UA-NAU pregame notes: More 3-pointers likely

2012-11-28T12:40:00Z 2012-11-28T13:38:33Z UA-NAU pregame notes: More 3-pointers likelyBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona should find another test tonight for its three-point defense, which has become probably the Wildcats' biggest early season concern.

NAU guards Gabe Rogers and DeWayne Russell have both averaged more than two made three-pointers per game and the Lumberjacks have made an average of 6.8 three-pointers per game.

Rogers is averaging 16.6 points a game and Russell is averaging 15.8. Russell, a freshman who was once a USC commit, is hitting his three-pointers at a 47.8-percent rate, too.

"Anytime those types of players come in averaging 17 points a game it gets your attention," UA coach Sean Miller said. "We all know when you watch these games where upsets happen it's generally those guys on the other team have big nights from three, or the team has a huge night from three. That’s something we’re working hard to improve on and I think our guards will have two really challenging matchups with those two players."

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Some game previews:

The Arizona Daily Sun says the Lumberjacks are wary of UA's size and athleticism.

The Wildcat discusses UA's three-point defensive woes.

Arizona Sports had a feature on NAU coach Jack Murphy.

Our advance coverage today: A main story on NAU coaches Murphy and Al La Rocque, and a scouting report with notes.

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Here's the official game notes from Arizona and from NAU.

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The "Bilastrator" dropped Arizona from No. 10 to No. 16 (ESPN insider access required), saying the Wildcats are "giving up too many easy shots."

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Arizona's Dec. 8 opponent, Clemson, will be facing Purdue tonight (5:15 p.m., ESPNU) and coach Brad Brownell is wondering whether Tiger fans are ready for basketball.

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Florida will begin a difficult stretch that includes a Dec. 15 game at UA on Thursday against Marquette.

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Colorado survived a scare from Texas Southern in double overtime and Tad Boyle is warning the Buffs that they must deal with higher expectations now.

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Washington is still reeling from being "punked" by Colorado State.

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UCLA sat through a "brutal" film review of its loss to Cal Poly.

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There's a bunch of other Pac-12 games tonight, all on various forms of the Pac-12 Networks:

Utah at Southern Methodist, 6 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at ASU, 6 p.m.

Idaho at WSU, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Stanford, 8 p.m.

Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 10 p.m.

Saint Louis at Washington, 10 p.m.

Arizona viewers should get the ASU-Pine Bluff, UA-NAU and Northridge-UCLA games.

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