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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 3:17 pm

Game 8: #2/2 Arizona (7-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Texas Tech (6-2, 0-0 Big 12)

Dec. 3, 2013 • 7 p.m. MST • Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center (14,545)

Tip: 7:06 p.m. MST

Television: Pac-12 Networks (J.B. Long/Matt Muehlebach)

Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 93; XM 190

Rankings: Arizona - 2/2; Texas Tech - NR/NR

Live Stats: Live stats are available via arizonawildcats.com

Game Storylines

 » Former Border Conference rivals Arizona and Texas Tech will square off on Tuesday as UA looks to run its record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 at McKale Center this season; the Wildcats are ranked second in both polls this week, their highest ranking under head coach Sean Miller.

 » Now in his fifth season in Tucson, Miller continues to honor a process that has seen him lead UA to a Pac-12-best 87-28 (.757) record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.

 » UA is 31-4 (.886) under Miller in non-conference home games, having won their last 11; the Wildcats are 12-8 (.600) in non-conference games against major-conference opponents since Miller arrived on campus.

 » Fresh off of its record-tying fourth NIT Season Tip-Off title, Arizona opens a three-game homestand ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense (.353) and 13th in scoring defense (59.4).

 » Long and athletic on the perimeter, UA has hassled opposing shooters into a 29.4 percent mark from three-point range this season, including a total of 17-of-66 (.257) in its last four games.

 » Arizona’s post defense has been stellar in the early going, limiting opponents to 37.9 percent shooting inside the arc and averaging a Pac-12-best 6.7 blocks per game; last season’s UA team averaged only 3.8 blocks per contest.

 » Point guard T.J. McConnell has orchestrated an offensive attack that is operating at 51.4 percent from the floor, while averaging 26.3 free throw attempts per game; McConnell ranks 12th nationally in assists (6.4/game) and owns a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.

 » Sean Miller’s biggest Arizona team has been lethal in the paint over the season’s first seven games, nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the same area; UA is +16.4 points per game in the paint on average and shooting 57.1 percent from inside the arc this season.

 » Arizona has won the rebounding battle in each of its seven games this season and ranks fourth nationally with a +13.6 rebound margin; frontcourt starters Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski are all averaging over six rebounds per contest.

 » The Wildcats have been lethal from the arc in four games at McKale Center this season, shooting .460 (29-of-63) in those contests.

 » Gabe York and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are averaging a combined 18.3 points per game off the bench this season to bolster a UA reserve unit that is outscoring opponents’ benches by an average of 9.4 points per contest.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

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Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

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