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Zona Players Balance Final Exams w/ preps for New Mexico Lobos

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The Arizona Wildcat players talked about how tough it is to balance final exams and game preparation for the showdown against New Mexico on Saturday.  Here's more as-seen-on-KVOA News 4 Tucson:

Here's more from ArizonaWildcats.Com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Arizona will make its return to the historic Pit in Albuquerque for the first time in nearly 20 years as the program renews its series with its second-oldest rival. The Wildcats and Lobos will square off on Bob King Court on Saturday night on CBS Sports Network.
  
No. 23/23 Arizona at New Mexico
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:00 p.m. (MST)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan & Steve Lappas)
Radio: Arizona IMG Radio Network (Brian Jeffries & Ryan Hansen)
Twitter: @APlayersProgram
#BearDown
 
Arizona returns to Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit in Albuquerque for the first time in nearly 20 years on Saturday. The renewal of the rivalry will also see the Wildcats play in the historic home of the Lobos for a 67th time in program history, including postseason tournaments. UA has won 35 of its 66 contests in Albuquerque.
 
The Wildcats carry a four-game winning streak to the Land of Enchantment after earning an 88-82 victory over Alabama on Dec. 9 in Tucson. UA was powered by a monster game by freshman Deandre Ayton and his 29 points and 18 rebounds against the Crimson Tide. Ayton was named the USBWA National Freshman of the Week following the Alabama win. He was supported by Allonzo Trier who scored 25 points courtesy of his efficient 14-of-16 shooting at the free throw line.
 
UA boasts an all-time record of 170-101 (.627) versus current Mountain West members. After dropping their first three games against MW schools under head coach Sean Miller, the Wildcats have won 11 of their last 12 games versus the Mountain West. UA's average margin of victory in those 11 most recent victories is 9.4 points per win.
 
Deandre Ayton is one of four players in the nation to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 60.0 percent or greater from the field. The Nassau, Bahamas native is joined by Duke's Marvin Bagley III, UNLV's Brandon McCoy and Georgetown's Jessie Govan in that distinction. Ayton's rebounding numbers are fueled by his NCAA-leading 9.0 defensive rebounds per game.
 
Arizona and New Mexico will continue their historical rivalry on Saturday with the 127th all-time meeting between the two schools who first met in 1917. The Lobos are UA's second-oldest rival behind Arizona State who first faced the Wildcats in 1913. The two teams have split their last 16 meetings of the series.
 
Deandre Ayton became the first Arizona freshman since Bob Elliott in 1973-74 to record a game of at least 25 points and 15 rebounds with his 29-point, 18-rebound outing in the win over Alabama. Elliott achieved the feat twice during his freshman season at UA.
 
Parker Jackson-Cartwright continues to keep his place among assist-to-turnover ratio rankings in the Pac-12 Conference and nationally. He has tallied 23 assists to just five turnovers in his last five games. The senior posted a 2.42 ratio as a sophomore, 3.10 as a junior and has a 3.13 assist-to-turnover ratio this season.
 
Allonzo Trier has upped his scoring pace this season courtesy of an uptick in efficiency. Trier has upped his three-point shooting percentage to a career-best 39.6% this season. The Seattle native is connecting on 68.1 percent of his attempts from inside the arc, which is a 17 percent increase from last season. Trier has also upped his free throw attempts per game this season by over one attempt a game from last season.
 
Arizona's Alex Barcello will see one familiar face on the New Mexico roster. UNM junior Dane Kuiper was a teammate of Barcello's at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe where the duo helped guide the Aztecs to a pair of state titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
 
Freshman Brandon Randolph has continued his improvement during the non-conference season after recovering from a concussion that forced him to miss the team's second exhibition and season opener. Randolph averaged 1.5 points per game through his first four games while shooting 18.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 50.0 percent at the free throw line. In his last five games, Randolph is averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from deep and 84.6 percent at the charity stripe.
 
UA enters the New Mexico game as one of three programs in the nation with a pair of players averaging 20 or more points a game. Deandre Ayton (20.5 ppg) and Allonzo Trier (22.3 ppg) are the fourth highest scoring duo in the nation at 42.8 points per game.
 

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