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Zona talks tonight's heated rivalry game vs. UCLA

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The 13th ranked Arizona basketball team is hoping to avenge a loss at home last year to UCLA in a game against the Bruins that'll air on national TV.  Here's Coach Sean Miller talking about he Wildcats in the KVOA Sportscast:

Here's more from Arizona Athletics:

Arizona returns home from the Pacific Northwest to welcome the Los Angeles schools for the first and only time during the regular season. The week begins with a primetime ESPN match-up with the UCLA Bruins on Thursday night.

No. 13/13 Arizona vs. UCLA 
Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. (MST)
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch & Bill Walton)
Radio: Arizona IMG Radio Network (Brian Jeffries & Ryan Hansen)
Twitter: @APlayersProgram
#BearDown
 
Arizona returns to McKale Center for a pair of games this week as winners of its last 12 games in Tucson. The Wildcats have a home record of 135-13 (.912) under head coach Sean Miller, which includes a mark of 68-9 (.883) in Pac-12 home games. The Wildcats' record of 79-2 in Tucson since the start of the 2013-14 season is the best home record in the nation during that span.

UA is coming off a road split in the state of Washington with Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton each averaging 22.0 points per game for the week while both shot over 63.0 percent from the field. Ayton and fellow big man, Dusan Ristic, posted big weeks as well. Ayton averaged 22.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 20 of 28 (.714) from the field. Ristic finished his week at 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game with a 60.9 field goal percentage.

The Wildcats will play a pair of late games this week versus UCLA and USC with both match-ups tipping off in the 8 p.m. hour locally. Arizona has won 13 of its last 15 games played after 8 p.m. going back to the start of the 2016-17 season.

Senior Dusan Ristic is amidst the best stretch of his college career with double-digit scoring games in his last seven appearances, which is such streak of his career. Ristic is averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 69.6 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.

Arizona continues its offensive efficiency as a team, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor as a team, which ranks third nationally. The program's all-time record for field goal percentage in a season is 54.5 percent in 1987-88, and it has not finished a season with a mark of 50.0 percent or greater since the 1991-92 season.

Sean Miller's record of 11-9 (.550) versus UCLA as the head coach at the University of Arizona is his lowest winning percentage versus any Pac-12 program. That record includes an uptick with a mark of 5-2 (.714) against the Bruins at McKale Center.

UA's return home following a loss at Washington brings into play Arizona's record of 21-8 (.724) in games following a loss over the past five seasons. That mark improves to 13-1 (.929) in home games following a loss during that same span.

The Wildcats' record of 43-55 against UCLA makes the Bruins the only conference program with a winning record in the all-time series versus Arizona.

Allonzo Trier has been at his best versus the Los Angeles schools in his career. His highest career scoring averages versus Pac-12 teams are USC (21.3 ppg) and UCLA (18.2 ppg). The Seattle native is averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game against the Bruins while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from deep and 83.9 percent from the free throw line.

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