Date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. PST
Location: Bank of
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Arizona (8-3, 1-0 Pac-10) closes out the calendar year 2005 Saturday at No. 7 Washington (11-0, 1-0 Pac-10) in Seattle ... It’s the first of two scheduled morning tip-offs for Arizona during the Pac-10 season ... After winning four consecutive games at Bank of America Arena/Hec Edmundson Pavilion (2000-03), UA has dropped its last two in the facility.
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 749-259 (.743) and 557-167 (.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 (306) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.779/306-87) 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 327-33 (.908) in
Last Time Out: Hassan Adams scored a game-high 25 points Thursday to lead
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 58th meeting of the two schools with
Elite Company: A win today would give Arizona head coach Lute Olson his 750th coaching victory on the NCAA Division I level, which would make him the 15th coach in NCAA history (covering all levels) to win 750 games. In 33 years as a head coach, Olson has a career record of 749-259 (.743).
It won’t Be Easy: Getting a win on Saturday won’t be easy against nationally-ranked
Quite a Run: Senior guard Hassan Adams has enjoyed a nice run of late, as the Los Angeles native is averaging 23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.2 steals over his last five games. In that span, the 6-foot-4
It’s Consistent, Too: Hassan Adams’ current scoring run hasn’t appeared out of nowhere.
Finding the Right Combination: In Thursday’s win at
Turning them into points: It’s not surprising that a team that collects a lot of steals would (obviously) also force a lot of turnovers. So it would follow that
Not to be Outdone: As mentioned earlier, Hassan Adams is averaging better than 23 points per game over his last five outings. Freshman Marcus Williams comes to
Controlling the Boards: Rebounding could prove to be a key factor on Saturday, as
Offensive Effort: Led by Hassan Adams’ season-high six offensive rebounds (eight total),
Count on it: One constant for the Wildcats in 2005-06 has been the team’s defense.
Another Defensive Note: The Wildcats held
A Spirited Effort: Center Kirk Walters came off the bench to tally nine points and a career-high seven rebounds Thursday at
Strong off the bench: Freshman J.P. Prince registered seven points, four rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes on Thursday. The 6-foot-6 guard from
Taking Over: Hassan Adams put his own stamp on Thursday’s win early in the second half. Less than three minutes into the second stanza, Adams scored 10 straight points for
Fast Starts Help: Getting off to a good start has been key for the Cats, as the team is 6-0 this year when leading at the half. That proves helpful in closing out games, as
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 145-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Finding Positives: 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)
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 game,