Game 21: No. 11 Arizona (17-3, 7-1) vs. Washington State (8-9, 3-5)
Game 21: No. 11 Arizona (17-3, 7-1) vs. Washington State (8-9, 3-5)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005
Time: Noon MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) and the FSN Arizona broadcast of the Washington State game, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 31. ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 11 Arizona (17-3, 7-1 Pac-10) hosts Washington State (8-9, 3-5 Pac-10) Saturday afternoon in McKale Center ... It’s the Cats’ third late morning or early afternoon tip at home this season ... A showcase of contrasting styles might be an understatement as Arizona is averaging 82.0 points per game over its last five, 23.2 points more than Washington State in the same span ... UA is shooting better than 81 percent as a team from the free throw line (151-of-185/.816) in league play.
The Rankings: After winning two games last week, Arizona jumped to No. 11 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 296 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 728-252 (.743) and 536-160 (.770) 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 second-most Pac-10 wins (297) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.777/297-85) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (449-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 318-32 (.909) in McKale Center and have won 246 of its last 262 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 40-2 against Washington State.
Last Time Out: Arizona set a school record by making 38-of-40 free throws and held Washington to 38.6 percent shooting from the field in posting a come-from-behind 91-82 win on Thursday. Salim Stoudamire scored a game-high 25 points and Channing Frye tallied 14 of his 18 points in the second half as the Wildcats rallied from an 11-point first half deficit. In limiting UW to just 32.4 percent shooting in the second half, UA outscored the visitors, 51-35, in the final stanza.
Scouting Washington State: The Cougars enter Saturday’s game with an 8-9 record (3-5 Pac-10) after a 68-62 loss Thursday at Arizona State. WSU shoots 38.6 percent from the field (343-of-889), posts a -3.5 rebound margin and is being outscored by 1.3 points per game. Individually, two Cougars average in double figures, led by Thomas Kelati, who averages 12.4 points per game. Jeff Varem leads the club by averaging 7.9 rebounds per game.
The Series: Saturday’s game marks the 56th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 45-10 series advantage. UA has won 38 consecutive meetings in the series, dating back to March 1, 1986, including the last get-together, a 72-60 win in Tucson on Feb. 28, 2004. All-time, Arizona is 22-5 in series games played in Tucson, 19-5 in Pullman, and 4-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 105 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 72, Washington State 60, Feb. 28, 2004: Arizona came out with some defensive intensity, held Washington State to just 30 percent shooting, and forced nine turnovers in the first half to cruise to a 72-60 decision. On the other end, Channing Frye scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half to lead Arizona to a 36-21 lead at the break. Salim Stoudamire tallied 15 of his game high 21 points in the second half as UA built as much as a 25 point lead.
Against Ranked Opponents: After Thursday’s win over No. 10 Washington, Arizona is 3-1 this season against nationally ranked opponents. Incidentally, two of those wins, over No. 15 Mississippi State and Washington, came against higher-ranked teams. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Arizona is 30-17 (.638) against ranked foes.
Fire Away: Over his last five games, Salim Stoudamire is shooting 55.3 percent (42-of-76) from the field, including an impressive 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from behind the arc. In the 11 games since sitting out the Marquette game on Dec. 18 for disciplinary reasons, the 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 19.5 points per game and shooting 59.1 percent (65-of-110) from the field, 62.1 percent (36-of-58) from behind the arc and 94.2 percent (49-of-52) from the line. Incidentally, Stoudamire’s improved accuracy has helped the Wildcats as a whole shoot 47.5 percent (322-of-678) from the field in that span, an increase of 35 percentage points over the team’s season FG percentage.
All Arizona: With a pair of blocked shots in Thursday’s game, Channing Frye moved into second place on the Pac-10’s career blocked shot list with 208. Frye’s defensive efforts trail only former Wildcat Anthony Cook’s 278 blocked shots from 1985-89 in both the Arizona and conference annals.
Playing from Behind: For the second game in a row, Arizona was forced to dig itself out of a considerable first-half deficit. On Jan. 22 at Oregon State, Arizona trailed 31-16 with 9:05 remaining before it went on a 21-6 run over the next 5:20 to tie the game. Thursday vs. Washington, Arizona trailed 47-36 with 1:02 to go in the first half before embarking on a 17-3 run over 4:46 to take a three-point lead.
Shooting Straight: At a time when it really needed it, Arizona managed to shoot better than 50 percent from the field (24-of-47/.511) in Thursday’s win. It marked the sixth time this season that the club has broken the 50 percent plateau and is undefeated when accomplishing the feat. Thursday’s game also was only the third time this year that the Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better in both halves of the same game (Manhattan/Eastern Washington).
