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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Analyzing UA’s point guards in NCAA tournaments past and present


As the season has progressed, Arizona has steadily improved taking care of the basketball.

The general thought is keeping the turnovers down is a significant element for advancing to the Final Four for the first time in 16 years.

The Wildcats averaged 12.5 turnovers a game against non-conference opponents. That number was reduced to 10.6 during the Pac-12 season.

In the postseason, including the Pac-12 tournament, the number is 10.2.

Sean Miller’s accepting of no more than 12 turnovers, so Arizona is meeting that goal.

In the NCAA tournament wins over North Dakota and Saint Mary’s, Arizona had seven and nine turnovers, respectively.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright has 17 assists with only five turnovers in the postseason. Kadeem Allen has 10 assists and 10 turnovers in that span.

In past NCAA tournaments, it is interesting to note that point guards limiting their turnovers was not always essential for Arizona to reach the Final Four.

Four of the best point guards to play for Lute OlsonSteve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby and Jason Gardner — led the Wildcats to the Final Four but not all had sterling assist-to-turnover ratios in the NCAA tournament.

Kerr had the best ratio by far with 22 assists and only four turnovers in the 1988 tournament.

Bibby had the worst, actually having more turnovers (24) than assists (20) in Arizona’s title run in 1997. He had eight turnovers in the championship game against Kentucky’s full-court pressure defense under Rick Pitino. That’s ironic because Bibby’s cool temperament and efficiency forced Pitino to abandon the press in the second half of that game.

Stoudamire had 27 assists and 19 turnovers in the 1994 tournament. He had five turnovers and four assists in the Elite Eight victory against Missouri.

Gardner compiled only 15 assists in the six games Arizona played in the 2001 tournament. He had 10 turnovers.

Allen has one assist and three turnovers after the first two tournament games. Jackson-Cartwright had five assists and two turnovers.

Stoudamire had 10 assists and nine turnovers after Arizona’s first two tournament games in 1994. Bibby had three assists and four turnovers in the first two games in 1997.

What these point-guard greats did instead of gaudy assist-to-turnover ratios (other than Kerr) was make clutch shots and free throws, serve as a captain on the court, played within the team concept, and stepped up on defense when necessary.

The most important characteristic: They kept coming at the opponent strong no matter the numbers.

That’s the kind of confidence Miller needs the most from Allen and Jackson-Cartwright heading into tonight’s Sweet 16 matchup with Xavier.

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 36 36 876 1101 .796
Allonzo Trier SG 17 12 423 537 .788
Dusan Ristic C 35 35 561 799 .702
Rawle Alkins SF 35 34 563 977 .576
Kadeem Allen SG 33 32 514 994 .517
Chance Comanche C 36 2 326 671 .486
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 30 10 322 746 .432
Kobi Simmons SG 36 19 350 866 .404
Keanu Pinder PF 34 0 141 418 .337
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 36 4111 7200 .571

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 69, SAINT MARY’S 60
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Dusan Ristic C 15 18 .833
*Allonzo Trier SG 22 31 .710
*Lauri Markkanen PF 23 37 .622
*Kadeem Allen SG 17 36 .472
*Rawle Alkins SF 8 27 .296
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 6 22 .273
Chance Comanche C 3 18 .167
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Kobi Simmons SG -1 6 -.167
Keanu Pinder PF -1 5 -200
TOTAL TEAM 92 200 .460

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-N. Dakota W 100-82 .825 Rawle Alkins SF 38 29 1.310
3/18 e-Saint Mary's W 69-60 .460 Dusan Ristic C 15 18 .833

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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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