Game 6: No. 24
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Game Data: No. 24 Arizona (2-3, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to McKale Center to take on intrastate foe Northern Arizona (4-3, 0-0 Big Sky) ... Tonight’s appearance marks the Lumberjacks’ third Tucson appearance in the last four seasons ... The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 Conference with a +8.8 turnover margin ... Beginning tonight, Arizona will be at home for six of its next nine games.
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 743-259 (.742) and 551-167 (.767) 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: In a game that had as many ups and downs as a roller coaster, ultimately it was
Scouting Northern Arizona: Pending Tuesday’s game vs.
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the 115th meeting of the two schools with
Against the Big Sky Conference: The Wildcats are 96-32 (.750) all-time vs. Big Sky Conference foes. Other than NAU,
Forward March: Ivan Radenovic tallied season-high totals of 12 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s loss at
Sluggish: Saturday’s loss dropped
OFF THE MARK: The Wildcats continue to struggle with its field goal percentage through five games, as the squad has connected on 38.9 percent (124-of-319) of its field goal attempts. Saturday against
ON THE GLASS: On the strength of 25 offensive rebounds,
UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES: A field goal percentage of 34.9 percent will lead to a lot of rebounds on the offensive end, and the Wildcats did a nice job of collecting them at Houston, as 25 of UA’s 52 boards were of the offensive variety. When looking at the numbers,
TOUGH DEFENSE: Arizona’s defense continues to do a solid job this season, as the club held Houston to 69 points on Saturday, a figure that was 23 points less than its season average entering the game (92.0 ppg). On the year, UA opponents are averaging 64.4 points per game and shooting 43.8 percent from the floor.
LEADING THE WAY: Senior guard Hassan Adams equaled a season high with 21 points Saturday at
Playing Positively: Freshman guard J.P. Prince put forth a solid effort in Saturday’s game, as he totaled four points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in 26 minutes played. Each of those tallies were season highs for the 6-foot-6 native of
Doubling Up: As mentioned earlier, Ivan Radenovic posted his fifth career double-double with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It was also
Stepping Up: After shooting 60.6 percent (57-of-94) from the free throw line through its first four games, the Wildcats did step at
Making Adjustments: Freshman Marcus Williams grabbed a season-high six rebounds at
In the Middle: Freshman Mohamed Tangara showed some of the relentlessness Saturday that should make him a productive player. In 14 minutes of action, the 6-foot-9 forward scored four points, grabbed three rebounds (two offensive) and added a blocked shot. Tangara is shooting 50 percent (4-of-8) from the floor in an average of 8.1 minutes per contest.
Juggling: Through five games,
Unassuming: Mustafa Shakur tallied 12 points and five rebounds in Saturday’s game, bolstered by 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. The 6-foot-3 junior from
Finding Positives: Despite the fact that
29-1 run over 10:43 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.
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.
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
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 tonight’s game,