Game 10 - BYU to Play Arizona in EnergySolutions

The Cougars face Arizona at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday at 4 p.m. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU vs. Arizona at EnergySolutions Arena

No. 18/21 BYU will play its third-straight neutral site game and look to improve to 10-0 on the season when the Cougars face Arizona on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. BYU is coming off an 86-58 victory over Vermont in Glens Falls, N.Y., the hometown of leading scorer and preseason All-American Jimmer Fredette (22.7 ppg). Jackson Emery adds 11.9 points and 2.8 steals per game and Noah Hartsock contributes 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Arizona is 8-1 this season with its only loss against then-No. 6 Kansas in Las Vegas. Derrick Williams leads Arizona with 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting .663 from the field and .769 from three. Solomon Hill adds 9.9 points per game and Jamelle Horne contributes 9.1 points per game. Saturday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 3 p.m. MT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live locally on KJZZ and nationally on BYUtv and available live online at www.BYUtv.org.

Up Next

No. 18/21 BYU will play UCLA in the Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., at 2:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Network and Fox Sports West. A live stats link will be available on www.byucougars.com and fans can listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 1:30 p.m. PT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com.

Cougar Quick Hits

— No. 18/21 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 136-40 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .773.

— The Cougars were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll for the first time since the 1980-81 season and are currently ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Jimmer Fredette has been named to eight preseason All-America teams (AP, ESPN.com, Sporting News, SI.com/Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times, Athlon Sports, Dick Vitale and Blue Ribbon Magazine). Fredette is averaging 22.7 points, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season.

Brandon Davies has developed into a reliable low post presence over the last seven games for the Cougars. During that stretch he is averaging 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting .554 from the field and registering seven blocks and seven assists. Davies has scored in double figures four times, posted nine points twice and had a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting at Creighton.

BYU GAME #10 FAST FACTS

No. 18/21 BYU (9-0) vs. Arizona (8-1)

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010

EnergySolutions

Salt Lake City

4 p.m. MT

Coaches

BYU, Dave Rose (136-40 in sixth season at BYU; same overall)

Arizona, Sean Miller (24-16 in second season at Arizona; 144-63 in seventh season overall)

Series

Arizona leads 20-18 with BYU winning 99-69 at Arizona last season

TV

BYUtv nationally, KJZZ locally (Dave McCann, play-by-play; Andy Toolson, game analysis; Jarom Jordan, sideline) - also live online at www.BYUtv.org

Radio

KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network

(Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)

Web

Live audio and live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/

Looking at Arizona

2010-11 Record: 8-1, 0-0

Conference: Pac 10

2009-10 Record: 16-15, 10-8 (4th place in Pac 10)

2010 Postseason: None

Highlights:

- Arizona is 8-1 this season, including a five-game winning streak to start the season before a loss to then-No. 6 Kansas in Las Vegas. The Wildcats have since won three-straight and are 6-0 at home, 1-0 away and 1-1 in neutral games.

- Derrick Williams is averaging 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting .663 from the field, .769 from three and .806 from the free throw line.

- While only one Wildcat averages double figures, seven players average at least 6.0 points per game.

- As a team, Arizona averages 82.8 points and shoots .509 from the field, .395 from three and .767 from the free throw line. Opponents average 59.9 points and shoot .415 from the field and .297 from three.

Coach: Sean Miller (second season at Arizona)

Arizona’s Last Outing — Arizona Holds Off Cal State Fullerton, 73-62

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Derrick Williams asserted himself after a quiet first half, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Arizona to a tougher-than-expected 73-62 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Wednesday night.

Arizona (8-1) had trouble with Cal State-Fullerton’s zone all night and hit just 8-of-25 shots from 3-point range to allow the Titans to keep it close until late. Williams took just three shots in the first half, but scored 16 points in the second, including a rebound slam and three-point play during a key run late.

Cal State-Fullerton (3-6) overcame a poor-shooting first half to hit 14-of-26 shots in the second, keeping it close behind Devon Peltier’s 3-point shooting and the inside work of Orane Chin and Jer’Vaughn Johnson.

Peltier hit four 3-pointers and had 19 points, Chin had 14 points and Johnson 13.

Series Notes

Saturday’s game will be the 39th meeting between BYU and Arizona. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 20-18 with BYU leading 14-4 in games in Provo and Arizona leading 15-4 in Tucson, Ariz., and 1-0 in neutral site games. The only neutral site game between the teams was an NCAA Tournament game in 1991 in Salt Lake City. Last season BYU defeated Arizona 99-69 in Tucson and Jimmer Fredette set a BYU and McKale Center record with 49 points.

Record Watch

Three-Point Field Goals

1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 265

2. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 213

3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 193

4. Mike Rose (2003-07) - 163

5. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 160

6. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 153

7. Andy Toolson (1984-85, 87-90) - 141

Three-Point Field Goal Attempts

1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 698

2. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 559

3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 500

4. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 406

5. Mike Rose (2003-07) - 381

T-6. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 355

T-6. Randy Reid (1992-96) - 355

8. Nick Sanderson (1991-93) - 350

Free Throws

6. Fred Roberts (1978-82) - 467

7. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - 431

8. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 414

9. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 412

10. Kresimir Cosic (1970-73) - 381

Free Throw Percentage

1. Tyler Haws (2009-10) - .917

2. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - .878

3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - .877

Assists

4. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 502

5. Randy Reid (1992-96) - 458

6. Scott Runia (1976-80) - 405

7. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 393

8. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 372

Steals

1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 195

2. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 182

3. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 173

4. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 165

5. Scott Sinek (1981-85) - 140

6. Nathan Call (1986-88, 90-92) - 138

7. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 135

8. Russell Larson (1991-95) - 131

9. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 129

10. Matt Montague (1996-97, 99-02) - 124

Points

1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 2467

2. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - 2319

...

6. Jeff Chatman (1984-88)1824

7. Mekeli Wesley (1997-01) - 1740

8. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 1735

9. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 1715

Wins Played in

1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 103

2. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 97

3. Russell Larson (1991-95) - 94

T-4. Chris Miles (2004-05, 07-10) - 90

T-4. Mark Durrant (1989-90, 92-95) - 90

T-4. Shane Knight (1991-95) - 90

...

Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 89

Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 83

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