Wildcats host Bulldogs in Tucson
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – The 15th-ranked Arizona Wildcats continue
their four-game homestand tonight, when they host the Samford Bulldogs
in non-conference action from Tucson.
The Wildcats enter the contest on a winning note, as they posted a 102-87
triumph over New Mexico State on Sunday. It was the second straight 100-
plus point effort by Arizona, which suffered its only loss in three games
on the road to Virginia (93-90) to open the season. The Wildcats will
conclude their homestand against UNLV on Tuesday before heading out on the
road for three straight games.
As for Samford, it was last in action on Thursday, when it dropped a 69-62
decision at Towson. The Bulldogs have played three games total on the year,
losing out to top-ranked Florida (79-54) in its opener before returning home
to defeat Tennessee Temple (83-59).
Tonight’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between Arizona and
Samford on the hardwood.
Three-point shooting proved to be the difference, as the Bulldogs went just 3-
of-24 from long range compared to a 9-of-17 effort by Towson in a seven-point
loss. The Bulldogs did a decent job in hitting on 40.7 percent of their shots
from the floor and they also converted 15-of-19 free-throw attempts. Randall
Gulina paced the squad in defeat with 18 points, while Jerry Smith notched a
double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. On the year, Gulina has been
simply sensational for Samford and he is averaging a team-high 24.0 ppg on
54.3 percent shooting from the floor. Travis Peterson ranks second in both
scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg), while Smith adds 10.0 ppg to go
along with team-highs of 6.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. The Bulldogs however, have
struggled to slow down their opponents thus far, allowing them to score 69.0
ppg and shooting 49.3 percent from the field.
The Wildcats shot a solid 57.1 percent from the field and knocked home 12-
of-21 three pointers en route to a lopsided win over New Mexico State this
past weekend. The team also made 18-of-25 free-throw attempts, in addition to
dominating the boards, 41-26. Ivan Radenovic notched a double-double with 25
points and 12 rebounds, as all five starters reach double figures in the win.
Chase Budinger, who scored 19 points in the game, currently leads the team in
scoring this season with a healthy 22.7 ppg. Radenovic follows with 19.7 ppg
and he is also ripping down a club-best 7.0 rpg. Jawann McClellan adds 17.7
ppg for Arizona, which is averaging a healthy 97.7 ppg off 54.0 percent
shooting from the floor this season.