Northern Arizona vs Arizona

Time: 10:00 P.M. EST
  •  

Arizona hopes a long layoff hasn't stunted its early season momentum, but returning from the break to face Northern Arizona should keep that from happening.

The No. 9 Wildcats look to pick up where they left off by beating the Lumberjacks for a 29th consecutive time Wednesday night.

Arizona (3-0) has seen its margin of victory grow with each win, the most recent coming by a 94-72 score over Long Beach State on Nov. 19.

"I think every team in November is on a quest to get better and continually improve," coach Sean Miller said. "We have a great opportunity now to learn through our game experience and now build."

There hasn't been much game experience lately as the Wildcats have been off for eight days. They appear to have an ideal chance to get back into a routine against Northern Arizona (2-3).

Arizona's 53-39 victory Dec. 3 pushed its winning streak in the series to 28 and its home streak against the Lumberjacks to 26, dating to a loss Dec. 15, 1966.

This will be the 12th straight meeting in Tucson, and it doesn't seem like those streaks are in much jeopardy with Arizona shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 42.0 from 3-point range.

Brandon Ashley may get a second consecutive start after going 6 for 6 from the field and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line against the 49ers, finishing with season highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds. One of Arizona's four heralded freshmen big men, he was rewarded with the start for his hard work in practice.

Ashley totaled 21 points and 13 boards in the first two games.

If he's again among the starting five, he'll likely be joined up front by senior Solomon Hill, who's averaging 13.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. Hill had 15 and seven in last season's meeting with Northern Arizona.

The Wildcats haven't been very effective in defending the perimeter this season, allowing opponents to make 39.2 percent of their 3s after Long Beach State hit 14 of 32.

"We're giving up way too many (3-pointers)," Miller said. "We need to fix that."

The Lumberjacks will likely look to capitalize by getting the ball to guards Gabe Rogers and Dewayne Russell, who have combined to make 25 of the team's 34 3-pointers.

Rogers paces Northern Arizona with 16.6 points per game and has averaged 20.7 over the past three. Russell's 15.8 average ranks second.

Each had 13 points to lead Northern Arizona to a 70-62 victory over Campbell in a consolation game of the Global Sports Classic on Saturday.

Rogers has totaled 16 points in two meetings with Arizona, going 2 of 8 from the field and totaling five points in the most recent matchup.

The Lumberjacks have lost 13 in a row to ranked opponents, dropping the most recent such matchup 92-54 to then-No. 18 UNLV on Nov. 12.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Big Sky
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
E. Wash.14-426-974
Montana14-420-13145
Sac. State13-521-12142
N. Arizona13-523-15166
N. Colo.10-815-15246
Portland St.9-915-14225
Idaho8-1013-17266
Weber St.8-1013-17261
So. Utah7-1110-19307
North Dakota4-148-22310
Idaho St.4-147-23343
Montana St.4-147-23324
Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona16-234-45
Utah13-526-919
Oregon13-526-1027
UCLA11-722-1448
Stanford9-924-1359
Arizona St.9-918-16102
Oregon St.8-1017-14133
California7-1118-1595
Colorado7-1116-18116
Wash. State7-1113-18169
Washington5-1316-15125
USC3-1512-20208

Related Video

 

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's Nike White Florida State Seminoles 2015 Coaches Preseason Sideline Polo

Nike 2015 College Coaches Polos
Get your school today
Shop Now

 
 
 
Other Games
MIST 59 Final
UM 67
BOISE 83 Final
CREI 70
MER 58 Final
NMEX 76
GT 62 Final
ILL 75
OHST 68 Final
DUKE 73
UCIRV 57 Final
UNLV 85