Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
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 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
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 208th meeting of the two schools with
Steppin’ Out: In leading
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,
Closing Fast: Hassan Adams enters the week 33 points shy of moving into sole possession of 10th place on
Hold ?'Em Down: In
Even It Up: Saturday’s win evened
Make Room: With a pair of roster losses this week,
A Donut No Longer: As further proof that everyone on the roster has stepped up with recent changes,
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
Forcing the Action:
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.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
22-6 run over 8:19 at
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.
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
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,