Notebook: Arizona Wildcats vs. Boise State Part II



— Today’s game will be the earliest Arizona will play two games against the same non-conference opponent.

— Arizona and Boise State will meet for the second time in ten days with third place of the 2015 DirecTV Wooden Legacy on the line. It will mark the first time since the 2000-01 season that Arizona has faced an opponent twice in the same non-conference portion of the schedule. The Wildcats beat Illinois 79-76 in the Maui Invitational before losing to the Illini 81-73 in Chicago three weeks later. The two teams went on to meet for a third time that season in the Elite Eight of the 2001 NCAA Tournament with the Wildcats advancing past Bill Self’s team with an 87-81 victory.

— In the first meeting with the Broncos at McKale, Arizona’s guard trio of Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Gabe York and Kadeem Allen were especially effective. Using our site’s productivity rating, the trio combined for 70 productivity points in a combined 74 minutes (.946 rating). York scored a career-high 23 points with four 3-pointers. Allen and Jackson-Cartwright were 9-of-13 from the field for 24 points and eight assists with only three turnovers.

Previous meeting:


Player Pos PP MIN PR
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 23 18 1.278
*Gabe York SG 31 34 .912
*Kadeem Allen PG 16 22 .727
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 16 26 .615
Allonzo Trier SG 14 24 .583
*Ryan Anderson PF 16 31 .516
*Mark Tollefsen SF 8 25 .320
Elliot Pitts SG 0 11 .000
Dusan Ristic C 15 9 1.667
TOTAL TEAM 139 200 .695

— In the three games since, starting with the Northwestern State game, the production of the three guards has gone south with the entire team. They have combined for a productivity rating of .399 (93 productivity points in 233 minutes). After the victory over Boise State, Arizona’s team productivity rating was at .667 (400 productivity points in 600 minutes. The Wildcats are now at .545 after slipping to a rating of only .429 (268 productivity points in 625 minutes) over the last three games.

— Reasons? Arizona’s lineup has been unsteady with Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski missing at least one game with foot problems in the last three games. Sean Miller has used eight different starters over the same span. The Wildcats are a cold 8 of 58 (.138) from three-point range over the last three games. They also have 38 turnovers to go with 32 assists over the last two games. Miller said after Friday’s loss to Providence that his team is hurt most by poor shooting from beyond the arc and turnovers.

— Defense on the perimeter and wing is a serious concern. That area was a strength last season with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The Wildcats lack the kind of lockdown defender Miller had at the wing and perimeter spots with Hollis-Jefferson and Nick Johnson over the last few years. Opposing players on the perimeter have gone off on the Wildcats, including Boise State wing player James Webb III (27 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field), Santa Clara guard Jared Brownridge (44 points on 11-of-29 shooting from the field and 15-of-15 from the free-throw line) and Providence guard Kris Dunn (19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Webb, Brownridge and Dunn combined to make 27 of 56 shots from the field and 26 of 31 from the free-throw line. The abundant trips to the line indicates Arizona’s defenders have experienced trouble guarding attacking wings and guards, usually a step behind, reaching in and fouling.

— Arizona’s loss to Providence was also a difficult one to swallow in terms of the Wildcats’ RPI, which stands at No. 222, 11th in the Pac-12. Only Washington State (No. 275) is lower. Had the Wildcats held on to their late 58-51 lead, instead of allowing Dunn to take over, their RPI would likely be in the 50’s because the Friars are at No. 12. The Wildcats could have enhanced it further with a matchup against Michigan State today. Arizona has potential RPI boosting games in the non-conference remaining against No. 91 Gonzaga, No. 82 Fresno State, No. 115 Missouri, No. 173 UNLV and No. 23 Long Beach State before Pac-12 play starts. The Wildcats will actually benefit from a win over Boise State today because the Broncos have a better RPI (No. 159). If the Wildcats are anything less than 5-1 against Boise State, Gonzaga, Fresno State, Missouri, UNLV and Long Beach State, it’s going to be pins-and-needles time come March if the Wildcats do not finish in the top two or three of the conference. The best-case scenario for Arizona is to of course run the table in the remaining non-conference slate and be 12-1 entering the ASU game on Jan. 3. But the games against the six teams ahead of them presently in the RPI — especially at Gonzaga — will not be easy judging from how Arizona has played lately starting with the Northwestern State game.

NO. 11 ARIZONA (5-1)

Tip Time: 2:30 p.m. MST
TV: ESPNU (Steve Quis/Brad Daugherty
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

Overall: Arizona leads 1-0
At Neutral Sites: Never met
Current Streak: Arizona won 1
Sean Miller vs. Boise State: 1-0
Last Meeting: Arizona won 88-76 in Tucson (11-19-2015)

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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)


Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Ryan Anderson PF 5 5 154 151 1.020
Dusan Ristic C 6 1 67 96 .698
Kadeem Allen PG 6 6 78 123 .634
Kaleb Tarczewski C 5 5 76 121 .628
Allonzo Trier SG 6 2 76 128 .594
Gabe York SG 6 6 92 173 .532
Mark Tollefsen SF 6 4 58 147 .395
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 6 0 55 141 .390
Elliott Pitts SG 5 0 3 105 .029
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Justin Simon SG 3 0 3 20 .150
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 1 0 3 3 1.000
Chance Comanche C 4 0 3 17 .176
TOTAL TEAM 6 668 1225 .545


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 (2014) 38 38 848 1254 .676

Present RPI ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played. The Wildcats’ RPI rating is No. 222. Boise State has an RPI of No. 159.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.12 Providence 6-0 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.159 Boise State 2-3 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.252 Bradley 1-6 UA/90-60 11/16/15
No.274 Pacific 0-4 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.294 Santa Clara 0-6 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.295 Northwestern State 0-4 UA/61-42 11/22/15

Rank: Overall school ranking.

Rank Name Years Points
2. Bob Elliott 1974-77 2131
9. Channing Frye 2002-05 1789
14. Anthony Cook 1986-89 1590
15. Sean Rooks 1989-92 1497
25. Frank Smith 1980-83 1329
32. Jordan Hill 2007-09 1208
42. A.J. Bramlett 1996-99 1098
43. Joseph Blair 1993-96 1086
50. Ed Stokes 1990-93 984
50. Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16 984


Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Nov. 27 Providence 69-65 (L) .410 Ryan Anderson PF 44 32 1.375
Nov. 26 Santa Clara 75-73 OT (W) .436 Ryan Anderson PF 27 36 .750
Nov. 22 Northwestern State 61-42 (W) .440 Gabe York SG 21 26 .750
Nov. 19 Boise State 88-76 (W) .695 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 23 18 1.278
Nov. 16 Bradley 90-60 (W) .710 Allonzo Trier SG 43 23 1.870
Nov. 13 Pacific 79-61 (W) .595 Ryan Anderson PF 40 26 1.538 publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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