Record Setting: Arizona set a school record (min. 30 attempts) for single game free throw percentage by connecting on 38-of-40 (.950) charity tosses Thursday against the Huskies. At one point of the contest, UA made 31 consecutive free throws. Over its last two games, UA has made 92.5 percent (62-of-67) of its free throws. Incidentally, Arizona made its last 18 free throws at Oregon State, which means the club enjoyed a stretch where the it made 49-of-50 free throw attempts. On the season, Arizona has shot 78.1 percent (317-of-406) from the line, a figure that leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally as of the Jan. 24 NCAA statistics.
A Spark: Freshman Jawann McClellan knocked down all four free throws en route to seven points to go with a block and a steal vs. UW. The only UA freshman to appear in all 20 games, McClellan averages 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game.
Back to Back: By totaling at least 90 points in each of the last two wins, Arizona cracked the 90-point plateau in back-to-back games for the first time this season. While it may have been the most consistent effort, the 183 points scored against Oregon State and Washington are the second most in consecutive games this season, topped only by the 184 points scored in the wins over Manhattan (105) and Eastern Washington (79).
Contesting Shots: Arizona limited Washington to just 38.6 percent shooting on Thursday, including just 32.4 percent (11-of-34) in the second half. UW missed 43 of 70 field goal attempts with 21 of those coming from three-point range. Incidentally, Arizona has held six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting this season, but Thursday was the first time the team has accomplished the feat in Pac-10 play.
Back At It: Sophomore Mustafa Shakur put forth a solid effort against Washington, as the 6-foot-3 point guard collected 19 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals. He connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts and 8-of-9 free throws in amassing his highest point total since the league opener against Arizona State on Jan. 3.
More on Mustafa: With six assists on Thursday, Arizona’s record improved to 22-4 in games when Mustafa Shakur passes out five or more assists. Interestingly, since opening the season with seven consecutive games with six or more assists, Shakur has only reached that figure twice in the 13 games since: Jan. 6 at California (7) and Thursday against Washington.
Strangeways, Here We Come: One disappointing statistic in Thursday’s win was the fact that Washington outrebounded Arizona, 38-29, which marked the seventh time the Cats have lost the battle of the glass this year. However, that hasn’t been a death knell for the Cats as the team is 5-2 when that happens. Furthermore, UA has been outrebounded in all four Pac-10 home games and is a spotless 4-0 in those games.
A Battle Of Wills: As mentioned earlier, Saturday’s game is a contrast of styles. Entering the week, Washington State ranked third nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 54.6 points per game and has allowed 70 or more points just twice this season. That could be an interesting change of pace to an Arizona offense that is averaging 78.2 points per game (83.8 ppg in the Pac-10). Fortunately, UA has proven the ability to win low scoring games, as it is 4-2 when scoring less than 70 points.
Elite Company: With 25 points on Thursday, Salim Stoudamire continued on a torrid pace that has seen him average 26.0 points per game over his last five games. He joins an elite group of seven Wildcats who have managed to score 129 or more points in a five-game span in the Lute Olson era. He also joins his cousin, Damon, as the only players to do it more than once. Below are the 10 highest five-game point totals since the 1983-84 season.
153 points ?- Damon Stoudamire, Feb. 19-March 4, 1995, 30.6 ppg
137 points ?- Khalid Reeves, March 18-April 2, 1994, 27.4 ppg
137 points ?- Damon Stoudamire, Jan. 14-28, 1995, 27.4 ppg
134 points ?- Sean Elliott, Jan. 19-Feb. 2, 1989, 26.8 ppg
131 points ?- Jason Gardner, Nov. 8-Dec. 4, 2001, 26.2 ppg
130 points ?- Salim Stoudamire, Jan. 13-27, 2005, 26.0 ppg
129 points ?- Damon Stoudamire, Jan. 7-21, 1995, 25.8 ppg
129 points ?- Michael Dickerson, Nov. 22-Dec. 9, 1996, 25.8 ppg
129 points ?- Jason Terry, Jan. 28-Feb. 10, 1999, 25.8 ppg
129 points ?- Salim Stoudamire, Feb. 7-21, 2004, 25.8 ppg
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 12-1 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 13 of 20 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 132-16 (.892) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 8-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School; and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following today’s game, Arizona remains at home for a pair of games next week. The Wildcats host California on Thursday, Feb. 3, with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MST on FSN Arizona; and Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 5, with an 11 a.m. MST tip scheduled for CBS-TV.