2017 Pac-12 Tournament

Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: UA’s highest productivity games show distinct pattern


Arizona’s productivity against Colorado on Thursday in a semifinal game of the Pac-12 tournament was one of only six times the Wildcats have cracked the .700 mark in a game this season.

Four such games, including the one against the Buffaloes, occurred in Pac-12 games.

The other three games were at Stanford (.725), ASU (.765) at home, and at UCLA (.735).

Can Arizona pull off another productive game against the Bruins after having a rating of .525 in the loss to the Bruins at McKale Center two weeks ago?

It’s going to take the widespread production Arizona experienced against Colorado. Six of the nine players who played against the Buffaloes had a productivity rating of .600 or better, led by Dusan Ristic (1.238), Lauri Markkanen (1.034), Kadeem Allen (.792), Allonzo Trier (.765), Rawle Alkins (.741) and Parker Jackson-Cartwright (.600).

UCLA no doubt will throw another 3-2 zone at Arizona, like it did in its 77-72 win in Tucson. The Bruins will dare Arizona to beat them from outside.

The Wildcats will have to shoot the way they did from 3-point range like they did against Colorado to make it happen. Arizona made 10 of 19 shots from beyond the arc against Colorado and that seemed to loosen the Buffaloes’ defense.

If Arizona is able to shoot over the zone and make a good percentage of shots, its productivity should take off.

This is the 3-point shooting percentage in Arizona’s four Pac-12 games above .700 this year:

Against Stanford: 71.4 percent, 10 of 14

Against ASU: 42.9 percent, 9 of 21

Against UCLA: 45 percent, 9 of 20

Against Colorado: 52.6 percent, 10 of 19

That’s zone-busting production. At least nine 3-pointers in each of those games with a percentage better than 40 percent.

“We know what to do (against the zone),” Allen said. “But as a team, we get away from it sometimes. We’ll hit threes and feel that’s what it is. We just have to get the ball to the low post, penetrate, get the ball to the paint, and good things will happen for our team.”

The confident inside-outside action and reaction will be the difference against UCLA, which is bent on showing it can play defense to support its potent offense.

“Defense is what we’ve focused on the last couple of months,” UCLA guard Bryce Alford said. “It’s been on the rise. I’ve always said we’re not a team that’s going to shut you down all game. That’s just not our personnel. It’s not the style of basketball we play but as long as we can get that stops that we need when we need them … I think that’s what we’ve been doing a lot better job of.”

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 32 32 770 975 .790
Allonzo Trier SG 13 8 310 403 .769
Dusan Ristic C 31 31 506 731 .692
Rawle Alkins SF 32 31 524 895 .585
Kadeem Allen SG 29 28 441 870 .507
Chance Comanche C 32 2 292 599 .487
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 26 10 286 646 .443
Kobi Simmons SG 32 19 348 839 .415
Keanu Pinder PF 30 0 137 385 .356
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 32 3611 6400 .564

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 92, COLORADO 78
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Dusan Ristic C 26 21 1.238
*Lauri Markkanen PF 30 29 1.034
*Kadeem Allen SG 19 24 .792
*Allonzo Trier SG 26 34 .765
*Rawle Alkins SF 20 27 .741
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 18 30 .600
Chance Comanche C 2 14 .143
Keanu Pinder PF 2 15 .133
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Kobi Simmons SG -2 6 -.333
TOTAL TEAM 141 200 .705

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
2/23 USC W 90-77 .635 Rawle Alkins SF 23 17 1.353
2/25 UCLA L 77-72 .525 Allonzo Trier SG 46 38 1.211
3/4 at ASU W 73-60 .540 Rawle Alkins SF 22 26 .846
3/9 **Colorado W 92-78 .705 Dusan Ristic C 26 21 1.238

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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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