Notebook: Arizona Wildcats at Stanford

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— Arizona coach Sean Miller has never lost to Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, a 10-0 run that includes a 5-0 record at Maples Pavilion. The average margin of victory in those five games is 6.8 points, a comfortable separation when considering the many battles Lute Olson and Mike Montgomery waged at the 46-year-old gym starting when Monty was hired in 1986-87. Olson lost his first three games against Montgomery at Maples before winning six straight from 1990 to 1995. Olson then went 6-5 there against Montgomery and Trent Johnson through his last season of 2006-07. Overall, Olson was 13-10 at Stanford. Dawkins won his first game against Arizona at Palo Alto 76-60 in the 2008-09 season against a Russ Pennell-coached team while Olson was on his second year of leave of absence before retiring.

— After getting swept by the narrowest of margins at UCLA and USC when is the last time Arizona has lost three straight conference games on the road? It actually happened between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Arizona lost its last two games in 2011-12 at Washington and ASU and the first conference road game in 2012-13 against Oregon. In the same season, a three-game conference road losing streak has not happened since Miller’s first season of 2009-10 when the Wildcats lost consecutively at Washington, Washington State and Cal.

— Arizona has been mostly a second-half team this season, mirroring the performance of its top player, Ryan Anderson. As the game goes on, Anderson seems to gain his rhythm. The same goes for Arizona and the numbers bear it out. The Wildcats are shooting 56.8 percent from the field in the second half as opposed to 49.7 in the first half. They have attempted 74 free throws in the second half (making 57) as compared to only 40 attempts in the first half (making 28). The Wildcats also have fewer turnovers (24) in the second half than the first (37) but have only 37 assists to their 46 in the first half. The reason for that is Arizona going to the line a lot more after halftime.

— Stanford is definitely battle tested to this point. The Cardinal has played the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation, according to ESPN’s Daily RPI. Arizona is Stanford’s sixth consecutive opponent that is receiving votes or ranked in the top 25 of either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches national poll. The Cardinal’s first 17 opponents have totaled 198 wins (11.6 average) through Jan. 18. The six teams Stanford has lost to – SMU, Villanova, Saint Mary’s, Texas, Colorado and Oregon – are a combined 87-18 through Jan. 18.

— Stanford sophomore power forward Michael Humphrey of Phoenix Sunnyslope narrowed his choices to the Cardinal and Arizona before circumstances involving the Wildcats’ recruiting efforts made him decide to play for Dawkins. Humphrey was part of the Class of 2014, which included Arizona’s signing of Dusan Ristic. If Ristic did not show up on the radar for Arizona from Serbia it is likely that Humphrey would be playing for Arizona. Humphrey reportedly took UCLA off his list of finalists to concentrate on Arizona’s recruitment of him. Humphrey ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in blocked shots (1.7 a game) and is 13th in rebounding (7 a game). Humphrey, who is also averaging 10.8 points overall, is scoring 13.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds a game in his last eight starts. He has played in place of starting forward Reid Travis, who is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his leg.

— Arizona point guard Kadeem Allen is only 6’3″ but he can block shots with the best of them. He is averaging almost 1.0 block per game. He leads Arizona with 17 blocked shots, topping frontcourt players Ristic (15), Mark Tollefsen (13), Anderson (10) and Tarczewski (seven). Allen’s 17 blocks are the most by any player 6’3” or shorter in the Pac-12. He has seven more blocked shots than last year’s Pac-12 defensive player of the year, 6’3″ guard Gary Payton II of Oregon State. Allen’s athleticism, timing and awareness set him apart from other defenders when an opposing player is driving to the basket. He also leads the Wildcats with 25 steals. Not bad for a player who was known as mostly only a scorer coming out of Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College.

— Stanford senior forward Rosco Allen is another one-time Arizona recruiting target out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School. Allen has evolved into an All-Pac-12 type of player leading the Cardinal with 14.6 points per game. He is also averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. Allen presents a difficult test for Tollefsen on the perimeter and in the lane. Nearly half of Allen’s field goals (32-of-72) have come from three-point range. The senior ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals per game (2.0). He has recorded multiple three-pointers in 11 games with at least three, six times. He has totaled 24 in the last 11 games.

— Add Tollefsen: He is returning to his roots of northern California this weekend, having played at San Francisco the first three seasons of his career. The current starting lineup of Allen, Gabe York, Tollefsen, Anderson and Tarczewski is 5-0 this season. If you’re into superstition, Arizona has yet to lose with Tollefsen in the starting lineup (7-0 overall). Tollefsen is averaging 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds after posting 14 and 5.4 last season with the Dons. Tollefsen, however, is shooting 54.6 percent from the field, an improvement from 53.5 a year ago. He is also shooting better from three-point range (38.6 percent to 37.8) and at the free-throw line (82.1 percent to only 64.6 last season).

