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Cats play Long Beach St. tonight; Sean Miller breaks silence on struggling Wildcat b-ball team

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Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller spoke with the Tucson-area media for the first time since the Cats returned from the Bahamas 0-3 and dropped out of the AP Top 25 after being ranked #2.  Here's more with Sean Miller from the KVOA sportscast:

Here's more on the U of A compliments of Arizona Athletics:

The Arizona Wildcats return to the court of McKale Center for a midweek meeting with the Long Beach State 49ers. Wednesday's game against LBSU will be UA's first home game in nearly two weeks following a week at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.

Arizona vs. Long Beach State
Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:00 p.m. (MST)
TV: Pac-12 Network (Roxy Bernstein & Steve Lavin)
Radio: Arizona IMG Radio Network (Brian Jeffries & Ryan Hansen)
Twitter: @APlayersProgram
#BearDown
 
Arizona returns to the friendly confines of McKale Center on Wednesday evening and will look to defend its 43-game non-conference home winning streak, which is the longest in program history. The 43 consecutive wins at home in non-conference play also ranks as the third longest such streak nationally.

Coming off a week in the Bahamas, freshman Deandre Ayton will look to continue his dominating play. Ayton averaged 22.0 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while shooting 62.2 percent from the field in his last three games. The 7-foot-1-inch freshman became the first Wildcat ever to open a season with five consecutive double-doubles.

McKale Center continues its conference-leading ways in attendance with and average crowd of 14,147 in the first three home games of the season. That average crowd accounts for 96.6 percent of total capacity for the building.

Allonzo Trier's start to his junior season stands at a scorching 24.5 points per game, ranking in the top seven in the NCAA. The Pac-12 Player of the Week in the opening weekend of the season tallied his first-ever 30-point scoring games in his team's first two games. He followed that up with three consecutive 20-point nights.

Wednesday's game between the Wildcats and 49ers is the fourth meeting in the last six seasons and seventh in the programs' history. UA is 3-0 versus Long Beach State under head coach Sean Miller with an average margin of victory of 23.7 points per game.

Freshman Brandon Randolph erupted for a season-best 17 points, on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting night, versus No. 18 Purdue in the final game in the Bahamas. Randolph scored a total of six points in his four games prior to facing the Boilermakers.

Deandre Ayton and his five double-doubles in six games has propelled him to staggering averages of 20.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. He ranks fifth in the nation in double-doubles and tied for fourth in defensive rebounding. Ayton's double-double streak was the longest by a UA freshman since Bob Elliott in 1973-74. It matched the longest streak by any Wildcat since Ryan Anderson posted five consecutive double-doubles (twice) during the 2015-16 season. Ayton, in the first month of the season, is also nearly halfway to the Arizona freshman record for double-doubles in a season at 12 held by Al Fleming (1972-73) and Michael Wright (1998-99).

Arizona has an impressive mark of 43-11 (.796) in games following a loss during the Sean Miller era of 2009 to present. That record moves to 11-3 (.786) in games following consecutive losses.
 

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