Notebook: UCLA at Arizona Wildcats

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PAC-12 1979-2016
Conference game records of Pac-12 teams since Arizona and Arizona State joined the league in 1978-79. *Colorado and Utah joined in 2011-12.

Team Record Pct.
UCLA 461-217 .680
Arizona 460-217 .679
Stanford 362-315 .535
*Colorado 44-39 .530
California 330-347 .487
Washington 328-350 .484
Oregon 303-375 .447
Arizona St. 302-375 .446
Oregon St. 298-380 .440
*Utah 37-47 .440
USC 296-380 .438
Washington St. 248-430 .366

— UCLA and Arizona will meet for the 95th time tonight with the Bruins leading the overall series 54-40, but since Lute Olson was hired in 1983-84, the Wildcats have a 37-34 lead. Sean Miller is 8-8 against the Bruins since his hire in 2009-10, including a 3-2 mark against UCLA coach Steve Alford. … Incredibly, since Arizona and ASU joined what was then the Pac-10 in 1978-79, the Wildcats and Bruins have nearly identical records in conference games. UCLA is 461-217 and Arizona is 460-217 (thanks to records provided in the Pac-12 media guide for allowing me to compile that stat). …

— After last week’s loss at USC, Alford’s team stands at 13-10 overall and 4-6 in the conference. This marks the 14th time in 21 seasons (66.7 percent) at the Division I level that Alford’s teams have reached double-digit losses. At Power 5 conference schools Iowa and UCLA, his combined record is 215-139, a winning percentage of 60.7. … In 12 seasons as a head coach at Xavier and Arizona, Miller has reached double-digit loss seasons four times (25 percent). He has two such seasons at Arizona in his seven years at the school. His record at Arizona is 182-57, a winning percentage of 76.2. …

— UCLA power forward Jonah Bolden, who last year had to hitch a ride to Tucson to watch the Bruins play the Wildcats, figures to play a key role in tonight’s game for the Bruins. Bolden, an Australian, was forced to sit out last season after the NCAA ruled him ineligible because of matters concerning his transfer from an Australian school the Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., during his senior season. Bolden eventually transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. … Bolden has started in place of senior forward Tony Parker in the last couple of games in an effort by Alford to make the Bruins more athletic and quick, especially on defense. UCLA coaches believed the combination of Parker and center Thomas Welsh was too slow. In his two starts against Washington State and USC, however, Bolden has a total of three points. …

— Alford’s son Bryce Alford, who beat Arizona with a last-second three-pointer last month in Pauley Pavilion, was quoted as saying this week: “We play our best basketball when it counts. We’ve got to start doing that real quick.” At this point a year ago, UCLA was 14-9 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12. They closed the regular season with five wins in eight games, then reached the conference tournament semifinals, enough to land an at-large berth in the NCAA’s field of 68. They were a No. 11 seed, but won a pair of games to reach the Sweet 16. … UCLA has defeated Kentucky, Gonzaga and Arizona this season but is in a deeper hole than last year at 13-10 and 4-6 in the Pac-12. The Bruins have dropped three of their last four games, and their RPI was at 68 as of Thursday. Most bracketologists have them missing the tournament for the first time since 2012. The Bruins are the only conference team to lose to last-place Washington State this season. …

— After the 87-84 loss at UCLA on Jan. 7, Miller commented that his defense was the worst he’s had since his first season with the Wildcats. Bryce Alford became isolated against center Kaleb Tarczewski because Kadeem Allen did not fight hard enough through a screen. Tarczewski stepped back on a ball fake by Alford, who was given too much space to nail the three-pointer. … UCLA shot 52 percent from the floor and Alford had 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting. … “That was a long time ago,” Miller said this week. “We’re a better defensive team right now than we were then. Although I don’t think we’re night-and-day different, we have steadily improved.” …

— The NBA All-Star Game break means plenty of former Arizona players in the NBA should be in Tucson this weekend to attend the UCLA and USC games. The Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tweeted this last night:

— UCLA’s perimeter play is always dangerous. In addition to Bryce Alford, guards who can go off at any time are Isaac Hamilton and Aaron Holiday. Hamilton, a junior, has scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the 2012-13 season, when Shabazz Muhammad scored in double figures in 19 straight games as a freshman. The last UCLA player to record at least 10 points in 20 or more consecutive games is Kevin Love, who scored in double figures in all 39 games during his freshman season (2007-08). … Holiday, a freshman, has averaged 11.3 points, 3.7 assists and 3 rebounds per game, starting all 23 games. Holiday has scored in double figures in the team’s last nine games, including a season-high 19 points in UCLA’s loss at Oregon on Jan. 23. He leads the Bruins in three-point field goal percentage (40.3), having made 27 of 67 attempts. Holiday has made 24 of his last 28 free throw attempts (85.7 percent), shooting 73.7 percent overall from the line (56 for 76). …

— Arizona frontcourt players Tarczewski, Ryan Anderson, Dusan Ristic and on occasion Mark Tollefsen will have their hands full with Parker, Bolden and Welsh on the defensive boards. … Parker and Welsh rank first and second, respectively, among all Pac-12 players in offensive rebounds. Parker, who ranks third in the league in total rebounds per game (9.3), has registered 3.9 offensive boards per game. Welsh, the league’s sixth-leading rebounder (8.8 rpg), has averaged 3.6 offensive rebounds per game. Parker and Welsh have each recorded nine double-doubles, tied for the fourth-highest total among Pac-12 players. … Anderson (12), Tarczewski (3) and Tollefsen (1) have given the Wildcats a total of 16 double-doubles this season. Anderson has 32 double-doubles in his career, 20 of them in three seasons with Boston College. His force inside is evident with his 20 potential three-point plays (field goal plus a free throw after a foul). He has converted 17 of those. …

