Time: 8 p.m., Tucson time
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,538)
Radio: IMG College/Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach) [Sirius/XM: 91/91]
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch/Miles Simon)
PAC-12 RPI RATINGS (CBSSPORTS.COM)
SOS is strength of schedule ranking
Arizona’s official Web site (ArizonaWildcats.com) published that statistician John Pudner ranks Arizona sophomore Nick Johnson as the No. 14 player in the nation because of the “Value Add” system. Check it out if you like, but I will stick to my productivity ratings, which places Johnson as the No. 2 player on his team behind freshman forward Brandon Ashley. Johnson has been the most productive player in the last four games and he leads the UA in overall productivity points.
ARIZONA PRODUCTIVITY RATING
Among active SEC players, Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton ranks first in career points (1,690) and three-pointers (276). Nationally, Boynton ranks fourth among active players in career three-pointers. He is one of just 11 players nationally with more than 1,600 career points and the only one who has played exclusively in one of the six BCS conferences. No other active player who has played solely in one of these traditional power conferences has reached 1,500 points. Boynton, named preseason first-team All-SEC by both the media and coaches, has three 20-point games this season against Central Florida, Middle Tennessee, and Alabama State. He became the second player in team history to hit 100 or more 3-pointers in a season with 110 last season and finished just three behind Lee Humphrey’s school-record 113, which Humphrey accomplished twice.
A key element of tonight’s game will be free-throw shooting. As is customary with non-conference showdowns, the visiting team brings its conference’s refs. That means SEC refs will work the game. Arizona has made 76.3 percent (135-of-177) of its free-throw attempts. Through seven games, Arizona averages 25.3 free throws per game and is outscoring opponents by an average of 9.6 points per game from the line. Not only has Arizona nearly made twice as many free throws as its opponents (135-68), the Wildcats have made 30 more free throws than opponents have attempted. Kevin Parrom is the UA’s top free-throw shooter at 90.9 percent (10 of 11).
Florida junior center Patric Young Has posted three double-doubles this season (Marquette, Savannah State, Alabama State) and has earned seven in his career. He recorded a career-high six blocks in Florida’s win over Savannah State. Young is the SEC’s active career leader in field goal percentage (.596; 239-401) among players with at least 200 attempts. He was selected preseason second-team All-SEC by the media and first-team by the coaches. The 2011-12 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, Young became the third Gator to win the award. Young holds a 3.37 GPA in telecommunications.
Thanks to the Arizona media-relations department for the following information. Arizona has displayed a knack for timely runs so far this season, much like the Wildcats did during Lute Olson’s hey day. Last Saturday at Clemson, the Wildcats used a 22-7 run to close the game and earn a 12-point win. Here is a look at Arizona’s notable runs to date:
–26-3 run over 8:41 (2nd) at Texas Tech, Dec. 1
–21-4 run over 9:07 (2nd) vs. Long Beach State, Nov. 19
–23-6 run over 7:55 (1st) vs. Long Beach State, Nov. 19
–22-7 run over 8:56 (2nd) at Clemson, Dec. 8
–13-0 run over 4:26 (2nd) vs. UTEP, Nov. 15
–14-2 run over 4:10 (2nd) vs. Northern Arizona, Nov. 28
–22-10 run over 9:27 (1st) vs. Charleston Southern, Nov. 11
–14-4 run over 5:48 (2nd) vs. Southern Miss, Dec. 4
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