2017 NCAA tournament

Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Visions of Olson years in high-scoring streak


Over the course of Lute Olson’s 24 years at Arizona, the Wildcats put together at least a four-game stretch of scoring 80 or more points 30 times.

Sean Miller’s team is presently on that type of run for only the second time in his eight-year tenure.

The scores include 92-78 over Colorado, 86-75 over UCLA, 83-80 over Oregon and 100-82 over North Dakota, all postseason games. Miller said in a press conference yesterday the increased scoring especially at a crucial juncture is a sign that his players are enjoy being part of this team.

“You want your guys to enjoy being here,” Miller said. “It’s hard to get here. It’s hard to stay here. There’s a lot of pressure on the win, did you win? Did you lose? If you lose, everybody knows the season is over.

“I think the balance of being serious, businesslike, understanding that you have to be ready to go, but a day like today you can do both. And we really try to encourage and foster an environment where guys can enjoy being here and at the same time recognize the task at hand.”

Olson’s teams achieved a four-game scoring stretch of at least 80 points in the postseason twice in his tenure — 1987-88 in Arizona’s first trip to the Final Four with Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr and 2002-03 when the Wildcats with Jason Gardner and Luke Walton advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Kansas.

The only other time Miller’s teams have enjoyed this type of scoring spree was last season when the Wildcats put together 10 consecutive games of 80 or more points from Dec. 9, 2015, against Fresno State through Jan. 16, 2016, against Washington State.

Twice during the Olson years did Arizona score that many points in 11 straight games — to start the 1990-91 season with Chris Mills, Brian Williams and Sean Rooks, and during the 1997-98 season when Arizona behind Miles Simon, Mike Bibby and Michael Dickerson, defended its national title.

During that season, Arizona scored at least 80 points in 30 of of its 35 games. The Wildcats had a six-game stretch of that kind of scoring, including three games in the NCAA tournament, before Utah’s triangle-and-2 defense stopped them with a 76-51 win in the Elite Eight.

For Arizona to continue its high-scoring ways today, it must solve the man-to-man, switching defenses of Randy Bennett at Saint Mary’s.

Get this: The Gaels have not allowed a team to score at least 80 points against them all season. The most was 79 points to Gonzaga in a 79-56 loss in Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 14. VCU had 77 points against them Thursday in an 85-77 victory.

“They can be really dangerous in transition,” Bennett said of Arizona. “And they’re big on the boards, very similar to VCU that way. They have a few more ways to score.

“I think they have a lot of guys — they’re pretty balanced. They have a lot of guys that can make a basket on that team. They get in transition. Some guys get baskets in transition.”

Saint Mary’s ranks second nationally allowing only 57.1 points a game. Virginia tops the nation at 56.1.

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 35 35 853 1064 .802
Allonzo Trier SG 16 11 401 506 .792
Dusan Ristic C 34 34 546 781 .699
Rawle Alkins SF 34 33 555 950 .584
Kadeem Allen SG 32 31 497 958 .519
Chance Comanche C 35 2 323 653 .495
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 29 10 316 724 .436
Kobi Simmons SG 35 19 351 860 .408
Keanu Pinder PF 33 0 142 413 .344
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
None
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Kory Jones G 4 0 5 7 .714
Tyler Trillo G 8 0 -1 31 -.032
Jake DesJardins G 7 0 -2 12 -.167
Paulo Cruz G 8 0 -7 21 -.333
TOTAL TEAM 35 4019 7000 .574

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 100, NORTH DAKOTA 82
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Rawle Alkins SF 38 29 1.310
*Lauri Markkanen PF 33 26 1.269
*Allonzo Trier SG 30 31 .968
*Dusan Ristic C 17 19 .895
*Kadeem Allen SG 15 24 .625
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 14 24 .583
Kobi Simmons SG 7 14 .500
Chance Comanche C 9 19 .474
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Keanu Pinder PF 4 9 .444
Kory Jones SG 0 1 .000
Jake DesJardins F 0 1 .000
Tyler Tillo PG 0 2 .000
Paulo Cruz SG -2 1 -2.000
TOTAL TEAM 165 200 .825

ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
a-Honolulu
b-Las Vegas
c-Los Angeles
d-Houston
e-Salt Lake City

Date Opponent W/L Score PR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
11/11 a-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 b-Santa Clara W 69-61 .510 Keanu Pinder PF 12 12 1.000
11/25 b-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 c-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 d-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 b-Colorado W 92-78 .705 Dusan Ristic C 26 21 1.238
3/10 b-UCLA W 86-75 .665 Lauri Markkanen PF 37 32 1.156
3/11 b-Oregon W 83-80 .550 Allonzo Trier SG 33 37 .892
3/16 e-North Dakota W 100-82 .825 Rawle Alkins SF 38 29 1.310

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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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