NO. 12 ARIZONA (14-3, 2-2) VS.
Stanford (9-7, 1-3)

Tip Time: 9:06 p.m. MST
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson/Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Jeff Dean)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 59-29
At Palo Alto: Arizona leads 22-18
Current Streak: Arizona won 11
Last Meeting: Arizona won 91-69 in Tucson on March 7, 2015
Sean Miller vs. Stanford: 10-0

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)

SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Ryan Anderson PF 17 17 464 488 .951
Kaleb Tarczewski C 10 8 201 250 .804
Allonzo Trier SG 16 11 317 450 .704
Dusan Ristic C 18 9 235 341 .689
Kadeem Allen PG 18 18 272 441 .617
Mark Tollefsen SF 18 7 233 423 .551
Gabe York SG 18 18 307 577 .532
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 18 0 119 382 .312
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Justin Simon SG 15 0 63 125 .504
Chance Comanche C 13 0 40 80 .500
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 5 0 8 15 .533
Paulo Cruz SG 4 0 -3 10 -.300
TOTAL TEAM 18 2272 3725 .610

PRODUCTIVITY REPORT
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 (2014) 38 38 848 1254 .676

Previous result:
ARIZONA 90, WASHINGTON STATE 66
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Ryan Anderson PF 30 24 1.250
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 25 25 1.000
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 25 27 .926
Chance Comanche C 9 10 .900
*Mark Tollefsen SF 17 25 .680
*Kadeem Allen PG 12 21 .571
Dusan Ristic C 10 21 .476
*Gabe York SG 10 27 .370
Justin Simon SG 5 16 .313
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG -3 2 -1.500
Paulo Cruz SG -1 2 -.500
TOTAL TEAM 139 200 .695

ARIZONA’S TOP SCORING CENTERS
Rank: Overall school ranking.

Rank Name Years Points
2. Bob Elliott 1973-77 2131
9. Channing Frye 2001-05 1789
14. Anthony Cook 1985-89 1590
15. Sean Rooks 1988-92 1497
25. Frank Smith 1979-83 1329
32. Jordan Hill 2006-09 1208
42. A.J. Bramlett 1995-99 1098
43. Joseph Blair 1992-96 1086
46. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1046
51. Ed Stokes 1989-93 984


HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present RPI ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played according to KenPom.com. The Wildcats’ rating is No. 16.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.38 Gonzaga 14-4 UA/68-63 12/5/15
No.48 Providence 16-3 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.67 UNLV 12-7 UA/82-70 12/19/15
No.79 Boise State 14-5 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.79 Boise State 14-5 UA/68-59 11/29/15
No.97 Long Beach State 9-11 UA/85-70 12/22/15
No.117 Fresno State 12-7 UA/85-72 12/9/15
No.182 Missouri 8-10 UA/88-52 12/13/15
No.235 Santa Clara 7-13 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.247 Pacific 5-12 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.302 NAU 3-13 UA/92-37 12/16/15
No.340 Bradley 3-17 UA/90-60 11/16/15
No.344 Northwestern State 3-13 UA/61-42 11/22/15

PAC-12 POMEROY RATINGS
Present RPI ranking of Pac-12 teams according to KenPom.com.

Rank Opponent Ovr P12 Pomeroy
No.14 Arizona 15-3 3-2 .9083
No.22 USC 15-3 4-1 .8877
No.25 Oregon 14-4 3-2 .8706
No.42 California 12-6 2-3 .8246
No.58 UCLA 12-7 3-3 .7825
No.61 Colorado 14-5 3-3 .7758
No.66 Arizona St. 11-7 1-4 .7644
No.71 Utah 13-5 2-3 .7516
No.76 Stanford 10-6 3-2 .7393
No.83 Oregon St. 11-6 2-4 .7191
No.88 Washington 13-5 5-1 .7112
No.123 Washington St. 9-8 1-4 .6188


THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER

Rank 3ptFG Player Years
1. 342 Salim Stoudamire 2001-05
2. 318 Jason Gardner 1999-2003
3. 272 Damon Stoudamire 1992-95
4. 193 Jason Terry 1996-99
4. 193 Kyle Fogg 2008-12
6. 191 Matt Othick 1989-92
7. 190 Chase Budinger 2006-09
8. 186 Khalid Reeves 1991-94
9. 176 Miles Simon 1994-98
10. 175 Gabe York 2012-present

ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Jan. 16 Washington St. 90-66 (W) .695 Ryan Anderson PF 30 24 1.250
Jan. 14 Washington 99-67 (W) .870 Ryan Anderson PF 38 25 1.520
Jan. 9 at USC 103-101 (4OT) (L) .453 Dusan Ristic C 15 18 .833
Jan. 7 at UCLA 87-84 (L) .630 Kaleb Tarczewski C 29 24 1.208
Jan. 3 at ASU 94-82 (W) .740 Gabe York SG 34 30 1.133
Dec. 22 Long Beach State 85-70 (W) .665 Allonzo Trier SG 29 31 .935
Dec. 19 UNLV 82-70 (W) .650 Dusan Ristic C 30 25 1.200
Dec. 16 NAU 92-37 (W) .860 Ryan Anderson PF 38 19 2.000
Dec. 13 Missouri 88-52 (W) .700 Ryan Anderson PF 28 24 1.667
Dec. 9 Fresno State 85-72 (W) .595 Allonzo Trier SG 42 33 1.273
Dec. 5 at Gonzaga 68-63 (W) .450 Allonzo Trier SG 27 35 .771
Nov. 29 *Boise State 68-59 (W) .485 Kadeem Allen PG 23 25 .920
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

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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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