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Arizona guard Kadeem Allen and the Wildcats come to Gill Coliseum on Thursday night with a 14-game winning streak and a 9-0 start in Pac-12 play.

Gus Ruelas, The Associated Press

Here's a look at Arizona, which comes to Gill Coliseum on Thursday night for a Pac-12 game.

The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-2, 9-0 Pac-12) have a 14-game winning streak dating back to a 69-62 loss to current No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. Arizona's other loss was to Butler, 69-65, Nov. 25 in Las Vegas.

The 9-0 start in conference play is the first since Stanford did it in the 2003-04 season on its way to 17 straight wins. Arizona has done it four times, the last in the 1997-98 season.

The Wildcats have defeated all of the other teams in the top half of the conference standings except Oregon, which it faces for the only time in the regular season Saturday in Eugene.

Freshman forward Lauri Markkanen has emerged as one of the Pac-12's top players. He's averaging 17.8 points and eight rebounds in conference games while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor, 60 percent on 3-pointers and 86.2 percent on free throws.

For the season, the Finland product is averaging 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, 52.6 percent from the floor, 50.5 on 3-pointers and 84.3 at the foul line.

He's scored in double figures in all but one game and put up 22 or more in three straight Pac-12 games.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, named to the Pac-12s all-freshman team last season, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the past three games. He missed the first 19 games due to an NCAA suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In all, Arizona has six players averaging in double figures.

The others are junior center Dusan Ristic 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds), freshman guard Kobi Simmons (11.8 points, 2.5 assists), freshman guard Rawle Alkins (11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2 assists) and senior guard Kadeem Allen (10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3 assists).

Arizona leads the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage defense (29.5) and rebounds allowed (30.5) and is second in scoring defense (63.1 ppg) and free throw percentage (76.3).

No player on the Arizona roster has won at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers won the last matchup there — 58-56 on Jan.11, 2015 — and Oregon State has won three of the last five games at Gill.


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