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NOTES: No. 4 Arizona Hosts Washington Saturday Afternoon

Feb 23, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona men's basketball team checks in at No. 4 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and they will play host to No. 21 Washington State on Thursday in front of a sold out crowd at the McKale Center. It will be the first Top 25 match-up in conference play for the Wildcats who are 13-0 at home this season and riding a six-game winning streak.  

The game starts at 9:00 p.m. (MST) on FS1 with Dan Hellie and Matt Muehlebach on the call. 

 

FOLLOW ALONG
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STARTING FIVE

1) Senior Oumar Ballo has posted six consecutive double-doubles, something no Arizona player has done over the past 25 seasons. His 26 career double-doubles rank seventh in program history. He's averaging 16.2 points, 12.8 rebounds in the last six games.

2) Arizona has not lost back-to-back games since Tommy Lloyd took over as head coach in 2021-22. The Wildcats are 16-0 following a loss.

3) The Wildcats have not lost back-to-back games in 98 games, the third-longest streak without consecutive losses in the history of the Pac-12.

4) Senior All-American candidate Caleb Love needs 28 points to reach 2,000 points scored in his collegiate career (today is his 128th game). Only 22 currently active players have reached that milestone. He had 27 points vs. WSU Thursday.

5) Head coach Tommy Lloyd's 81 wins are the most wins in the first 3 seasons as head coach at a major conference school.  


SERIES VS. WASHINGTON

• Arizona leads the all-time series against Washington, 60-31.

• The Wildcats have won the last 7 meetings by an average of 14.4 points.

NOTING THE WILDCATS

• Lloyd is the first coach in Arizona history and the seventh in the history of the Pac-12 to win 20 or more games in each of his first three seasons.

• Senior wing Pelle Larsson was the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 12 after averaging 22.5 pts, 5.5 rebs, 5.0 ast and shooting 60.7% from the floor at Utah and Colorado.

• Arizona is averaging 90.0 points per game, second-most in the country (Alabama - 91.0)

• The Wildcats have grabbed 10+ offensive rebounds in 22 of 26 games, including each of the last 11 games.

• Arizona ranks second in the country in total rebounds/game (43.2) and third in the country in rebound margin at +10.9 per game.

• Arizona is one of four teams in the country to have the same starting lineup for every game this season (Purdue, Wisconsin, Princeton).

• Love was also named to the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award Midseason Watch Lists and is one of 10 players still in the running for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award.

• Keshad Johnson is one of 10 players named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award late season watch list. He's averaging 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and shooting a career-best 36.5% from the 3-point line. He is 44 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career at San Diego State and Arizona combined.

• Johnson has scored in double figures 17 out of 26 games this season at Arizona. In his four seasons, and 113 games at San Diego State, he scored in double figures 25 times. He has set single-game career highs in points, assists, steals, blocks, FGM, FGA, 3FGM, 3FGA.

• Sophomore Kylan Boswell is averaging 10.7 points and 3.7 assists over the last 7 games. For comparison, in seven games during the month of January, Boswell averaged 7.6 points, 2.9 assists.

• Sophomore Jaden Bradley has 28 assists and five turnovers to go with 16 steals over the last 12 games. He has ONE turnover in the MONTH OF FEBRUARY (128 minutes). He recently scored 14 points at Colorado and followed it up with a career-high 21 points against Arizona State.

• Freshman guard KJ Lewis posted a season high 14 points against Cal on Feb. 1 while adding four rebounds and three assists. He added 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists against Stanford. He has 52 assists and just 21 turnovers this year.

• Motiejus Krivas is averaging 5.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and is 22 of 26 at the free throw line in Pac-12 play. He had 18 points at Cal and 15 points against Colorado on Jan. 4. Krivas ranks 11th in the Pac-12 averaging 1.84 offensive rebounds per conference game.

• Tommy Lloyd is 45-3 at McKale Center as the head coach of Arizona (13-1 this year).

• Arizona is 3-3 against ranked opponents this season and 14-7 in Lloyd's tenure.

• Arizona has 224 steals this season, marking the third straight season with 200+ steals. The last time Arizona did that in three seasons in a row was 2013-15. To reach the top 10 in Arizona single-season steals, the Wildcats would need to get to 275.

• The Arizona offense has posted a 10-0 run 25 times this season, the second-most in the country. Conversely, the Arizona defense has surrendered just six runs of 10-0 or better, per EvanMiya.com.

• The Wildcats have been ranked 53 straight weeks and 53 out of 55 weeks under head coach Tommy Lloyd. They have been in Top 10 for 42 weeks and in the Top 5 for 23 weeks.

• Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd is in his third season with the Wildcats and has a record of 81-16, the third-most wins of any team in the country over that span.

• Under Lloyd, Arizona has recorded 20+ assists in 50 out of 98 games to lead the nation.

• The 2023-24 season marks the 119th year of men's basketball for the University of Arizona, and the Wildcats have an all-time record of 1,882-983.