The Week in Arizona Basketball
Arizona Basketball This Week (5-2, 0-0 Pac-10)
Dec. 2 W 84-57 vs. Loyola Marymount
Dec. 5 L 66-67 at Texas A&M
Dec. 10 vs. San Diego State (7 p.m. MST, FS Arizona)
Dec. 14 vs. No. 6 Gonzaga (4 p.m. MST, Fox Sports Net)
Player of the Week Nominee
Jordan Hill, F, 6-10, 235, Jr., Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School)
Hill and the Wildcats split a pair of games as the junior from Atlanta averaged
17.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Hill connnected on 64.0
percent (16-of-25) of his field goal attempts to go with three assists and one
double-double. His week began with a 15-point, 17-rebound, three-block
performance against Loyola Marymount, marking his Pac-10 leading fifth
double-double of the season. He followed that up with 20 points, eight boards,
and two blocks at Texas A&M. It was the second time this season that Hill has
made 10 or more field goals in a game, and his third 20-point scoring effort
this season (sixth career). On the year, he averages 17.4 points, 12.3
rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, while shooting 61.0 percent from the field.
** Arizona slipped to 5-2 on the season following a 67-66 loss at Texas A&M in
what was the Cats? first true road game of the season. The 66 points,
including 26 in the second half, were a season low for UA, a team that is
averaging 75.0 points per game. Interestingly, Arizona has won five games this
season by an average of 16.5 points, while its two losses were by one point
** It?s not often that a team shoots 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field
and posts a +15 rebound advantage on the road and still comes up short, but
that?s what happened Friday at Texas A&M. Turnovers turned out to be the
great equalizer, as the Cats tallied 11 more miscues than the Aggies (15-4).
Nic Wise played just 10 second-half minutes before fouling out with 7:33 to go.
Chase Budinger handled the point guard duties for the majority of the second
half and finished with a career-high seven assists.
** The Wildcats continue to shoot the ball very well this season, posting a
.537 field goal percentage (198-of-369) through seven games. Arizona has shot
50 percent or better five times in 2008-09, including four games of better than
55 percent as a team. XX STREAK of games won when shooting 50 XX. Chase
Budinger and Jordan Hill lead the way for the Cats, as each has connected on
50-of-82 (.610) FG attempts this season.
** Having hit on 62.5 percent (20-of-32) of his three-point attempts this
season, junior Chase Budinger is one three-pointer shy of moving into 10th
place on the UA career three-point field goals made list. He enters
Wednesday?s game with San Diego State with 143 treys in 360 career attempts
(.397) behind the arc. Budinger?s percentage ranks eighth in Arizona
** With a pair of blocked shots Friday, Jordan Hill became just the eighth
player in Arizona history to register 100 career blocked shots. The 6-foot-10
junior from Atlanta, Ga., averaging 2.7 blocks per game in 2008-09, an
improvement over his career average of 1.4 blocks per game (101 in 70 games
** Jordan Hill equaled a career best with 10 field goals Friday (in 15
attempts) en route to a game-high 20 points. For Hill, it was his third
20-point game of the season, a figure that equals his total from last season
and doubles his career output. Through seven games, Hill averages 17.4 points
per game, which ranks second on the team.
** Forward Jamelle Horne has become a regular as a sophomore, having started
all seven games. The 6-foot-6 San Diego, Calif., product is averaging 8.0
points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Horne is shooting 54.5 percent
from the field (24-of-44) and is averaging nearly 30 minutes per game.
** A sizeable portion of Arizona?s .537 cumulative field goal percentage
comes from its long range efforts, especially of late. On the season, the
Wildcats are shooting .458 (44-of-96) from behind the arc. Over the last five
games, UA has connected on 35-of-58 attempts (.603) from three-point range.
The Cats have shot better than 50 percent from behind the arc in four of those
five games, including a season-best 61.5 percent (8-of-13) in Friday?s game.
** Sophomore guard Zane Johnson enjoyed an impressive week where he averaged
11.0 points and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 66.7 percent (8-of-12)
from the field. Six of those eight FGs came from behind the arc, where he hit
6-of-10 attempts. On the season, the 6-foot-5 Johnson has made 7-of-14
attempts from behind the arc, and now ranks third on the club in treys made
** Redshirt freshman center Alex Jacobson also had a productive week, averaging
4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.0 minutes played in two appearances. The
6-foot-11 native of Santa Ana, Calif., put forth a nice effort at Texas A&M,
while Jordan Hill battled first-half four trouble. Jacobson posted four points
(2-of-3 FG), two boards and an assist in 10 minutes during the opening period.
The effort boosted his seasons averages to 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds to go
with a .500 field goal percentage.
- Richard Paige - Arizona Media Relations