Arizona Wildcats’ back-to-back 80-point games exhibit offensive capability

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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)

ARIZONA 87, CALIFORNIA 59
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Nick Johnson SG 38 31 1.226
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 24 25 .960
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 25 29 .862
*Aaron Gordon PF 20 24 .833
*T.J. McConnell PG 25 33 .758
*Gabe York SG 6 26 .231
Elliott Pitts SG 3 13 .231
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 3 5 .600
Jacob Hazzard PG 0 3 .000
Trey Mason SG 0 1 .000
Chris Johnson SF 0 1 .000
Drew Mellon PF 0 1 .000
Jordin Mayes PG -1 5 -.200
Zach Peters C -2 3 -.667
TOTAL TEAM 146 200 .730


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For only the ninth time in Sean Miller’s five years at Arizona have the Wildcats registered back-to-back victories scoring 80 points or more last night.

The Wildcats followed Saturday’s 88-61 drubbing of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., with an 87-59 dismantling of California at McKale Center. It’s only the second time in Miller’s tenure that back-to-back 80-point games have been accomplished against Pac-12 opponents. Arizona beat UCLA (85-74) and USC (82-73) in successive games in the 2010-11 season.

Arizona, which thrives off a disciplined style under Miller in which defense and rebounding are paramount, have reached 80 points in three consecutive games only twice since he took over the program. The Wildcats will try to reach that mark Sunday when they host Stanford.

Arizona will actually try to take care of its business on defense, rebounding and team-centric stuff such as distributing the ball and staying in motion and keeping the proper spacing on offense.

The third-ranked Wildcats (26-2 overall, 13-2 in the Pac-12) aim to follow their process against the Cardinal. A victory is their goal. If another 80-point output is a result of that, fine, but it’s not something circled on a greaseboard in the locker room.


Arizona has received criticism this season because of its offensive capability especially with Brandon Ashley going down with a season-ending foot injury Feb. 1 at Cal.

What T.J. McConnell, Nick Johnson, Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski and Co. have shown over the last two games is that Arizona can be capable of a scoring surge come March Madness. Their transition scoring against Cal, especially in the first half, brought back memories of Lute Olson’s signature knockout runs in a short period of time.

Arizona built a 15-point lead against Cal by going on a 10-0 run in only a span of 2:32. A couple of those baskets were of the fast-break dunk variety by Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson that make ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 highlight plays.

“Anytime we get a dunk, we get energized and the crowd gets loud,” said McConnell, a bonafide Bob Cousy Award candidate with 33 points, 22 assists, 10 steals and only one turnover in his last three games. “You can tell by how much we pick up our defensive intensity. We just need to keep running the floor.”

TOP FIVE ARIZONA REBOUNDING TEAMS

Margin Team Avg Opp Games
19.3 1950-51 59.5 40.2 30
9.7 1976-77 46.7 37.0 27
9.1 2013-14 39.1 30.0 28
8.3 1975-76 47.2 38.9 33
8.1 1998-99 41.7 33.6 29

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
Arizona 13-2 .867 26-2 .929 W3 1
UCLA 10-4 2.5 .714 21-6 .778 L1
z-Colo 9-6 4 .600 20-8 .714 L1
z-ASU 9-6 4 .600 20-8 .714 W1
z-Stanford 9-6 4 .600 18-9 .667 L1
z-Cal 9-6 4 .600 17-10 .630 L1
z-Wash 7-8 6 .467 15-13 .536 W1
z-Utah 7-8 6 .429 17-9 .654 L2
z-Ore St. 6-8 6.5 .429 14-12 .538 L1
z-Oregon 6-8 6.5 .385 17-8 .680 W2
z-Wazzu 2-13 11 .133 9-18 .333 L6
z-USC 1-13 11.5 .071 10-17 .370 L8

PAC-12 RPI (ESPN.com)

RPI Team D1 W-L SOS 1-50
2 Arizona 26-2 9 10-2
16 UCLA 21-6 17 7-4
26 Colorado 20-8 12 3-7
30 Arizona St. 20-8 44 4-5
40 Oregon 18-8 48 1-6
43 Stanford 18-9 45 5-8
49 California 18-10 42 3-7
77 Washington 15-13 31 4-8
89 Utah 16-9 137 3-6
101 Oregon St. 14-12 89 3-5
156 USC 9-17 23 2-11
185 Washington St. 8-18 40 0-12

