Feb 9, 2014 5:13 PM by Paul Cicala

Preview of Arizona v Oregon State basketball

#2 Arizona is gunning for its 23rd victory in 24 games this season, as they host (13-9) Oregon State at 5 p.m.

Complete Highlights on News 4 Tucson at 10:30 p.m.

» Winners of five in a row over Oregon State, No. 2/3 Arizona will take a two-game Pac-12 lead into Sunday's tilt with OSU; dating to last season, UA has won 10 of its last 11 Pac-12 games.

» The Wildcats are 71-11 (.866) overall and 35-7 (.833) in conference games at McKale Center under head coach Sean Miller; UA enters Sunday's game in the midst of an 18-game home winning streak.

» Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 27 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll; the Wildcats recently wrapped up a program-record run of eight-straight weeks as the poll's top-ranked team.

» Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best
102-29 (.779) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.

» Having forged its identity on defense throughout the season, Arizona heads into the week ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense (37.8) and fifth in scoring defense (57.2); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 87.0 points per 100 possessions.

» Arizona's interior defense has been stellar, limiting opponents to 40.6 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense.


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