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Arizona’s Azuolas Tubelis named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

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Arizona’s upset of Pac-12 leader USC on Saturday didn’t just produce Sean Miller’s 300th win at the school, it also helped one of the Wildcats’ top freshmen earn recognition from the conference for his efforts.

Azuolas Tubelis has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after averaging 17 points and 11.5 rebounds during Arizona’s road split at the Los Angeles schools. That includes a 16-point, 15-rebound effort in the 81-72 victory at USC, his second double-double of the season.

The 6-foot-11 Tubelis is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from 3-point range. He has scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 31 points in the home loss to USC on Jan. 7.

Tubelis is Arizona’s second freshman to win the Pac-12’s weekly award following Bennedict Mathurin, who did so on Jan. 4 after averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in a road sweep of the Washington schools.

Arizona returns to action for its final homestand on Thursday when it hosts Washington State at McKale Center. The Cougars feature the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, Noah Williams, who averaged 28 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in a trio of wins last week including a 40-point outburst in the Cougars’ triple-overtime win against Stanford.