Tarczewski vying to become second Arizona Wildcats center to be free throw leader

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Notes about Arizona’s game at Utah tonight while recalling how the Wildcats vs. Utes was an intriguing non-conference affair when Lute Olson and the late Rick Majerus coached, and when Fred Snowden and Jerry Pimm matched wits before that in the WAC days …

Kaleb Tarczewski can become only the second center to lead the Arizona Wildcats in free throw percentage

Kaleb Tarczewski can become only the second center to lead the Arizona Wildcats in free throw percentage

>> Kaleb Tarczewski is Arizona’s top free throw shooter at 78.3 percent. When was the last time the Arizona Wildcats were led at the stripe by a center? Actually not too long ago. Loren Woods led the Wildcats in free throw shooting in consecutive seasons in 1999-2000 (75.8 percent) and 2000-2001 (83 percent). If Tarczewski finishes as Arizona’s best at the line, he and Woods would be the only centers to lead the Wildcats in free-throw shooting in the history of the program.

>> Jordan Loveridge, an overlooked recruit from West Jordan, Utah, was passed over by all Pac-12 schools except Utah three years ago. Loveridge is a 6’6″ sophomore who averages 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. Has Arizona ever targeted a player from its bordering state to the north? Refresh my memory, but the only one I know of is Quynn Tebbs, a Salt Lake City product who was a reserve for the Wildcats in their 1996-97 championship season. He transferred to Weber State to conclude his career. Tebbs and his brothers own an insurance company in Salt Lake City: Tebbs Brothers Insurance Co.


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NO. 4 ARIZONA (23-2, 10-2) at
UTAH (17-8, 6-7)

Tip: 8:07 p.m. MST
Television: Fox Sports 1 (Aaron Goldsmith/Corey Williams)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 110; XM 191
Rankings: Arizona – No. 4 AP Top 25 poll/No. 4 USA Today Coaches Poll; Utah – Not ranked in either.


What happened to Jordin Mayes, the guy who led his Los Angeles Westchester team in scoring against the likes of John Wall, Lance Stephenson and Doron Lamb?

What happened to Jordin Mayes, the guy who led his Los Angeles Westchester team in scoring against the likes of John Wall, Lance Stephenson and Doron Lamb?

>> If Sean Miller is true to his word and will sub more to keep his starters fresh, how will that affect his rotation? Who on the bench will play more? Arizona’s starters are all very essential. Gabe York is the key player. He must shoot to his potential from the perimeter. He can keep the pressure off Nick Johnson and keep Johnson fresh by playing quality minutes. Matt Korcheck could play the type of role Eugene Edgerson provided Lute Olson: A bruiser who can provide a spark with an important rebound and hustle play. And calling on Jordin Mayes. … He is the same guy who had three of his best games with Los Angeles Westchester High School against former Kentucky players Doron Lamb and John Wall and former Cincinnati standout Lance Stephenson. Westchester won each game against those players with Mayes as the leading scorer. …

PAC-12 STANDINGS
MN-Magic number to win regular-season title
z-Eliminated from regular-season title contention

CONF OVRL
W-L GB PCT W-L PCT STRK MN
#4 Arizona 10-2 .833 23-2 .920 L1 5
#23 UCLA 9-3 1 .750 20-5 .750 W3
ASU 8-4 2 .667 19-6 .760 W3
California 8-4 2 .667 17-8 .680 W2
Colorado 8-5 2.5 .615 19-7 .731 W1
Stanford 7-5 3 .583 16-8 .667 W1
Utah 6-7 4.5 .462 17-8 .680 L1
Washington 6-7 4.5 .462 14-12 .538 L1
Oregon St. 5-7 5 .417 13-11 .542 L3
Oregon 4-8 6 .333 16-8 .667 W1
z-Wazzu 2-11 8.5 .154 9-16 .360 L4
z-USC 1-11 9 .083 10-15 .400 L6

PAC-12 RPI (ESPN.com)

RPI Team D1 W-L SOS 1-50
2 Arizona 23-2 9 8-2
13 UCLA 20-5 15 6-3
26 Colorado 19-7 35 2-6
28 Arizona St. 19-6 51 4-4
39 Oregon 16-8 27 1-6
42 California 17-8 67 3-5
46 Stanford 16-8 32 4-6
81 Oregon St. 13-11 60 3-5
83 Washington 14-12 31 4-7
91 Utah 15-8 172 2-5
143 USC 9-15 23 2-9
176 Washington St. 8-16 36 0-11

ARIZONA’S STRENGTHS VS. QUESTION MARKS
Per NCAA national statistic rankings out of 345 Division I teams

Rank Category Stat Rank Category Stat
#4 Scoring def 57.5 #296 3pt FG made 5.0 avg.
#4 Scoring margin 15.6 #292 FT% shooting 65.7
#4 Reb margin 9.5 avg #237 Steals 5.7 avg
#5 FG% defense 37.9 #154 3 FG% shooting 34.5
#16 Fouls per game 16.2 #175 FTs made 401

Arizona is No. 4 and 23-2 despite deficiencies with total steals, free-throw shooting, number of three-pointers made and three-point shooting percentage (34.5). In Pac-12 games, Arizona is shooting only 30.5 percent from three-point range.

Arizona is solid with its rebounding, defense in particular in the lane and taking care of the ball (an early-season problem).

T.J. McConnell is now second in the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.63). Oregon’s Jonathon Loyd leads the conference at 2.64. With Loyd topping McConnell, no Arizona players lead the Pac-12 in a statistical category.

The only category led by a Utah player is Delon Wright’s 36.12 minutes played per game. Wright, however, is in the top 10 in five categories: Scoring, assists, steals, blocked shots and assist-to-turnover ratio. Wright, from Los Angeles, chose Utah over Gonzaga and Washington. He attended City College of San Francisco before transferring to the Utes. Former UCLA coach Ben Howland missed on a good one from his own backyard three years ago.

ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Nick Johnson SG 25 25 536 805 .666
Brandon Ashley PF 22 22 371 609 .609
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 25 5 379 624 .607
Kaleb Tarczewski C 23 22 391 651 .601
Aaron Gordon SF 25 25 457 785 .582
T.J. McConnell PG 25 25 371 789 .470
Gabe York SG 25 1 191 470 .406
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Jordin Mayes PG 21 0 24 115 .209
Elliott Pitts SG 11 0 13 72 .181
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 12 0 29 51 .569
Jacob Hazzard PG 9 0 11 22 .500
Chris Johnson PF 2 0 1 3 .333
Trey Mason SG 8 0 6 19 .316
Erik Conklin F 7 0 6 17 .353
Drew Mellon F 5 0 2 11 .182
Zach Peters C 6 0 -3 18 -.167
TOTAL TEAM 2699 5010 .539

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.



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