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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Defense will be responsible for success down stretch


Some of the information in this report is gathered from the Arizona media relations department:

What would Arizona be without a good defense?

Arizona ranks in the top three of the Pac-12 (in all games) in a trio of key defensive statistical categories, including scoring defense (second – 63.5 points per game), field goal percentage defense (third – 41.1 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (second – 30.9 percent).

The Wildcats are on pace to finish in the top three of the conference in all three categories for a third consecutive season and for a fourth time in five seasons. Both of which are feats no other Pac-12 school can accomplish.

Speaking of defense …

Arizona’s defense was a reason why the Wildcats defeated Washington State last month. The Cougars’ Josh Hawkinson averaged 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game entering the Jan. 26 game and finished with just nine points and five rebounds in 38 minutes.

Entering Thursday’s game, Hawkinson is averaging 15.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Lauri Markkanen is more physical than Hawkinson and Chance Comanche and Keanu Pinder are quicker.

Winning vs. Washington schools

Arizona has won its last 11 games against Washington State with an average margin of victory 17.1 points per game. The 11 consecutive wins give Arizona it’s second-longest active winning streak versus a Pac-12 opponent, trailing its 15-game winning streak against Stanford. Arizona’s career record of 62-16 (.795) versus Washington State is the program’s highest. Arizona also has a seven-game winning streak against Washington.

At home on the road

From last year:

In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, attendance at Arizona’s away games in Pac-12 play increased at least 48.0 percent over season averages prior to playing the Wildcats. The 2016-17 has continued the trend of Arizona being the big ticket wherever it goes.

In the seven true road games to date, Arizona has drawn a combined attendance of 61,087, which is a 38.7 percent from before those teams played the Wildcats. The most drastic was Missouri going from an average crowd of 4,166 to an attendance of 10,151 when the Wildcats played there.

This might be more of an indictment on Oregon State basketball, but the crowd was about the same before Arizona played at Gill Coliseum and when the Wildcats played there. The Beavers were drawing 4,712 before Arizona came to town and only 4,745 for the game.

The average attendance at Washington State is a Pac-12-worst 2,577 fans a game.

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 26 26 610 790 .772
Allonzo Trier SG 7 1 144 196 .735
Dusan Ristic C 26 26 463 642 .721
Rawle Alkins SF 26 26 435 751 .579
Kadeem Allen SG 25 24 375 756 .496
Chance Comanche C 26 0 236 477 .495
Kobi Simmons SG 26 19 356 749 .475
Keanu Pinder PF 25 0 125 319 .392
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 20 7 174 464 .375
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 26 2901 5200 .558

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 62, CALIFORNIA 57
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Kobi Simmons SG 18 23 .783
Chance Comanche C 13 17 .765
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 10 18 .556
*Kadeem Allen SG 17 33 .515
*Dusan Ristic C 13 31 .419
*Rawle Alkins SF 7 23 .304
*Lauri Markkanen PF 5 22 .227
Keanu Pinder PF 2 10 .200
Allonzo Trier SG -1 23 -.043
LESS THAN 10 MIN
None
TOTAL TEAM 84 200 .420

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
2/11 California W/62-57 .420 Kobi Simmons SG 18 23 .783

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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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