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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Infrequent double-doubles indicate rebounding concerns


Intensifying what Sean Miller talked about Thursday night about Arizona’s rebounding, or lack thereof, the Wildcats’ double-double production is few and far in between this season.

Miller’s team has only seven double-doubles with only six regular season games remaining after the Wildcats produced 23 last year, 17 of them by Ryan Anderson, who averaged a double-double (15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds a game).

Lauri Markkanen, who tops Arizona with 7.3 rebounds a game, leads the Wildcats with three double-doubles, followed by Dusan Ristic (two), Rawle Alkins (one) and Chance Comanche (one).

Now, can too much stock be put into double-doubles?

Yes, because Miller would not mind seeing his guards get their share of rebounds, reducing what the frontcourt players might grab.

But is it a good thing to see a guard such Allonzo Trier lead the Wildcats in rebounding with seven against a Stanford team the other night that is bolstered by the frontcourt duo of Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey?

Travis had a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Humphrey pulled down 10 rebounds. Their 21 rebounds in 65 minutes were more than Arizona’s four frontcourt players combined (Markkanen, Ristic, Comanche and Keanu Pinder). They finished with an inexplicable 15 rebounds in 80 combined minutes.

With these glaring numbers what Miller is looking at the most is what players give the Wildcats the most energy with their rebounding and all-out hustle.

Markkanen’s rebounding numbers overall justify his performance. Ristic? He needs to step it up significantly. He comes off as passive when it comes to rebounding more often than not. He has three games of double-digit rebounds but an alarming seven games with less than five.

A 7-foot center who is starting in the Pac-12 should not have that many disappearing acts.

Ivan Rabb, who is 6’11”, enters tonight’s game averaging 10.9 rebounds. He has 13 double-doubles including a 16-point and 16-rebound performance against Arizona in a 67-62 loss on Dec. 30.

He has 15 games of double-digit rebounds and only one game with less than five boards. The only time he had less than five was four against Cal-Davis on Dec. 10 and that was because the Golden Bears were well ahead (winning 86-61) and he played a season-low 24 minutes.

Can Ristic answer the bell tonight?

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
Allonzo Trier SG 6 1 145 173 .838
Lauri Markkanen PF 25 25 605 768 .788
Dusan Ristic C 25 25 450 611 .736
Rawle Alkins SF 25 25 428 728 .588
Kadeem Allen SG 24 23 358 723 .495
Chance Comanche C 25 0 223 460 .485
Kobi Simmons SG 25 19 338 726 .466
Keanu Pinder PF 24 0 123 309 .398
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 19 7 164 446 .368
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 25 2817 5000 .563

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 74, STANFORD 67
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
Allonzo Trier SG 38 33 1.152
Chance Comanche C 24 22 1.091
*Rawle Alkins SF 15 19 .789
*Kobi Simmons SG 11 19 .579
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 10 18 .556
*Kadeem Allen SG 9 31 .290
*Dusan Ristic C 4 26 .154
*Lauri Markkanen PF 4 28 .143
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Keanu Pinder PF 0 4 .000
TOTAL TEAM 115 200 .575

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

Date Opponent W/L Score PR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
11/11 *Michigan St W 65-63 .395 Kobi Simmons SG 22 26 .846
11/15 CS 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 N. 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 So. 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
1/7 Colorado W 82-73 .580 Lauri Markkanen PF 28 22 1.273
1/12 ASU W 91-75 .765 Lauri Markkanen PF 42 30 1.400
1/19 at USC W 73-66 .490 Lauri Markkanen PF 34 35 .971
1/21 at UCLA W 96-85 .735 Kobi Simmons SG 34 33 1.030
1/26 Wash.St. W 79-62 .640 Allonzo Trier SG 26 25 1.040
1/29 Washington W 77-66 .575 Dusan Ristic C 19 24 .792
2/2 at Ore. St. W 71-54 .545 Allonzo Trier SG 25 28 .893
2/4 at Oregon L 85-58 .365 Rawle Alkins SF 27 28 .904
2/9 Stanford W 74-67 .575 Allonzo Trier SG 38 33 1.152

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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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  1. allen

    February 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Wildcats don’t have the luxury of facing a sub-par coach like Steve Alford tonight. Cal has the Cats kryptonite ready with their zone. And Cal definitely comes in believing that they can win. This has all the ingredients of an upset.

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