Game 3: No. 9
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005
Time: 11:30 a.m. HST
Location: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
Game Data: No. 9 Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) meets No. 12 Michigan State (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) in the third-place game of the 22nd annual EA Sports Maui Invitational ... It marks the first time in four appearances that Arizona has not appeared in the Maui Invitational (1993, 1997, 2000, 2005) championship game ... Today’s game marks the 1,000th game for Lute Olson as an NCAA Division I head coach.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 742-257 (.743) and 550-165 (.769) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLA’s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 23-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 21 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ?'88, ?'89, ?'93, ?'94, ?'98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 & ?'81) and directed the UA program to the nation’s best winning percentage over the past 18 years (479-118/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 27 overall in his career, making him one of only four head coaches in NCAA history to record 27 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 322-33 (.907) in
Last Time Out: After trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, Arizona came from behind and took the lead, but couldn’t hold on in a 79-70 loss Tuesday to Connecticut. The Wildcats used a 16-8 run over the first nine minutes of the second half to take its first lead of the game, but the Huskies answered with a 16-1 run shortly thereafter to take control of the game. The contest was ultimately won at the line, as
The Series: Today’s game marks the seventh meeting of the two schools with
An Olson Milestone: Today’s game with
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 23 years,
On the Positive Side of the Ledger: A win today would give Arizona a 2-1 record after three games, and a loss (obviously) would send the club back to the mainland with a 1-2 record. Not since the start of the 1989-90 season has
Off Target: Simply making shots has proven to be a chore through two games, as the Wildcats have a cumulative .344 field goal percentage. Only two Wildcats with as many as 10 field goal attempts have a field goal percentage of 50 percent or better: Mustafa Shakur (7-of-13/.538) and Kirk Walters (7-of-14/.500), while four other players are shooting less than 37 percent from the floor.
Defense Never Rests: UA’s offensive struggles have put a bit more pressure on its defense, and for the most part, it has responded positively.
From the Line: Historically,
Topping 20: A day after receiving 17 stitches due to a cut over his left eyebrow, junior Ivan Radenovic responded with a career-high-equaling 20 points against
Count on the Them: Entering the season, it was largely speculated that the quintet of Ivan Radenovic, Hassan Adams, Mustafa Shakur, Chris Rodgers and Kirk Walters would be responsible for much of the offensive productivity. Through the two games in
An All-Around Effort: In addition to finishing in double figures for the second straight game, Chris Rodgers also added six assists (against no turnovers) and three steals in 27 minutes played. In two games, the
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