Hoops Preview - Arizona

SEATTLE - Still tied for first, Washington will have to fend off Arizona Saturday to hope to keep pace in the Pac-12 race. The game against the Wildcats will take place at noon at Alaska Airlines Arena and will be aired live on ROOT Sports.

Arizona, who lost to UW 69-67 on Jan. 28 in Tucson, is second in the conference with a 10-4 record and 19-8 record overall. The Wildcats best wins are against Clemson and at St. John's and California.

Sean Miller's squad has several talented freshmen, but it's a senior that leads the team. Kyle Fogg, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a very experienced player for Arizona, having played over 24 minutes every year since arriving in Tucson. This season he is averaging 12.9 points a game on 42 percent shooting. The Brea, Calif. native is also snatching 1.2 steals a game. Nationally, he is No. 24 in 3-point field goal percentage (45.6).

Another veteran, Solomon Hill, is next in line for production. The 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 12.5 points a game on 51 percent shooting. A native of Los Angeles, Hill is also pulling in 8.1 rebounds a game. In terms of defensive rebounds, he is No. 64 in the nation, averaging 5.7 a game.

Adding to the upperclassmen force, senior Jesse Perry is also a menace on the boards with 7.6 rebounds a game. The 6-foot-7 forward is also averaging 11.9 points on 49 percent shooting. Although Perry, doesn't mind to pop a 3-pointer now and again, his point percentage from beyond the arc is abysmal at just 8.3, No. 812 nationally.

At the guard spots, freshmen Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner will see plenty of playing time. Although both are going through their ups and downs, they will be two of the most talented players on the court.

As a team, Arizona does a lot of good things on the defensive side of the ball. Nationally, the Wildcats rank No. 3 in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (27.6), No. 22 in defensive true shooting percentage (48), No. 29 in defensive effective field goal percentage (44.7), No. 43 in defensive rebounds per game (25.7), No. 58 in points allowed per game (62.1), No. 64 in defensive points per possession (0.95) and No. 65 in defensive efficiency (94.7). However, they are No. 314 in defensive field goal point percentage (56.8).

On offense, Arizona is No. 26 in assist percentage (61.3), No. 26 in free throw rate (43.4), No. 32 in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3), No. 44 in assists to turnover ratio (1.15) and No. 66 in points per possession (1.07).

Historically, in a series that started in 1965 with a Washington loss, the series has been predominately dominated by the 'Cats, leading the all-time series 27-44. However, UW holds an all-time 17-16 record in Seattle.

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