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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: How UA produces in USC, UCLA home weekend schedule


The mind can be much more of a factor than the physical attributes for Arizona going into a crucial home weekend like this one for the Wildcats.

Playing unranked USC first tonight, Arizona must guard against thinking ahead to No. 5 UCLA and ESPN’s College GameDay in town on Saturday, right?

Has history suggested playing UCLA first would be better because the Bruins are usually rated higher than the Trojans? That way Arizona could focus its undivided energy on UCLA first and worry about USC later?

No. History says otherwise.

Since the Pac-10 formed in 1978-79, Arizona is 7-6 against UCLA when playing the Bruins first during a home weekend against the Los Angeles schools. When playing the Bruins in the second game at McKale, mostly on Saturdays, Arizona is 17-6.

ARIZONA RECORD IN USC-UCLA HOME WEEKEND SINCE PAC-10 FORMED in 1978
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Opponent 1st game Pct. 2nd game Pct. Opponent 1st game Pct. 2nd game Pct.
UCLA 7-6 .538 17-6 .739 USC 19-4 .826 11-2 .846

The Wildcats have as many losses playing the Bruins on Thursday than in the second game, although Arizona has played the Bruins 23 times in the second game as opposed to only 13 times in the first game. Arizona and UCLA are usually scheduled second for made-for-TV matchups on the weekend.

The scheduling historically is a non-factor when it comes to Arizona looking ahead mostly because of the coaching of Lute Olson and Sean Miller through most of those years.

Olson was 15-4 against UCLA when the Bruins followed USC as the home opponent and 4-5 against them in the Thursday game.

Miller is 2-0 against the Bruins after playing USC at McKale and 3-1 against them in the first matchup.

So if history is any indication, the way the schedule is set for this weekend is more of a help for the Wildcats than a hinderance.

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 28 28 693 858 .808
Allonzo Trier SG 9 3 186 263 .707
Dusan Ristic C 27 27 461 654 .705
Rawle Alkins SF 28 28 454 806 .563
Chance Comanche C 28 1 266 532 .500
Kadeem Allen SG 25 24 375 756 .496
Kobi Simmons SG 28 19 352 800 .440
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 22 9 222 537 .413
Keanu Pinder PF 27 0 124 338 .367
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 6 0 -2 11 -.182
Paulo Cruz G 7 0 -5 20 -.250
TOTAL TEAM 28 3116 5600 .556

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 76, WASHINGTON 68
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Lauri Markkanen PF 47 35 1.343
*Allonzo Trier SG 27 33 .818
*Chance Comanche C 20 32 .625
*Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 14 38 .368
*Rawle Alkins SF 0 26 .000
Kobi Simmons SG -4 27 -.148
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Keanu Pinder PF -2 9 -.222
TOTAL TEAM 102 200 .510

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
2/16 at Wash. St. W 78-59 .565 Lauri Markkanen PF 36 33 1.091
2/18 at Washington W 76-68 .510 Lauri Markkanen PF 47 35 1.343

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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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