Game 19: Arizona (12-6, 5-3) at Arizona State (7-10, 1-7)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Location: Ned Wulk Court, Wells Fargo Arena (14,141), Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Trey Bender/Tim Kempton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: Arizona (12-6, 5-3 Pac-10) closes out the first half of the Pac-10 schedule with a trip up Interstate 10 to face intrastate rival Arizona State (7-10, 1-7 Pac-10) Wednesday in Wells Fargo Arena ... It is the first of four consecutive road games for the Wildcats ... In six true road games this season, Arizona has a 41.9 (165-of-394) field goal percentage, while opponents shoot at a 47.2 percent (149-of-316) clip, though the Cats to own a +5.0 scoring and +3.3 rebound margin in those contests ... UA is 3-0 when scoring 70 or more points on the road this season, 0-3 when it doesn’t.
The Rankings: For the second consecutive week, Arizona remained unranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cats saw its string of 312 consecutive regular-season AP poll appearances end on Dec. 19.
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 753-262 (.742) and 561-170 (.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 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 (310) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.775/310-90) 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 329-34 (.906) in McKale Center and have won 257 of its last 275 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 39-7 against Arizona State.
Last Time Out: Arizona parlayed a 47-30 rebound margin into a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points as the Wildcats posted a hard-fought, 60-55 win Saturday in Tucson. UA offset 33.3 percent shooting with 21 offensive rebounds and managed to hold the lead for the final 26:46. Arizona clinched the game by hitting 10-of-14 free throws over the final 5:23. Hassan Adams led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Ivan Radenovic added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils enter tonight’s game with a 7-10 record (1-7 Pac-10) following Saturday’s 70-64 loss to Stanford. As a team, ASU shoots 43.1 percent from the field (394-of-915), including 37.9 percent (86-of-277) from three-point range, while averaging 66.7 points per game. Opponents shoot at a 43.4 percent clip and are averaging 68.0 points per game. Two ASU players average in double figures, led by Kevin Kruger’s 14.4 ppg mark.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 208th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 134-73 series advantage. UA has won 20 of the last 21 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1914, including the last meeting, 70-68, in Tempe on March 5, 2005. Arizona has won nine of the last 10 games over ASU in Tempe. All-time, Arizona is 75-25 in series games played in Tucson, 58-48 in Tempe, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 100 in the UA media guide for more series information.
Last Meeting: Arizona 70, Arizona State 68, March 5, 2005: Salim Stoudamire’s 14-foot jumper with six-tenths of a second remaining gave Arizona the two-point win and clinched the Pac-10 Championship. It proved to be a very entertaining game, featuring multiple scoring runs by both teams and three ties and six lead changes in the last four minutes. Four Wildcats finished in double figures, led by Stoudamire’s 22, and UA limited ASU to just 35.5 percent shooting in the second half.
Steppin’ Out: In leading Arizona to a weekend sweep, Ivan Radenovic averaged 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He connected on 75.0 percent of his free throw attempts (12-of-16), and added two assists and a block in the effort. He opened the week with 18 points (5-of-12 FGs), eight boards (six offensive) and a career-high five steals vs. Stanford, and followed that up with 10 points (2-of-7 FGs), nine rebounds (six offensive), and an assist Saturday against California. He equaled a career high with six made free throws in both games this week. On the season, Radenovic is averaging 9.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 36.5 percent from the field.
Not Quite Polar, but Different Enough: The Wildcats finished at opposite ends of the scoring spectrum in its two wins last week, as the team scored 90 points in Thursday’s overtime win over Stanford and only 60 in Saturday’s win over California. This season, Arizona is 5-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 7-6 when scoring less than 80 points. Incidentally, the 60 points scored in Saturday’s game were the fewest the Wildcats have scored in a home conference win since Jan. 19, 1985, when Arizona beat UCLA, 53-52. That’s a span of 191 Pac-10 home games.
Board Certified: Arizona posted a 47-30 rebound advantage in Saturday’s win over California, which was the team’s third-largest rebound margin of the season. The effort led to a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points vs. the Golden Bears. It also marked the first time in four games and just the third time in eight Pac-10 games that Arizona outrebounded the opposition.
Work on the Glass Helps: Rebounding has been problematic for the Wildcats all season long, as the club has a -0.2 rebound margin through 18 games. The last time an Arizona team was outrebounded for an entire season was 1985-86, when that tam was out-boarded, 32.0-31.8. All told, Arizona is 6-1 this season when outrebounding the opposition and 6-5 when not.
Closing Fast: Hassan Adams enters the week 33 points shy of moving into sole possession of 10th place on Arizona’s career scoring list. Currently, Miles Simon (1994-98) occupies the 10th position with 1,664 points. In his 117-game career, Adams has scored 1,632 points (13.9 ppg).
