Feb. 1, 2002
Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 Time: 5 p.m. PST Location: Maples Pavilion (7,391), Palo Alto, Calif. Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen) TV: FSN
GAME DATA: No. 19 Arizona (14-6, 7-3 Pac-10) plays its second ranked team in the last three games and 10th of the season Saturday at No. 18 Stanford (13-5, 6-3 Pac-10) ... Arizona is 5-2 on the Bay Area road trip over the past three seasons ... The Wildcats 68-point output on Thursday was 30 points less than its previous outing, but still good enough for the win ... A win vs. the Cardinal would be Arizona's second consecutive Pac-10 road sweep and the Cats' third straight win at Maples Pavilion ... In the Lute Olson era, Arizona has a 111-57 (.661) record in conference road games, a league best.
THE RANKINGS: After two games last week, Arizona fell to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Cats were unranked in both preseason polls. Arizona has been ranked in 247 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH LUTE OLSON . . . is in his 19th season at Arizona and his 29th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 653-231 (.739) and 461-139 (.768) at Arizona ... He recorded his 600th career win and his 400th victory at Arizona during the 2000 campaign and has the fourth most Pac-10 wins (257) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75), Oregon State's Slats Gill (276, 1929-64) and Washington's 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 19-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 nine Pac-10 Conference titles and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 17 years in a row, which is the 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 six times (1986, '88, '89, '93, '94, '98), 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 14 years (377-87/.813) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 35 NBA Draft picks, including 20 at Arizona - 15 alone since 1990 ... A Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame finalist in each of the last two years, Olson has led UA to 14 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 23 overall in his career, making him one of only seven head coaches in NCAA history to record 23 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 276-28 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 204 of its last 217 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Jay John ...Olson is 28-10 vs. Stanford, including a 10-8 mark at Maples Pavilion.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona shot 65.0 percent from the field in the second half to come from behind and defeat California, 68-58, Thursday night in Berkeley. The Cats connected on 13-of-20 shots after the half and overcame a five-point deficit with 16 minutes remaining. Led by Jason Gardner, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, Arizona used a 24-9 run over 7:29 to take control of the contest. Rick Anderson (16 points/13 rebounds) and Luke Walton (13 points/11 rebounds) each collected double-doubles as Arizona outrebounded Cal, 37-29.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal (13-5, 6-3 Pac-10) enters play on Saturday having won four of its last five games, including Thursday's 90-81 win over Arizona State. Junior guard Casey Jacobsen connected on 14-of-22 shots from the floor and torched the Sun Devils for 49 points, the highest single-game total in the nation this season. Entering the week, the Cardinal was averaging 81.3 points per game, while posting a +9.4 rebound margin. Individually, Jacobsen leads the club with a 21.4 points per game average, a figure that leads the Pacific-10 Conference.
THE SERIES: Tonight's game marks the 61st meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 40-20 series advantage. Arizona has won six of the last eight in the series, which dates back to Dec. 20, 1937, including a 76-75 decision last season in Palo Alto on March 8. All-time, Arizona is 24-4 in series games played in Tucson, 13-14 in Palo Alto, and 3-2 in neutral-site games. See page 87 in the UA media guide for more series information.
LAST MEETING: Arizona 76, Stanford 75, March 8, 2001. Michael Wright's bucket in the lane with three seconds remaining gave Arizona a one-point win over top-ranked Stanford. The Cats tralied 75-71 with 1:28 to go, but scored the game's final five points to earn the win. A Gilbert Arenas jumper and a Jason Gardner free throw cut the lead to one before Wright's heroics. Both team's shot 49 percent from the floor in the tightly-contested game, but it was UA's 36-27 rebound and 18-12 free throw advantages that made the difference.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: Not one, but two, Arizona players collected double-doubles in Thursday's win at California, as Rick Anderson and Luke Walton each turned the trick. Anderson totaled 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year, while Walton posted 13 points and 11 boards for double-double No. 6. All told, Arizona players have tallied 13 double-doubles this season.
ON THE GLASS: On the strength of Anderson and Walton's combined 24 boards, Arizona outrebounded California, 37-29. On the year, the Cats are 9-1 when outrebounding the opposition. Incidentally, Arizona has outrebounded its last two opponents after being outboarded in each of the previous five outings.
MR. SECOND HALF: Not only did Jason Gardner tally 15 of his 17 points in the second half (4-of-6 FGs), but the junior guard was also as good on the boards. All six of Gardner's rebounds (his second-highest total of the year) came in the second half.
PASSING THE TEST: In the seven games since returning from his right Achilles' tendon strain, Luke Walton has averaged 7.4 assists per game. He collected a game-high six helpers on Thursday and has collected five or more assists in a game 11 times this season. Walton leads the Pac-10 Conference with a 6.1 assists per game average. When is the last time a forward accomplished that feat? Never.
