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Mar 5, 2014 1:15 PM

3rd ranked Cats seek sweep of Oregon State

Winners of a Pac-12-best 31 true road games since Sean Miller arrived in Tucson, third-ranked Arizona will venture
into Gill Coliseum on Wednesday in search of a regular-season sweep of Oregon State-- a win would be UA's 108th over
the last four years, making it the second-best four-year run in program history.

The Wildcats have locked up the top seed at the Pac-12 Tournament after clinching their second regular-season
league championship in Miller's tenure; UA now has 13 Pac-12 regular-season crowns and 26 regular-season league
titles overall.

Three UA starters are fi nalists for major national awards: Aaron Gordon (Tisdale), Nick Johnson (Robertson) and T.J.
McConnell (Cousy); Johnson is also one of 10 national semifi nalists for the Naismith Trophy.

This season marks Arizona's 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for four nationally in that time; UA needs two
more victories to tie the fi fth-best single-season win total in program history (29).

Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 31 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats
are one of 10 teams that has been ranked in every AP poll this season and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot.

Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 107-30 (.781) record since the
start of the 2010-11 campaign; the Wildcats have a Pac-12-best three 25-win seasons since Miller took over in Tucson.

Arizona is ranked fi fth nationally in scoring defense (58.2) and eighth in fi eld goal percentage defense (38.3); the
Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive effi ciency, allowing just 87.0 points per 100 possessions.

The Wildcats are looking to become the fi rst UA team to lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense since the school joined
the league in 1978; its current mark of 58.2 per game would be its best since allowing just 55.3 per contest in 1950-51.

Arizona's interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 41.2 percent shooting inside the arc to rank fourth
nationally in two-point fi eld goal percentage defense; UA ranks 19th nationally at just 16.4 fouls per game.

UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-fi gure scorers in 19 of its 29 games; the
Wildcats have gotten double-doubles from fi ve different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.

Paced by T.J. McConnell's league-leading 2.96 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 18th nationally with a 1.44 ATR
on the season; UA's average of 10.6 turnovers per game would rank as the second-best in program history.

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