UCLA (13-10, 4-6) VS.
NO. 17 ARIZONA (19-5, 7-4)

Tip Time: 7:05 p.m. MST
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch/Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

THE SERIES
Overall: UCLA leads 54-40
In Tucson: Arizona leads 23-15
Current streak: UCLA won 1
Last meeting: UCLA won 87-84 in Los Angeles (1-7-16)
Sean Miller vs. UCLA: 8-9

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 23 23 678 683 .993
Dusan Ristic C 24 9 328 424 .774
Kaleb Tarczewski C 16 14 304 419 .726
Allonzo Trier SG 17 11 321 466 .689
Kadeem Allen PG 24 23 339 589 .576
Gabe York SG 24 24 404 788 .513
Mark Tollefsen SF 24 11 310 612 .507
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 24 1 160 517 .309
Elliott Pitts SG 7 2 7 149 .047
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Chance Comanche C 16 0 45 87 .517
Justin Simon SG 20 0 62 175 .354
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Jacob Hazzard PG 5 0 8 15 .533
Paulo Cruz SG 4 0 -3 10 -.300
TOTAL TEAM 24 2942 4925 .597

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 77, WASHINGTON 72
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
*Ryan Anderson PF 41 33 1.242
Dusan Ristic C 15 13 1.154
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 13 32 .406
*Gabe York SG 13 35 .371
*Mark Tollefsen SF 9 27 .333
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 7 24 .292
Allonzo Trier SG 4 16 .250
*Kadeem Allen PG -1 20 -.050
LESS THAN 10 MIN
None
TOTAL TEAM 101 200 .505

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. Kaleb Tarczewski 2012-16 1100
43. A.J. Bramlett 1995-99 1098
44. Joseph Blair 1992-96 1086
51. Ed Stokes 1989-93 984

MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED

Player Years Wins
Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 109
Jason Gardner 2000-03 107
Matt Othick 1989-92 106
Anthony Cook 1986-89 105
Sean Elliott 1986-89 105
Jud Buechler 1987-90 105
Jordin Mayes 2011-14 105
Kaleb Tarczewski 2012–16 104
Sean Rooks 1989-92 104
Khalid Reeves 1991-94 104
Reggie Geary 1993-96 104
Michael Dickerson 1995-98 104

CHASING 1,000 POINTS
Rank is school rank

Rank Player Years Points
50 Matt Muehlebach 1988-91 1006
51 Ed Stokes 1990-93 984
51 Gabe York 2013-16 984
53 Brandon Ashley 2013-15 979
54 Rick Anderson 1998-03 968


HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present RPI ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played according to KenPom.com.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.30 Gonzaga 20-5 UA/68-63 12/5/15
No.54 Providence 18-7 PC/69-65 11/27/15
No.91 Long Beach State 13-12 UA/85-70 12/22/15
No.99 UNLV 14-11 UA/82-70 12/19/15
No.108 Boise State 16-9 UA/88-76 11/19/15
No.108 Boise State 16-9 UA/68-59 11/29/15
No.136 Fresno State 16-8 UA/85-72 12/9/15
No.194 Missouri 8-16 UA/88-52 12/13/15
No.241 Pacific 7-16 UA/79-61 11/13/15
No.247 Santa Clara 9-16 UA/75-73(OT) 11/26/15
No.315 Northwestern State 6-15 UA/61-42 11/22/15
No.338 Bradley 4-22 UA/90-60 11/16/15
No.341 NAU 4-19 UA/92-37 12/16/15

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

Rank Opponent Ovr P12 Pomeroy
No.15 Arizona 19-5 7-4 .9001
No.18 Oregon 20-5 9-3 .8889
No.26 USC 18-5 7-3 .8641
No.33 California 16-8 6-5 .8408
No.45 Utah 18-7 7-5 .8143
No.60 Colorado 18-7 7-5 .7714
No.63 UCLA 13-10 4-6 .7603
No.68 Arizona St. 13-11 3-8 .7560
No.73 Oregon St. 15-8 6-6 .7499
No.77 Washington 15-9 7-5 .7403
No.121 Stanford 11-11 4-7 .6189
No.156 Washington St. 9-15 1-11 .5154


THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER

FG G Player Years
342 129 Salim Stoudamire 2001-05
318 136 Jason Gardner 1999-2003
272 123 Damon Stoudamire 1992-95
197 114 Gabe York 2012-present
193 129 Jason Terry 1996-99
193 139 Kyle Fogg 2008-12
191 129 Matt Othick 1989-92
190 100 Chase Budinger 2006-09
186 128 Khalid Reeves 1991-94
176 114 Miles Simon 1994-98

MOST CAREER STARTS

Starts Player Years
135 Jason Gardner 2000-03
133 Sean Elliott 1986-89
129 Mustafa Shakur 2004-07
129 Solomon Hill 2010-13
123 Anthony Cook 1986-89
121 Kaleb Tarczewski 2013-16
119 Channing Frye 2002-05
119 Kyle Fogg 2009-12
117 Salim Stoudamire 2002-05
109 Craig McMillan 1985-88

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

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Feb. 6 at Washington 77-72 (W) .505 Ryan Anderson PF 41 33 1.242
Feb. 3 at Washington St. 79-64 (W) .575 Ryan Anderson PF 52 32 1.625
Jan. 30 Oregon St. 80-63 (W) .655 Dusan Ristic C 11 12 .917
Jan. 28 Oregon 83-75 (L) .545 Ryan Anderson PF 38 32 1.188
Jan. 23 at California 74-73 (L) .525 Dusan Ristic C 18 18 1.000
Jan. 21 at Stanford 71-57 (W) .606 Ryan Anderson PF 31 31 1.000
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 is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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