No. 1 Men's Basketball Returns Home to Face Southern
Game 12: #1/1 Arizona (11-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Southern (3-7, 0-0 SWAC)Dec. 19, 2013 • 7 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)
Tip: 7:05 p.m. MSTTelevision: Pac-12 Networks (Roxy Bernstein/Matt Muehlebach)Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)Satellite Radio: Sirius 85; XM 85Rankings: Arizona - 1/1; Southern - NR/NRLive Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com
Game Storylines» Fresh off of a stunning comeback at Michigan, top-ranked Arizona will look to run its record to 12-0 on Thursday when it hosts Southern at McKale Center.
» UA has won 25-consecutive regular-season non-conference games; the Wildcats are 34-4 (.895) in non-conference home games and 63-11 (.851) at McKale Center overall under head coach Sean Miller.
» UA has now been the AP No. 1 for a total of 31 weeks, the 10th-most in NCAA history and second-most in Pac-12 history; Arizona is the first Pac-12 team to ascend to the top spot in the AP poll since January 6, 2006.
» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 91-28 (.765) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
» Heading into the week, Arizona is ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense and 13th in field goal percentage defense; opponents are shooting just .375 and scoring 59.1 points per game against UA.
» Arizona is allowing opponents to shoot just .371 overall and .265 from the arc in the second half this season, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.1 points per game after the break.
» Arizona has won the rebounding battle in each of its 11 games this season and ranks second nationally with both a +14.2 rebound margin and a .433 offensive rebound percentage; UA is averaging 13.7 offensive boards and 14.2 second-chance points per game.
» Long and athletic on the perimeter, UA has hassled opposing shooters into a 29.1 percent mark from three-point range this season, including a total of 32-of-119 (.269) in its last eight games.
» Arizona’s post defense has been stellar in the early going, limiting opponents to 40.9 percent shooting inside the arc and averaging 5.4 blocks per game; last season’s UA team averaged only 3.8 blocks per contest.
» The Wildcats’ offensive attack is operating at 49.6 percent from the floor, while averaging 23.5 free throw attempts per game; T.J. McConnell ranks 10th nationally in assists (6.5/game) and ranks third in the Pac-12 with a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.
» Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +14.5 points per game in the paint on average and shooting 53.7 percent from inside the arc this season.