Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 11 Arizona (15-6, 7-2 Pac-10) returns to McKale Center to play its only home games in February, beginning with Washington (9-12, 3-6 Pac-10) ... Over the last four home games, the Wildcats have held the opposition to less than 65 points three times ... Since 1995-96, Arizona is 32-9 (.780) in the month of February ... The Wildcats have won 15 of the last 16 games vs. the Huskies in McKale Center ... Loren Woods is 10 points shy of totaling 1,000 in his collegiate career ... In its last seven wins, Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 23.1 points per game.
The Rankings: UA fell to No. 11 in the current Associated Press poll and to No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Arizona opened the year as the nations top-ranked team in the media and coaches polls. Incidentally, UA has been ranked in the AP top 25 for 104 consecutive weeks, the longest active streak in the nation. The Cats have been ranked in 231 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 18th season at Arizona and his 28th overall as a head coach with a career record of 626-223 (.737) and 434-131 (.768)... He recorded his 600th career win and his 400th victory at Arizona last year and has the fourth most Pac-10 wins (242) in history, trailing UCLAs John Wooden (304, 1949-75), Oregon States Slats Gill (276, 1929-64) and Washingtons Hec Edmundson (266, 1921-47)... He has the second-best conference winning percentage in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74) ... During his 18-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), gone to three Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997), won nine Pac-10 Conference titles and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 16 years in a row, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 26)... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year six times (1986, 88, 89, 93, 94, 98), the Big 10 Coach of the Year twice (1979 & 81) and directed the UA program to the nations best winning percentage over the past 13 years... In his collegiate career, he has produced 35 NBA Draft picks, including 20 at Arizona 15 alone on the 1990s... He has led Arizona to 13 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 22 overall in his career, making him one of only six head coaches in NCAA history to record 22 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 267-26 (.911) in McKale Center and have won 195 of its last 206 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention, Jay John and undergraduate assistant Josh Pastner. Olson is 26-11 vs. Washington.
Last Time Out: Michael Wright collected his second consecutive double-double and UA put forth a strong defensive effort in the 68-41 win over Oregon State. Wright was one of four Cats to finish in double figures and his 11 boards led to a 38-19 rebound advantage. Arizona held OSU scoreless for the first 10:21 and limited the Beavers to just 31.8 percent shooting. The Wildcats blistered the nets for 77.3 percent shooting in the second half and outscored OSU 44-23. Freshman Travis Hanour scored a career-high 11 points in the win.
Scouting Washington: Washington enters play tonight with a 9-12 record (3-6 Pac-10) after Saturdays 78-72 home win over Washington State. As a team, the Huskies average 67.0 points, 37.0 rebounds and shoot 41.6 percent from the floor, but allow 72.6 points, 38.1 rebounds and a 44.1 field goal percentage. Individually, Will Perkins leads UW with averages of 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. Perkins leads the Pac-10 with eight double-doubles this season.
The Series: Tonights game is the 47th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 31-15 series advantage. The Wildcats have won seven of the last eight meetings, including an 89-64 win in Seattle on Jan. 13. Arizona is 18-4 in series games played in Tucson, 12-11 in Seattle and 1-0 in neutral-site games.
Last Meeting: Loren Woods registered the fifth triple-double in school history and Michael Wright added a double-double to lead the Cats to an 89-64 win in Seattle on Jan. 13. UA used a 27-9 run over 10:00 of the first half to take control of the contest in the 25-point win. Woods (13 pts./10 reb./10 blk.) and Wright (26 pts./10 reb.) combined to hit 13-of-22 shots in the effort. The Cats held Washington to just a 28.6 field goal percentage.
Milestones: Tonights game marks a small milestone for Lute Olson. It is his 850th game as a college head coach (No. 566 at Arizona). In terms of number of games coached, Olson ranks 13th among active division I-A head coaches. Entering this season, he ranked eighth among active head coaches in terms of winning percentage. In terms of UA history, Olson ranks second behind Fred Enke, who coached in 821 games while serving as the Wildcat mentor for 36 years.
Doubling Your Pleasure: Wright helped Arizona remain in second place in the Pac-10 by posting a pair of double-doubles in two road games this week. In two games, Wright averaged 19.0 points and 12.5 rebounds and shot .560 (14-of-25) from the floor. He scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds Thursday at Oregon. Ten of the 14 boards vs. Oregon were on the offensive glass (a team best this season). He answered that effort with game-high totals of 20 points and 11 rebounds in Saturdays win at Oregon State. He hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor. It marked his sixth double-double of the season and 31st of his career, a figure that leads all active Pac-10 players. It also marked the first time since the seasons first two games that Wright had posted consecutive double-doubles.
Straight shooting: In Saturdays win, Arizona shot a season-best .556 (25-of-45) from the floor. Included in the effort was a blistering .773 (17-of-22) FG percentage in the second half. The .773 second-half shooting was the teams best effort in any half this season. Arizona is 7-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor this season.
