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  • August 12, 2019
    Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork. [b]Billy McKinney Jersey[/b] .com) - The third-ranked Arizona Wildcats close out a five-game homestand on Tuesday night, as they play host to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a non-conference clash at the McKale Center. Sean Millers Wildcats are clicking on all cylinders right now and are sporting a flawless 10-0 record. The team has had its share of cupcakes on the schedule, but also has some real quality wins, including topping nationally- ranked teams like San Diego State (61-59) and Gonzaga (66-63 OT). Most recently, the team made light work of the Michigan Wolverines in a 80-53 rout on Saturday. Only two coaches have been at their respective Division I schools longer than Oaklands Greg Kampe and those are Syracuses Jim Boeheim (39 years) and Dukes Mike Krzyzewski (35 years). Kampes 31st season at the helm of the Oakland program hasnt exactly gone according to plan. The Grizzlies are sitting two games under .500 at 4-6, after having a three-game win streak halted on Sunday at Michigan State (87-61). These two teams have met just one prior time and that was an 85-73 Arizona win in 2011 on Tucson. Oakland doesnt shy away from competition, as the team will take on six opponents from the Power 5 Conference this year, the most since 2010-11. Michigan State was just one of those teams and really made light work of the Grizzlies last weekend in East Lansing. Oakland struggled to shoot the basketball (.396), especially from behind the arc (5-of-20), while the Spartans went a sizzling .557 from the floor and 10-of-17 from 3-point range. Dante Williams led the team with 15 points off the bench. Corey Petros managed to record a double-double in the loss, posting 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kahlil Felder also finished with 13 points. Offensively, the Grizzlies can hang with most teams, as they shoot a solid .470 from the floor on the season, leading to a healthy 75.3 ppg. The problem is that the strong play has not made its way to the defensive end, where the team is allowing a generous 77.8 ppg. Petros has been an anchor in the frontcourt, as the 6-foot-10 senior shoots .642 from the floor and leads the team in both scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). Felder (15.3 ppg) can fill up the basket as well and is a strong defender (2.2 spg). Tommie McCune (12.4 ppg) and Williams (10.5 ppg) add scoring depth. Arizona has the ability to adapt to its opponent and can win games at either end of the floor. The Wildcats are getting it done with efficient shooting (.507), putting up 76.4 ppg. Defensively, the team holds foes to just 59.4 ppg and under 40 percent shooting (.391). UA also lives comfortably in terms of rebounding (+7.2) and turnover (+2.8) margins. Freshman Stanley Johnson has made an immediate impact in the frontcourt for Arizona and leads the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, while ranking second in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also produces up front, coming off the bench with 12.4 ppg and a team-best 6.7 rpg. Brandon Ashley gives the team a strong forward trio with his 11.4 ppg. Other key contributors include Gabe York (9.0 ppg), Kaleb Tarczewski (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and T.J. McConnell (7.2 ppg, 5.7 apg). The Wildcats got off to a fast start and never took the foot off the pedal, as Arizona made light work of the suddenly struggling Wolverines. UA shot .582 from the floor, as five players notched double digits in the win. Johnson led the charge with 17 points. Tarczewski and York poured in 15 points apiece, while Hollis-Jefferson and Ashley added to the scoring deluge with 10 points each. 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[b]Jesse Barfield Jersey[/b] .C. -- Authorities say the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been shot and killed outside a South Carolina nightclub.PHOENIX - The St. Louis Cardinals never made it easy on themselves, labouring through injuries and inconsistency, unable to get into the NL Central race until around the All-Star break.Even after they surged into the lead, the Cardinals had a hard time finishing it off, limping to the finish while allowing Pittsburgh to hang around for a chance at the division title.It all came down to game No. 162 and it ended up being the easiest win of the season a€” even if they didnt need it.The Cardinals clinched their second straight NL Central title before the first pitch Sunday and finished off the regular season with a get-to-the-celebration 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.Next up: The Dodgers in the NL division series Friday in Los Angeles.Fortunately, we weathered the storm and the guys just put their nose down, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Im real proud of the guys.The Cardinals were assured of a playoff spot entering the day. What that spot would be depended on whether they could beat the Diamondbacks or Cincinnati knocked off Pittsburgh.The Reds took care of business for the Cardinals by beating the Pirates 4-1, a victory that was announced about 10 minutes before St. Louis game against Arizona.The Cardinals celebrated in the dugout, then it did it again after the final out against the Diamondbacks, wildly spraying each other with champagne and beer after an oh-so-sweet finish to their second straight 90-win season.We know Pittsburgh had a good run, but we had a better one, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said.Once Sundays game started, both teams seemed to go through the motions, the only run coming on Kolten Wongs groundout in the sixth inning off Josh Collmenter (11-9).The Cardinals scratched scheduled starter Adam Wainwright just before the start, using five relievers instead. Justin Masterson (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings and Carlos Martinez got the final two outs for his first save.Arizona went down meekly, managing two hits to finish 64-98, worst in the majors and second-worst record in team history.We had higher expectations coming out of the spring, Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler said. Whether you look at the injuries or the pure lack off execution on the field, this is not how we wanted to finish. [b]Roger Clemens Jersey[/b]. We definitely dont feel like we are the worse team in baseball, even though the record says we were this year.The Cardinals went to the World Series last season, yet have seemed to make it hard on themselves this season, taking the NL Central race down to the final game after limping to the finish.St. Louis had a chance to wrap up the division title Saturday night, but couldnt put away the Diamondbacks, losing 5-2 after Mark Trumbo hit a pair of homers.Cincinnati eliminated the drama for St. Louis with a win that sent the Pirates to the wild-card game and St. Louis into the division series. The result was announced at Chase Field about 10 minutes before first pitch and the Cardinals celebrated with a round of high-fives and hugs in the dugout.I think I threw a pitch without looking because I was watching the scoreboard, Wainwright said. It was a great feeling.Matheny said Wainwright would start the season finale regardless of what happened with the Pirates, but he was replaced by Nick Greenwood just before the game.With nothing to play for on either side, the Cardinals and Diamondbacks breezed through a brisk, free-swinging game that was more like spring training than a season finale.COLLMENTERS OUTINGCollmenter was Arizonas best starter down the stretch of the season and turned in another solid outing the finale, even if he didnt get much support. The right-hander allowed three hits in eight innings, dropping his ERA to 1.26 over his final seven starts.I just wanted to finish the season strong, Collmenter said.NUMBERSThe Cardinals notched their 23rd shutout of the season, third-most in team history. The 1968 team had 30 and the 1944 team 26. ... Arizonas Ender Inciarte went 0 for 4 to end a 15-game hitting streak. ... Masterson earned his first win as a reliever since July 5, 2009, against Seattle.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: LF Matt Holliday was out of the lineup after leaving in the sixth inning Saturday night due to flu-like symptoms.UP NEXT:Cardinals: Wainright will start against NL Cy Young Award favourite Clayton Kershaw in the division series opener against the Dodgers. ' ' '