Game 14: No. 21
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006
Time: Noon MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
ONLINE: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center production of the game with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hanson calling the action immediately following its conclusion (approximately 2 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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Game Data: Twenty-first-ranked Arizona (9-4, 2-1 Pac-10) returns to action Saturday against USC (11-3, 2-1 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats look to get back on the winning side of the ledger after Thursday’s six-point loss to UCLA snapped its seven-game win streak ... Over the last five seasons, Arizona is 23-7 (.767) in games immediately following losses and had only lost consecutive games six times ... UA opponents average 15.8 more points per game (76.8-61.0) in its four wins this season.
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 750-260 (.742) and 558-168 (.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 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 (307) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.777/307-88) 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 327-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out: Arron Afflalo scored a game-high 22 points and led a Bruin charge that kept the Wildcats at bay all evening in Thursday’s 85-79 UCLA win. Afflalo scored 14 points in the second half, including several key buckets, that enabled UCLA to hold the lead for the game’s final 21 minutes. UA’s Hassan Adams and Marcus Williams combined for 40 points, but UCLA extinguished a late charge by hitting all eight free throws in the final 1:23.
Scouting USC: The Trojans carry an 11-3 record (2-1 Pac-10) into today’s game following Thursday’s 66-65 win at
The Series: Today’s game is the 86th meeting of the two schools with
Something’s Gotta Give: A pair of interesting streaks will be put on the line today as Arizona enters the game having not lost consecutive conference games at home since 1983-84 ?- Olson’s first season in Tucson. The last time that happened was Jan. 7-14, 1984, when the Cats lost to UCLA,
Is It Too Late for Brunch?: Today’s noon start time marks
A Rarity: The Wildcats allowed UCLA to shoot better than 60 percent from the floor (31-of-51/.608) in Thursday’s loss, marking the highest opponent field goal percentage of the season. Incidentally, UCLA was also the last UA opponent to shoot 60 percent from the field, when it connected on 66.0 percent (33-of-50) of its field goal attempts in a 107-83 UA win in
Numbers Don’t Lie: Perhaps the defense wasn’t spectacular at either end of the court on Thursday (see above) as the Wildcats connected on a season-best .522 (31-of-59) field goal percentage. It marked only the third time the Cats has shot better than 50 percent from the floor and was the team’s first loss when doing so. Additionally,
Coming Around: After suffering through a slump that saw him shoot 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field and average 5.0 points per game over a five-game period from Dec. 10-29, junior Ivan Radenovic seems to be finding the range again. In his last two games, the 6-foot-10 forward has connected on 55.6 percent (10-of-18) of his field goal attempts and is averaging 14.5 points per game. In that same time frame, his rebounding has increased from 4.4 rebounds per game to 6.5. On the season, Radenovic is averaging 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Good Starts Are Helpful: It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that a good start can lead to a victory. In each of
Topping 20: Through 13 games, Hassan Adams is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in each game. Additionally, the 6-foot-4 senior has scored 20 or more points in nine of those 13 games and is averaging a Pac-10-leading 20.8 points per game. Entering the season,
Constant: One thing that has remained constant for the Cats is the team’s ability to force turnovers. UA entered the week ranked fourth nationally by forcing an average of 22.4 turnovers per game and managed to force UCLA into 23. Nine times this season
Five In: Take a look at the 2005-06
Off the Bench: Three games ago, Lute Olson made a change in the starting lineup that moved center Kirk Walters to a reserve role. The 6-foot-10 junior didn’t hang his head. In fact, he increased his productivity. In the three games since, Walters is averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the field. His point and rebound totals are 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds better than his season averages entering the
Prince of Thieves: Senior Chris Rodgers collected a game-high five steals on Thursday, which marked the seventh time this season that the
Climbing Higher: On the strength of 6-of-7 free throw shooting Thursday night, freshman Marcus Williams scored a season-high 19 points. The 6-foot-7 freshman from
Move the Ball: Led by Hassan Adams’ season-high six assists on Thursday,
Off Target: It’s certainly no secret that
From the Line: Thursday’s game saw
Moving Up: Hassan Adams is close to moving into the top 10 yet another career statistical category, as he is seven attempts shy of 10th place on the UA career FG attempts list. Entering the game,
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 146-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-5 run over 7:57 at
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
38-27 run over 13:52 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Chase Budinger (F, 6-7, 190) from
Up Next: Following today’s contest,