Limiting the Looks: The UA defense also played well Saturday, limiting Oregon State to .318 (14-of-44) FG shooting, an opponent season low. Arizona held OSU to just seven field goals in each half, and held the Beavers scoreless for the first 10:11 of the contest. It marked the 11th time this season, and sixth time in the last eight games, that Arizona has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. OSUs 14 field goals were an opponent season low.
Holding them Down: The defensive effort also held Oregon State to just 41 points. The 41 points equaled an opponent season low and marked the fourth time UA has held an opponent to less than 60 points. OSU managed just 18 first-half points, the third time an opponent had failed to score at least 20 points in the first half this season.
Behind the Arc: Led by Travis Hanours 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range on Saturday, Arizona hit 8-of-16 three-point FG attempts vs. Oregon State. It was the fourth time this year that the Cats have shot 50 percent or better from three-point range.
In Control: UA posted a 38-19 rebound advantage on Saturday. It was the 15th time this season that Arizona has outrebounded an opponent, and the fourth time the Cats have posted a rebound advantage of +15 or more this season. The Arizona starters outrebounded Oregon State, 30-19, on Saturday. It was also the second time that UA has held an opponent to less than 20 rebounds this season.
Steal Away: Arizona collected 10 steals in a game on Saturday, marking just the fourth time this season that the squad had reached double figures in that category. Richard Jefferson equaled a career high with three steals, while teammate Justin Wessel equaled a season high with two pilfers vs. Oregon State.
All-Around Effort: Richard Jefferson continues to play solid basketball of late, as the junior scored 10 points to go with six rebounds, six steals, three steals and a blocked shot. Over his last six games, Jefferson is averaging 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Strong Contributions: Freshman Travis Hanour played 17 minutes vs. Oregon State, his most action since Dec. 2, and responded with a career-high 11 points. The Laguna Beach, Calif., native hit 4-of-5 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. On the week, Hanour hit 6-of-9 FG attempts and totaled 15 points. That was more than half of the total number of points he had scored (27) in 10 games played prior to the weekend.
Unselfish Play: Arizona collected 20 assists on Saturday, two shy of a season high. It was the fourth time this season that the Wildcats have tallied at least 20 assists in a game. Sophomore Jason Gardner totaled five assists in the game, which improved the teams record to 21-4 in his career when collecting at least five assists in a game.
Stepping In: Sophomore Luke Walton replaced Loren Woods in the starting lineup on Saturday, his sixth start of the year. Arizona is 5-1 this season when Walton is in the starting five. He responded with five points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes. The quintet of Michael Wright, Richard Jefferson, Walton, Gilbert Arenas and Jason Gardner was the seventh different starting lineup employed by the Wildcats this season.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of Wildcat success than the 80-point mark. This season, Arizona is 9-0 when scoring 80 points and 5-5 when it does not. Over the last three seasons, UA is 37-3 (.925) when scoring at least 80 points. Arizona has scored at least 80 points in five of its last six games.
Along the Oregon Trail: Having entered last weeks road swing averaging 83.0 points per game over its previous six games, Arizona hit a bit of a speed bump while up in Oregon. The Cats failed to score at least 70 points in either game, marking the first time this season the squad had done that in consecutive games. The good part of all of this is that UA picked up a win on Saturday to move its record to 1-3 when it scores less than 70 points.
Continuing his Climb: Michael Wright currently stands in 18th place on UA's career scoring list with 1,264 points. Just ahead of Wright in 17th place is Linc Richmond (1943-49) with 1,246 points.
Balanced Attack: It was a total team effort that led the Wildcats to victory on Saturday, as nine of the 10 players to see action received double-figure minutes. Its the fourth time this season that Arizona has accomplished the feat.
Olson Honors: UA head coach Lute Olson will be given the John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching award. The award was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999, and recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Woodens high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. Olson will be honored at the 25th annual John R. Wooden Awards program.
Farewell, Bobbi: A special memorial fund has been established in Bobbi Olson's name at the Arizona Cancer Center, where she had undergone treatment since her illness was diagnosed in June 1998. Contributions can be made payable to the Arizona Cancer Center/UAF and mailed to Arizona Cancer Center Development, P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, AZ 85724-5013.
TV/Radio Information: The Lute Olson television show airs every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on KTTU-TV, channel 18. Additionally, the Lute Olson radio show is broadcast live every Tuesday on Newsradio 790 KNST at 6 p.m. All Arizona basketball games are broadcast live on the Wildcat Radio Network, which consists of 13 affiliates in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. KNST Newsradio 790 in Tucson serves as the flagship, while network participants include: KOY (Phoenix), KTAN (Sierra Vista), KVNA (Flagstaff), KDAP (Douglas), KWRQ (Safford), KZUA (Holbrook/Show Low), KJAA (Globe), KNOT (Prescott), KBLU (Yuma), KINO (Winslow), KRLV (Las Vegas, Nev.) and XENY (Nogales, Sonora). All UA games are live on the internet at broadcast.com.
Up Next: Arizona hosts Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. MST in McKale Center. The game will be telecast on Fox Sports Net Arizona.