Wildcats dominated the Huskies 99-67 in their first meeting and are looking to sweep the regular-season series, which would give them six straight wins against UW.
Scouting report: No. 23 Arizona.
Game info: 1:30 p.m. (PT) Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).
TV: Fox (Tim Brando and Steve Lavin).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Sean Miller, 47, is 181-57 (.761) his seventh season with the Wildcats and 301-104 (.7473 in 12 years a Division I head coach. He’s taken Arizona to the NCAA tournament in four of the previous six seasons. Prior to joining the Wildcats on April 6, 2009, he spent five seasons at Xavier where he had four 20-win seasons and made four NCAA tournament appearances. Miller was 120-47 (.719) with the Muskateers. Born in Beaver Falls, PA, Miller, 45, played at Pittsburgh (1987-91).
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Prediction: Picked to finish 1st in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Arizona leads 49-28 in a series that began Dec. 29, 1964. The Wildcats have won the past five meetings, including the last two at Alaska Airlines Arena. Lorenzo Romar is 13-15 against the Wildcats. Miller is 7-5 against the Huskies.
Last meeting: Arizona dominated inside during a dunkfest at McKale Center and handed the Huskies a humbling 99-67 defeat on Jan. 14. The 32-point beatdown was Washington’s most lopsided loss of the season. It was the most points for a Husky opponent since UW surrendered 102 points to Indiana on Nov. 21, 2013. Arizona shot 60.3 percent thanks while converting nine dunks and 12 layups. The Wildcats led 44-41 at halftime and put the game away in the first 10½ minutes of the second half when they used a 31-9 run to extend their lead to 75-50 with 9:35 left. The Huskies were outscored 55-26 after the break and trailed by as many as 35 points. Noah Dickerson led UW with 17 points and Marquese Chriss had 13. Arizona held Andrew Andrews and Dejounte Murray to 8 and 9 points respectively.
Previous game: Arizona cruised by Washington State with a 79-64 win Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum.
Point spread: No line.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Ryan Anderson, a 6-9 senior forward, transferred from Boston College in the offseason. He had a monster game Wednesday in Pullman while tallying a career-high 31 points and 12 rebounds. He was 10 of 16 from the field and 11 of 17 at the free throw line. In the first meeting against the Huskies, Anderson was dominant. He scored 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 accuracy at the line. He also had nine rebounds. In 2013, Anderson scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting while helping the Eagles to an 89-78 win over Washington at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Anderson, who sat out the 2014-15 season, has been a nice addition for the Wildcats. He’s started all 22 games and averages 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds. Anderson also shoots 59.2 percent from the field and 73.8 percent on free throws.
— Gabe York, a 6-3 senior guard, is one of the most experienced Wildcats. He had been a three-point specialist with a small role on previous teams, but this season York averages a team-high 32.7 minutes. His experience and stature suggest York is the leader, but it remains to be seen if he can carry Arizona like so many Wildcats greats in the past. York is a high-volume shooter who has taken 142 three-pointers. He’s shooting 43.7 percent behind the arc. Overall he’s shooting 42.9 percent from the field and averaging 14.8 points. York is in a three-way tie with Jason Terry and Kyle Fogg on Arizona’s all-time three-point list with 193.
— Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot and 250-pound senior center, is the type of veteran big man that gives the young Huskies problems. In their first meeting, Tarczewski had 16 points and 13 rebounds – both season highs. The former five-star recruit has been a solid four-year starter, but has had an unspectacular career with the Wildcats. He’s projected as a second-round pick in many mock drafts. Tarczewski ranks 8th on Arizona’s wins list with 103 and is seven away from becoming the team’s all-time leader.
— Arizona’s second-leading scorer Allonzo Trier, a freshman standout guard who was born in Seattle and attended out-of-state prep schools, has missed the past seven games due to a broken right hand. He participated in pregame warmups Wednesday and Miller said Trier would be a game-time decision Saturday. Trier is averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 35.1 percent on three-pointers.
— It’s an age vs. youth matchup at Alaska Airlines Arena. Arizona starts four seniors while Washington starts four freshmen.
— Washington and Arizona lead the Pac-12 in free throws attempted this season with the Huskies ranking 12th in the nation (608 attempts) while the Wildcats are 16th (590 attempts) after Thursday’s games.
— Including senior forward Mark Tollefson, Arizona has one of the best front courts in the Pac-12. Anderson (12), Tarczewski (10) and Tollefson (10) each had double-digit rebounds Wednesday at Washington. They were the first Arizona trio to do that in a game since 2003. The trio has also combined for 15 double doubles this season – Anderson has 11.
— Arizona ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage at 49.6 percent thanks in large part to Anderson (59.2), Tarczewski (55.1) and Tollefson (52.2).
— Arizona has been ranked 72 straight weeks in the AP poll, which is the second longest active streak in the nation.
— According to KenPom.com data, the Wildcats are the only team in the nation to rank in the top 15 in the NCAA in defensive rebounding percentage in each of the previous three seasons. They’re second this season at 78.3 percent, which means opponents don’t get many offensive rebounds.
— Arizona’s five losses have come by a total of 18 points. The Wildcats have not lost a game by double digits in its last 16 defeats going back to its 89-78 loss at USC on Feb. 27, 2013.
— The Wildcats haven’t been as dominant as past seasons, but they’ve also dealt with several losses. Freshman forward Ray Smith, who was expected to contend for a starting spot, suffered a season-ending knee injury in October. Tarczewski (broken foot) and Trier missed a month due to injuries and junior guard Elliott Pitts has played just seven games due to what’s being described as a personal issue.
— Arizona has used seven starting lineups this season. The lineup (below) is 1-0 with sophomore guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright making his first start Wednesday.