Hold ?'Em Down: In Arizona’s 60-55 decision over California, the Wildcats were able to win despite shooting 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field. UA held California to just 22 first-half points, which was the second-lowest, first-half total for an opponent this season. It also marked the sixth time this season that Arizona has held an opponent to 55 points or less.
Even It Up: Saturday’s win evened Arizona’s record to 3-3 this season in games decided by five points or less, including a 2-1 record in Pac-10 play.
A Seattle Slew: Freshman Marcus Williams continues to shine, and Saturday he did so without his shooting touch. On a day where he hit just 3-of-13 field goal attempts, the 6-foot-7 forward from Seattle grabbed a career-best and UA season-high 11 rebounds to go with two assists and a steal. He joins Ivan Radenovic (2) as the only two Wildcats to post double-figure rebound games this season Additionally, Williams’ eight defensive rebounds were a UA season high. Over his last 10 games, Williams is averaging 13.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 56.7 percent (55-of-97) from the floor.
Make Room: With a pair of roster losses this week, Arizona brought freshman Fendi Onobun out of redshirt status. Onobun, a 6-foot-6, 239-pound forward made his debut after sitting out the first 16 games on Jan. 19 vs. Stanford. In a combined 23 minutes in the two games, Onobun scored 12 total points and grabbed three rebounds. He connected on 6-of-8 field goal attempts.
A Donut No Longer: As further proof that everyone on the roster has stepped up with recent changes, Arizona’s triumvirate of centers had one of its most productive weeks of the season. The trio of Kirk Walters, Isaiah Fox and Mohamed Tangara combined for 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 15 rebounds and a pair of steals in 81 total minutes last week. For the season, those three combine to average 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds, while 46.9 percent (53-of-113) from the field.
Extra Possessions: Speaking of Ivan Radenovic, 12 of his 15 rebounds last week were of the offensive variety. That echoes an improving effort on the glass for the 6-foot-10 forward that has seen him average 9.0 rebounds over his last six games. This current stretch has propelled him into the team with 110 total rebounds. He shares the team lead of 48 offensive rebounds with Hassan Adams and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with his 6.5 rpg average.
Point Production: Junior point guard Mustafa Shakur has been a more productive player in his last 10 games. In that span, the 6-foot-3 Philadelphia product is averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, each of which is above his season averages. In addition, Shakur is shooting 83.8 percent (31-of-37) from the free throw line and has seen his assist:turnover ratio rise to 1.83 over the last 10 games.
Forcing the Action: Arizona continues to do a nice job of forcing turnovers this season, as the opposition is averaging 21.6 turnovers per game. That defensive effort helps the Wildcats lead the league with a +8.00 turnover margin. Through 18 games, Arizona has forced the opposition into more turnovers than it commits 17 times, including 11 games with 20 or more turnovers.
Long Range Hopes: If statistics mean anything, don’t count on a lot of activity from behind the arc by either team, as UA and ASU are tied for eighth place with an average of 5.06 three-point field goals made per game. That figure actually drops to 4.75 for both clubs in Pac-10 games only. UA’s three-point performance has run the gamut this season ?- from a high of 11 made on Dec. 19 to a low of zero on Dec. 10.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 147-18 (.891) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. Arizona is 5-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity:
29-1 run over 10:43 vs. Virginia, Nov. 27 (UVa went 0-of-12 with seven turnovers during the run)
33-15 run over 10:26 vs. Sam Houston State, Dec. 19 (UA 13-of-20 in run)
22-6 run over 8:19 at Oregon State, Jan. 12 (Seven TO and just 7 OSU FG attempts in run)
21-6 run over 7:12 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 23 (no MSU field goals in last 5:44 of regulation)
20-4 run over 9:10 vs. Kansas, Nov. 21 (KU hits 3-of-first-12 FG attempts with nine TO)
21-5 run over 7:57 at Houston, Dec. 3 (two UH FGs in last eight minutes of first half)
21-9 run over 12:23 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 22 (UA hits 7-of-11 FG in run)
25-11 run over 9:27 vs. USC, Jan. 7 (USC 4-of-13 FG, eight turnovers during run)
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
38-27 run over 13:52 at Washington, Dec. 31 (UA makes 10-of-first-14 FG to ignite 2nd half 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 Carlsbad, Calif., LaCosta High School; Jordan Hill (F, 6-8, 210) from Atlanta, Ga., The Patterson (N.C.) School; and Nic Wise (G, 5-10, 180) from Kingwood, Texas., Kingwood High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following tonight’s game, Arizona steps out of conference and travels more than 1,800 miles to take on North Carolina. The contest, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, will tip-off at 1 p.m. EST and be televised nationally by CBS-TV.