Many sports fans are into fantasy leagues these days. Arizona has a few players who would thrive in a Pac-12 fantasy league.
Compiling the numbers after the first couple of games the obvious stars are freshman phenom Deandre Ayton and junior All-American candidate Allonzo Trier.
Using the same scoring system the NBA has adopted for its official scoring system, Ayton and Trier are neck-and-neck with the best average through two games.
The points distribution with the stat and its point value:
Here are the results of Arizona’s 103-78 win over Maryland Baltimore County (* denotes starting player):
Here are the season totals to date:
Here are some other numbers to think about when the Wildcats tip off against the Roadrunners on Thursday at 8 p.m., Tucson time, at McKale Center:
Arizona scored 103 points against UMBC on Sunday after tallying 101 points versus NAU in the season opener last week. That marks the first time since the 2002-03 season that Arizona has opened a season with back-to-back 100-point games. The wins over the Lumberjacks and Retrievers were also Arizona’s first consecutive games of 100 points or more since the 2006-07 season.
If the Wildcats reach the century mark against Bakersfield tonight it will be the first time since the high-scoring Fred Snowden era they will reach that mark in three consecutive games. The 1972-73 team — dubbed “Kiddie Korps” — in Snowden’s first year at Arizona (with the likes of Eric Money, Coniel Norman and Al Fleming) lost to ASU 110-105 and then beat Utah 101-95 in three overtimes and BYU 100-94 late in the season.
The 42 consecutive wins at McKale Center in non-conference play is a school record. Arizona is third nationally, trailing only Duke (134 wins) and Baylor (44). During its current 42-game non-conference home winning streak, Arizona’s average margin of victory is 22.8 points per game. Of those 42 victories, only four have been by fewer than 10 points.
Trier became the eighth Wildcat to score 30 or more points in consecutive games and the first since Jerryd Bayless in the 2007-08 season. Bayless, now with the Philadelphia 76ers with former Wildcat T.J. McConnell, went on to become the only Arizona player to score 30 or more in three straight games.
That’s the turnover total for freshman guard Alex Barcello through the first two games. He has nine assists and no turnovers in 45 minutes through the first two games. Starting point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has 17 assists and only three turnovers in 54 minutes. So combined, Sean Miller’s point guards have 26 assists and only three turnovers. They have more combined steals (five) than turnovers.
Sean Miller’s win total is 17 shy of Travis Ford of St. Louis for the most career victories for coaches under 50.
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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.