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Arizona Wildcats vs. UMBC: By The Numbers

Another Arizona Wildcats hoops season means another points system to see what players are producing the most.

Think of it as fantasy numbers for the Wildcats similar to what the NBA has adopted for its official scoring system this season.

The points distribution with the stat and its point value:

Point: 1
Rebound: 1.2
Assist: 1.5
Steal: 3
Block: 3
Turnover: -1

After the Arizona’s first game, a 101-67 win over NAU on Friday, here is the fantasy-number shakedown:

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The Wildcats host Maryland-Baltimore County today at 4 p.m. at McKale Center (Pac-12 Network). Here are some by-the-numbers data going into that game:

110 — The career win total that tops Arizona players, held by Matt Muehlebach and Kaleb Tarczewski, is in jeopardy with Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Dusan Ristic in hot pursuit. Jackson-Cartwright has played in 100 games through his first three-plus seasons, posting a record of 84-16 (.840) in those appearances. Ristic has appeared in 107 games in his Arizona career with a mark of 89-18 (.831).

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41 — The Wildcats will attempt to build on their 41-game non-conference home winning streak. Arizona has not lost a non-conference game in McKale Center since the end of the 2011-12 season when the Wildcats lost to Bucknell in the first round of the postseason NIT tournament. A win today would give the Wildcats their longest non-conference home winning streak in program history, surpassing the 41 consecutive non-conference home wins from 1972 to 1978. During the current streak, Arizona’s average margin of victory is 22.7 points per game. Of those 41 victories, only four have been by fewer than 10 points.

32 — Allonzo Trier’s point total against NAU were the most by an Arizona player in a season opener in 41 seasons. The last player to score at least that amount was Herman Harris with 34 points in a 91-90 overtime win against ASU in the 1976-77 opener at McKale Center. Eric Money’s 37 points as a true freshman in the 1972-73 opener against Cal State Bakersfield stands as the most.

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8 — Jackson-Cartwright’s eight assists without a turnover against NAU on Friday marks his most in a zero-turnover game in his Wildcat career. He has seven games in his career with at least five assists with no turnovers.

4 — The amount of Arizona freshmen who achieved a double-double in points and rebounds in their NCAA debut. Deandre Ayton joined that club Friday with his 19 points and 12 rebounds against NAU. joining Bob Elliott, Frank Smith and Aaron Gordon.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, 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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