeem Allen leads the Wildcats with most blocked shots (10) and steals (21) combined with 31.

Dusan Ristic, known mostly for his offensive prowess shooting 73.3 percent in the three Pac-12 games to date, is fourth on the team in the blocked shots-steals combination with 17 (10 blocked shots and seven steals).

Ahead of him are Allen, Pinder with 28 (12 steals to go with his blocks) and Rawle Alkins at 23 (18 steals and five blocked shots).

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
Lauri Markkanen PF 15 15 378 471 .803
Dusan Ristic C 15 15 259 360 .719
Rawle Alkins SF 15 15 283 460 .615
Kobi Simmons SG 15 10 223 456 .489
Chance Comanche C 15 0 130 274 .474
Keanu Pinder PF 15 0 113 247 .457
Kadeem Allen SG 14 13 185 420 .440
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 9 8 103 246 .419
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
None
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Kory Jones G 3 0 5 6 .833
Tyler Trillo G 7 0 -1 29 -.034
Jake DesJardins G 5 0 -2 11 -.182
Paulo Cruz G 7 0 -5 20 -.250
TOTAL TEAM 15 1657 3000 .552

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
Damon 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
Total 269 269 7917 8962 .883

PREVIOUS GAME
ARIZONA 91, STANFORD 52
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Rawle Alkins SF 36 29 1.241
*Dusan Ristic C 22 19 1.158
Chance Comanche C 26 25 1.040
*Lauri Markkanen PF 22 22 1.000
*Kobi Simmons SG 21 28 .750
*Kadeem Allen SG 12 26 .462
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 2 22 .091
Keanu Pinder PF 0 18 .000
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Kory Jones G 5 2 2.500
Tyler Trillo G 0 3 .000
Paulo Cruz G 0 3 .000
Jake DesJardins F -1 3 -.333
TOTAL TEAM 145 200 .725

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

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
11/11 *Michigan State W/65-63 .395 Kobi Simmons SG 22 26 .846
11/15 Cal State Bakersfield W/78-66 .560 Lauri Markkanen PF 48 36 1.333
11/18 Sacred Heart W/95-65 .805 Dusan Ristic C 31 22 1.409
11/21 Northern Colorado W/71-55 .565 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 35 34 1.029
11/24 **Santa Clara W/69-61 .510 Keanu Pinder PF 12 12 1.000
11/25 **Butler L/69-65 .390 Lauri Markkanen PF 17 21 .810
11/30 Texas Southern W/85-63 .705 Lauri Markkanen PF 35 29 1.207
12/3 ***Gonzaga L/69-62 .420 Dusan Ristic C 17 23 .739
12/6 Cal-Irvine W/79-57 .635 Dusan Ristic C 32 30 1.067
12/10 at Missouri W/79-60 .556 Rawle Alkins SF 27 37 .730
12/14 Grand Canyon W/64-54 .450 Dusan Ristic C 19 31 .613
12/17 ****Texas A&M W/67-63 .545 Dusan Ristic C 27 26 1.038
12/20 New Mexico W/77-46 .680 Chance Comanche PF 25 23 1.087
12/30 California W/67-62 .410 Dusan Ristic C 27 28 .964
1/1 Stanford W/91-52 .725 Rawle Alkins SF 36 29 1.241
1/5 Utah W/66-56 .530 Dusan Ristic C 29 26 1.115

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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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