Long Beach St.-Arizona Preview
Arizona is showing off some impressive scoring depth during its longest winning streak of the season.
The eighth-ranked Wildcats also have the longest active home winning streak in the country, and that doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy of ending Tuesday night against Long Beach State.
Arizona (11-1) is outscoring opponents by an average of 21.7 points while winning six games in a row, and only twice over that stretch have the Wildcats had a repeat top scorer. Five players are averaging at least 9.5 points, with Allonzo Trier leading the way at 15.8.
"Everybody's contributing and I think that's something that's really hard to scout against," said forward Ryan Anderson, who is averaging 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds during the winning streak. "You can't scout just one player."
Dusan Ristic was the latest to lead the team in scoring Saturday, finishing with a career-high 20 points as the starters totaled all but four points in an 82-70 win over UNLV.
The sophomore had totaled 22 points over the previous two games after averaging 6.1 over the first nine, a stretch that included criticism from coach Sean Miller about his positioning and fouling.
"I feel better," Ristic said. "When I show some good things and improvements, that gave me confidence."
The Wildcats should have plenty of confidence at the McKale Center, where they've won 46 straight games by an average of 22.4 points since losing to California on Feb. 10, 2013.
Arizona has won all five meetings with the 49ers (6-7) and they've all come at home, including a 91-57 rout Nov. 11, 2013.
Long Beach State - playing its third Pac-12 opponent on the road after losses at UCLA and Oregon - is 1-4 on the road, losing three straight while giving up 84.7 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting.
The 49ers are coming off a 94-73 loss Friday in Eugene to the Ducks. They allowed a season high in points with 54 coming in the second half, were outscored 44-26 overall in the paint and Oregon shot 51.6 percent.
"What's disappointing is that we wasted a great effort by one guy to keep us in there until we could get other guys into a flow," coach Dan Monson said of Travis Hammonds' 27 points. "We just put too much effort on our offense.
"To give up 52 points in the last 15 minutes is unacceptable."
Hammonds is trying to build on his career high in points after totaling 25 over the previous four games. He's averaging 12.2 on the road, while Nick Faust is adding 18.8 per game while hitting 47.9 percent from the field - 12 of 31 from beyond the arc.
Faust, a transfer from Maryland, hasn't been very sharp over the last two games. The senior guard has 24 points while making 8 of 23 attempted field goals, including 2 of 9 3-pointers.
Long Beach State has lost 14 straight to ranked opponents, including its last two defeats to Arizona. The 49ers' challenging non-conference schedule that features eight 2015 NCAA Tournament teams concludes Dec. 30 at No. 15 Duke.