Game 14: No. 7
Date: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Cara Capuano/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 7 Arizona (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10) plays the back end of the State of Washington road swing Saturday night in Pullman against Washington State (13-2, 2-1 Pac-10) ... It marks just the third time in the last seven seasons that Arizona will close this road swing in Pullman ... In the last four meetings in Pullman, Arizona’s average margin of victory is 6.3 points per game ... WSU is a spotless 7-0 at home this season ... In 15 games this season, Washington State has scored more than 80 points only once, while Arizona has scored less than 80 points just three times in 13 games.
The Rankings: Following a pair of victories last week
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 773-270 (.741) and 581-178 (.765) 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 750th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2005, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (319) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.772/319-94) 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 24-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 22 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 second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 341-35 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting Washington state: The Cougars (13-2, 2-1 Pac-10) enter tonight’s game riding a two-game win streak after Thursday’s 75-55 home win over Arizona State. As a team,
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 60th meeting of the two schools with
Streaking: UA’s current 12-game win streak equals the longest streak of the last nine seasons. The last
Knock ?'Em Down: Arizona shot a season-best 65.3 percent from the field (32-of-49) in Thursday’s win at Washington, which marked the team’s third consecutive game of shooting better than 60 percent from the field. It was also the eighth time this season that the Cats had shot better than 50 percent in 13 starts in 2006-07. On the season,
Strong to the Finish: In claiming Thursday’s nine-point win,
Where’s the “D”: In a game where the teams combined to shoot 58.6 percent (68-of-116), one could assume that the defense was lacking. But there was a time Thursday where it looked more like a pick-up game than something as organized as an NCAA Division I basketball game. During one stretch of the second half,
Just Like Home: During Pac-10 play,
Double-Doubles: Mustafa Shakur collected his second double-double of the season (fourth career) with 21 points and 11 assists Thursday at
More on Mustafa: The 6-foot-3 senior point guard from
Determining Factor: Look no further than the free throw line for an indication of success, as the Wildcats have made 113 more free throws than opponents have attempted this season. But here is something a little more interesting. Over the last 11 games, UA has outscored the opposition by a 208-53 margin from the stripe ?- or an average of 18.9-4.8 points per game. In that span, opponents have attempted at least 10 free throws only three times, while
Pressing Forward: Statistically, no one has enjoyed the move to conference play more than sophomore Marcus Williams. Through three games, the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 22.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He has also connected on 77.8 percent (28-of-36) of his field goal attempts. Thursday at
Stabilizing Force: Junior Jawann McClellan proved his mettle in Thursday’s win by equaling career bests of 22 points and four assists in 39 minutes. The 6-foot-4 guard from
With a Flourish: Freshman Chase Budinger answered the call in his first conference road game by posting a team-high 23 points, two assists and a season-best four steals at
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 159-19 (.893) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Once tonight’s game is in the books,