WELCOME BACK: After totaling 14 points and eight rebounds in the two previous games, junior forward Rick Anderson rebounded with 16 points and 13 boards. The Long Beach, Calif., native hit 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 2-of-2 from three-point range. Of his career-best 13 rebounds, 10 were defensive rebounds, a team high this season.
NICE TOUCH: Freshman Channing Frye has proven to be one of the Pac-10's best all-around shooters. The UA team leader in field goal percentage, Frye is 32-of-42 (.762) from the field in his last seven games. He ranks second in the league with a .622 (74-of-119) field goal percentage, and improves to .688 (44-of-64) in Pac-10 play (league leader). Not to be outdone at the line, the 6-foot-10 Frye ranks 10th in the league with an .814 (48-of-59) free throw percentage.
MOVING UP: Jason Gardner enters play today with 1,241 career points, which places him 19th on the all-time UA scoring list. Just ahead of the guard from Indianapolis is Linc Richmond, who tallied 1,246 points from 1943-49. Incidentally, Gardner has 63 double-figure scoring games in his 90-game career.
TURNING IT OVER: One statistic that has not been kind to the Wildcats of late has been the turnover. The Wildcats collected 21 miscues in Thursday's win to bring the team's T.O. total to 59 in the last three games. Interestingly, Arizona has won two of three games this season in which it has tallied 20 or more turnovers.
SHOOTING STRAIGHT: Bolstered by 65.0 percent marksmanship (13-of-20) in the second half at California, Arizona shot 50 percent or better from the field for the sixth time this season. UA's second half shooting Thursday was it's highest shooting percentage of any half this year
SCORING 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 53-6 (.898) since the start of the 1998-99 season when scoring at least 80 points. Last year, the Cats were a spotless 17-0 when scoring at least 80 points, and are 8-3 this year.
TOP-10 LIST: Jason Gardner continues to move himself up various career top-10 lists. In addition to being the career leader in minutes per game (35.1), he also ranks second in career three-point field goals (212), second in three-point FG attempts (574), and eighth in steals (151). Gardner and Damon Stoudamire are the only UA players with 200 or more career three-point field goals.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Arizona held the Golden Bears to just .386 (22-of-57) shooting in Thursday's win, marking just the seventh time this season that UA held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. The low FG percentage also led to just 58 California points for the game, including 27 in the second half, which were both UA opponent lows this season.
FOR THREE: Salim Stoudamire has proven to be quite the long-range marksman. On the year, he is shooting .426 (43-of-101) from behind the arc and has made 30-of-62 (.484) of his long-range attempts in his last 11 games. Now that he has more than 100 three-point FG attempts, Stoudamire now qualifies for UA's career three-point FG percentage list (100 att.) and ranks third on the list with his .426 percentage.
COMEBACKS: Thursday's win at Cal in which the team trailed at the half marked the team's fourth second-half comeback victory of the season. Arizona is 4-6 this season when trailing at the half and 8-0 when it leads.
CLOSE CALLS: Arizona is 6-3 this season against ranked opponents. The Cats are also 10-3 this season in contests decided by 10 points or less.
COOLING OFF: After scoring 90 or more points in five of its last seven games prior to Thursday, Arizona could muster only 68 points, the second-lowest output this season. Over the last three seasons, Arizona is 10-8 when scoring less than 70 points.
GOOD STARTS: It's no secret that Arizona has struggled offensively in the first half of each of its six losses this season. The squad has trailed by at least four points at the break in each of those games. The interesting thing about those games is that you usually don't have to wait that long. This season Arizona is 10-0 when tied or leading 10 minutes into the first half and 4-6 when trailing.
AT THE LINE: True to form, Arizona managed to hold a 16-9 scoring advantage from the free throw line, but it took 31 attempts for the Wildcats to accomplish the feat. In a rare break of form, Arizona shot just .516 (16-of-31) from the line and actually missed more charity attempts than the Golden Bears attempted (12). It certainly is uncommon to see an Arizona team shoot better from the field (.548) than it did from the line (.516).
FRONTLINE HELP: The Wildcats' frontline put its best foot forward Thursday night, as the group combined to shoot .636 (14-of-22) from the floor. The UA guards went just 9-of-20 from the floor.
WITH MORE REGULARITY: One hundred point games have shown up with more regularity this season, and the alarming part is that UA opponents are turning the trick. Connecticut's 100-point output a week ago marked the third time this season that Arizona has given up 100 points or more. Prior to this season, Arizona had allowed an opponent to score 100 points just three times in the previous 18 seasons. Opponents are averaging 80.1 points per game, the highest scoring average since 1976-77.
EARLY SIGNEES: Coach Olson and his staff signed two student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November Early Signing Period. Hassan Adams (G, 6-4, 205) from Los Angeles, Calif., Westchester High School and Chris Rodgers (G, 6-4, 190) from Portland, Ore., Woodrow Wilson High School will join the squad next fall.
UP NEXT: Following this evening's game, Arizona returns home to take on Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. MST and will be televised on Fox Sports Net Arizona.