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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:27 am

Game 37: (1) Arizona (32-4, 15-3 P12) vs. (4) San Diego St. (31-4, 16-2 MW)
March 27, 2014 • 7:17 p.m. MST • Anaheim, Calif. • Honda Center (18,336) 

Tip: 7:17 p.m. MST
Television: TBS (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Matt Muehlebach)
National Radio: Sirius 94; XM 193 (Westwood One broadcast - Ted Robinson/Bill Frieder)
Rankings: Arizona - 4 (AP)/5 (Coaches); San Diego State - 13 (AP)/11 (Coaches)
Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com 

Game Storylines
 » Making its third Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years, top-seeded Arizona heads to Anaheim to face a San Diego State team it bested in a tight matchup at Viejas Arena back in November; Sean Miller is making his fifth Sweet 16 appearance as a head coach (three at UA, two at Xavier).

 » In its two previous NCAA Tournament trips under Miller, Arizona advanced to the 2011 Elite Eight and the 2013 Sweet 16; UA has 16 Sweet 16s, nine Elite Eights, four Final Fours and one national championship in its NCAA history.

 » UA collected a league-high 10 Pac-12 postseason honors, including Player of the Year (Nick Johnson), Freshman of the Year (Aaron Gordon) and Coach of the Year (Miller); two of the five members of the both the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and All-Freshman Team wear Arizona colors.

 » This season marks Arizona’s 27th 20-win campaign since 1985, tied for fourth nationally in that time; UA’s 32 victories this year mark the second-best single-season total in program history.

 » Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Arizona has spent 32 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 112-32 (.778) 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 fifth nationally in scoring defense (58.2) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.0); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 87.2 points per 100 possessions.

 » The Wildcats are looking to become the first 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 40.1 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense; UA also ranks 21st nationally at just 16.6 fouls per game.

 » UA employs a balanced offensive attack, having had at least four double-figure scorers in 23 of its 36 games; the Wildcats have gotten double-doubles from five different players this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12.

 » Paced by T.J. McConnell’s league-leading 3.13 assist-to-turnover ratio, Arizona ranks 12th nationally with a 1.48 ATR on the season; UA’s average of 10.4 turnovers per game would be the best mark in program history.

 » Arizona has won the rebounding battle 26 times this season and ranks sixth nationally with a +7.6 rebound margin; UA is one of only five teams to rank in the top 30 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.

 

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