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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:23 am

Game 30: #3/3 Arizona (27-2, 14-2 P12) vs. Oregon St. (15-13, 7-9 P12)

March 5, 2014 • 9 p.m. MST • Corvallis, Ore. • Gill Coliseum (9,604) 

Tip: 9:07 p.m. MST

Television: Fox Sports 1 (Rob Stone/Marques Johnson)

Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/TBD)

National Radio: Sirius 91; XM 91

Rankings: Arizona - 3 (AP)/3 (Coaches); Oregon State - NR (AP)/NR (Coaches)

Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com 

Game Storylines

 » Winners of a Pac-12-best 31 true road games since Sean Millerarrived 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 finalists for major national awards: Aaron Gordon (Tisdale), Nick Johnson (Robertson) and T.J. McConnell(Cousy); Johnson is also one of 10 national semifinalists 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 fifth-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 fifth nationally in scoring defense (58.2) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (38.3); the Wildcats lead the nation in effective defensive efficiency, allowing just 87.0 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 41.2 percent shooting inside the arc to rank fourth nationally in two-point field 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-figure scorers in 19 of its 29 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 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.

 » Arizona has won the rebounding battle 24 times this season and ranks third nationally with a +9.2 rebound margin; UA is the only team in the nation to rank in the top 20 in both offensive (.383) and defensive (.743) rebound percentage.

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