Game 5: No. 15
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005
Time: 6 p.m. CST
Location: Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Barnett/Jimmy Dykes)
Game Data: No. 15 Arizona (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10) heads to the “Lone Star State” to take on Houston (2-1, 0-0 C-USA) ... Today’s game marks the Wildcats’ first appearance in Hofheinz Pavilion since Dec. 2, 1995, a 73-69 UA win ... In a combined 64 seasons of collegiate coaching, Lute Olson and Tom Penders have met only twice, both UA wins while Penders was the Texas mentor.
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 743-258 (.742) and 551-166 (.768) 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 (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) 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 323-33 (.907) in
Last Time Out: For the third consecutive game,
The Series: Today’s game marks the eighth meeting of the two schools with
No December Chill: Much has been made of
Off and Running: In four games last week, Chris Rodgers averaged a team-best 15.5 points to go with 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He finished in double figures in all four contests, marking the first time in his
FORCING THE ISSUE: The Wildcats forced
ON THE GLASS: Controlling the boards has been difficult to date for the Wildcats as the club has been outrebounded in each of its first four games. By comparison,
TOUGH DEFENSE: Defense continues to be the UA calling card as it has limited the opposition to just 63.2 points per game. Opponents are shooting 42.2 percent from the field, including 23.7 percent from three-point range against
FINDING THE RANGE:
Not Good: One statistic that hasn’t been up to par this year is the Wildcats’ free throw percentage, which stands at 60.6 percent (57-of-94). By comparison, the Wildcats shot a cumulative 70.2 percent (12,375-of-17,637) from the free throw line in Lute Olson’s first 22 seasons in
Finding Positives: Despite the fact that
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
For Simplicity’s Sake: Perhaps the game is just this simple. When
Board Work: Senior Hassan Adams has certainly stepped up his efforts on the glass recently, as he’s pulled down 18 rebounds over the last two games. The effort raised his rebounds per game average to 6.5. Success on the glass is nothing new for the 6-foot-4 guard has a career average of 5.6 rebounds per game.
Bright Spot: Despite being limited to only 21 minutes due to early foul trouble, junior Mustafa Shakur made his presence felt with 14 points and season-high totals of six rebounds and seven assists. The 6-foot-3 product of
Making the Most of It: Sophomore Bret Brielmaier made his second career start Sunday vs.
Signs of Life: There are signs that the UA offense is beginning to smooth itself out. The Cats have posted a positive assist:turnover ratio in each of the last three games, including a season-best 20:9 ratio against
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 143-18 (.888) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. Sunday’s win over
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
The Next Level: With the 2005-06 National Basketball Association regular season underway, no fewer than 10 former Wildcats are on active NBA rosters. Only one school has more alumni in the league (Duke, 11). Here is the complete list: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards; Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings; Channing Frye, New York Knicks; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzlies; Salim Stoudamire, Atlanta Hawks; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers, and Loren Woods, Toronto Raptors. Incidentally, the Pac-10 ranks third among the NCAA Division I conferences with 38 former players in the NBA, trailing only the Big East (50) and ACC (49).
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