ARIZONA OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Nick Johnson SG 28 28 625 908 .688
Kaleb Tarczewski C 26 25 455 746 .610
Brandon Ashley PF 22 22 371 609 .609
Aaron Gordon SF 28 28 510 856 .596
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 28 5 412 695 .593
T.J. McConnell PG 28 28 437 893 .489
Gabe York SG 28 4 228 562 .406
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Jordin Mayes PG 24 0 31 132 .235
Elliott Pitts SG 14 0 22 111 .198
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 11 0 20 27 .741
Matt Korcheck PF 15 0 38 70 .543
Erik Conklin F 7 0 6 17 .353
Trey Mason SG 9 0 6 20 .300
Chris Johnson PF 3 0 1 4 .250
Drew Mellon F 6 0 2 12 .167
Zach Peters C 8 0 -6 24 -.250
TOTAL TEAM 3077 5675 .542

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
D. 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 CAREER POINTS RANKING

Rank Player Years Points
No. 34 Ray Owes 1992-95 1178
No. 35 Craig McMillan 1985-88 1174
No. 36 Nick Johnson 2011-14 1168
No. 37 Herman Harris 1974-77 1158
No. 38 Jud Buechler 1987-90 1144

ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Feb. 27 California 87-59 (W) .730 Nick Johnson SG 38 31 1.226
Feb. 22 @Colorado 88-61 (W) .720 Aaron Gordon PF 35 27 1.296
Feb. 19 @Utah 67-63 OT (W) .391 Gabe York SG 20 36 .556
Feb. 14 @ASU 69-66 2OT (L) .356 Kaleb Tarczewski C 22 45 .489
Feb. 9 Oregon St. 76-54 (W) .575 T.J. McConnell PG 25 30 .833
Feb. 6 Oregon 67-65 (W) .455 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 31 34 .912
Feb. 1 @California 60-58 (L) .430 Kaleb Tarczewski C 34 35 .971
Jan. 29 @Stanford 60-57 (W) .400 Nick Johnson SG 24 33 .727
Jan. 26 Utah 65-56 (W) .435 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 16 24 .667
Jan. 23 Colorado 69-57 (W) .525 Brandon Ashley PF 24 31 .774
Jan. 16 ASU 91-68 (W) .675 Nick Johnson SG 23 27 .852
Jan. 12 @USC 73-53 (W) .520 Brandon Ashley PF 28 31 .903
Jan. 9 @UCLA 79-75 (W) .570 Gabe York SG 16 18 .889
Jan. 4 Washington 71-62 (W) .580 Nick Johnson SG 34 36 .944
Jan. 2 Washington St. 60-25 (W) .510 Kaleb Tarczewski C 20 22 .909
Dec. 23 NAU 77-44 (W) .660 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 30 27 1.111
Dec. 19 Southern 69-43 (W) .535 Aaron Gordon SF 28 29 .966
Dec. 14 @Michigan 72-70 (W) .530 Kaleb Tarczewski C 23 26 .885
Dec. 11 N.M. State 74-48 (W) .555 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 22 23 .957
Dec. 7 UNLV 63-58 (W) .450 T.J. McConnell PG 29 35 .829
Dec. 3 Texas Tech 79-58 (W) .570 Brandon Ashley PF 32 28 1.143
Nov. 29 Duke 72-66 (W) .590 Kaleb Tarczewski C 21 28 .750
Nov. 27 Drexel 66-62 (W) .505 Nick Johnson SG 31 36 .861
Nov. 19 Rhode Island 87-59 (W) .685 Nick Johnson SG 39 26 1.500
Nov. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson 100-50 (W) .890 Nick Johnson SG 30 20 1.500
Nov. 14 @San Diego State 69-60 (W) .490 Nick Johnson SG 29 31 .935
Nov. 11 Long Beach State 91-57 (W) .790 Brandon Ashley PF 28 21 1.333
Nov. 8 Cal Poly 73-62 (W) .565 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 21 .952

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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