In the only statistic that ultimately matters, the Arizona Wildcats are No. 1.
Of course, that would be the stat known as winning percentage.
But how the Wildcats have gotten off to a school-record 18-0 start heading into tonight's game against Colorado may be best explored with a dive into the statistical areas where they dominate.
Not surprisingly, most of them are defensive, including official NCAA stats such as points allowed (56.7) and field-goal percentage defense (37.0) but the Wildcats also shine in the more advanced analytic world.
There, you can also find Arizona coach Sean Miller’s favorite: Points per possession allowed.
That tempo-adjusted stat, as calculated by Kenpom.com, says the Wildcats allow opponents to score just .876 points per possession, the third-best number in the country.
“The only number that really counts on defense is points per possession, because that’s reflected in all categories, all stats, and simplifies it to one,” Miller says. “And our points per possession right now is very good.”
Keep clicking and take a look at all the top statistical areas in which the Wildcats are dominant: