Game 24: No. 24
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: ABC (Brent Musberger/Steve Lavin)
Game Data: No. 24 Arizona (16-7, 7-5 Pac-10) closes the current two-game road trip Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Ore., against No. 13 Oregon (20-4, 8-4 Pac-10) at McArthur Court ... Arizona looks for its first road sweep of the 2006-07 Pac-10 campaign ... During the Lute Olson era, Arizona has a Pac-10-best 138-74 (.651) record in conference road games ... The last four UA-UO games at Mac Court have been decided by an average of 8.75 points ... While sporting high-scoring reputations, Arizona and Oregon have scored 80 or more points just one time in its last 10 games combined.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and out of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each AP poll to date this season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 777-276 (.738) and 585-184 (.761) 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 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (323) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.765/323-99) 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 24-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 22 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 second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 344-38 (.901) in
Last Time Out: Marcus Williams scored 23 points and Jordan Hill chipped in with a double-double (12 pts./11 reb.) as
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks (20-4, 8-4 Pac-10) enter today’s game with a 2-3 record in its last five games following Thursday’s 55-51 win over Arizona State. As a team, UO averages 77.5 points per game, shoots 44.4 percent (632-of-1,422) from the field and posts a +4.2 per game rebound margin. Defensively,
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 59th meeting of the two schools with
With a Ranking Attached: With Saturday’s game at No. 13 Oregon looming, it marks the sixth consecutive week in which
Another in a long line: Saturday afternoon games seem to have become the norm for the Wildcats. In the six previous weeks since the Pac-10 schedule began Dec. 28-30,
Just When You Thought It was Safe: Following last Saturday’s win over
A Statistical Oddity: The Wildcats were outshot by
A Leading Indicator: It took an 8-0 burst over the last four minutes of the first half Thursday to do so, but that run gave
Yet Again: Led by Jordan Hill’s career-best 11 rebounds,
Staying Close: Bolstered by a 25-6 scoring advantage from the free throw line,
Steal Away: Senior Mustafa Shakur took the defense into his own hands on Thursday, equaling a career high with six steals. The last time the 6-foot-3 guard from
Moving Up: Mustafa Shakur also passed out seven assists in Thursday’s win, which boosted his career total to 625. That figure places him third on the UA career assist list, currently behind Damon Stoudamire’s (1992-95) 663 assists. At his current pace of 7.4 assists per game, Shakur will finish his career with the most assists in the Lute Olson era.
Worth Noting: Ivan Radenovic knocked down 13-of-16 free throws en route to 19 points on Thursday. That was the most made free throws in a single game by a UA player since Salim Stoudamire made 13-of-15 FTs at Oregon on Feb. 19, 2005. Incidentally, Radenovic’s 16 charity attempts were the most by a Wildcat since Michael Wright attempted 18 (made 14) vs. USC on March 4, 1999. On the season, Radenovic is shooting 119-of-135 (.881) from the free throw line.
Topping 20: Sophomore Marcus Williams efficiently made his way to 23 points Thursday, as the Seattle product connected on 8-of-12 field goals, including all three three-point attempts, and 4-of-5 free throws. It was the team-leading 10th 20-point game of the season for the 6-foot-7 Williams, but was his highest offensive output since scoring 34 points vs.
Double Your Pleasure: As mentioned earlier, Jordan Hill registered his second double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds Thursday against
At the Line: Aided by an effort that saw Ivan Radenovic (13-of-16) more than double that of Oregon State as a team (6-of-8), Arizona outscored OSU, 25-6, from the free throw line. It marked the 14th time this season that UA has posted a +12 or better scoring advantage from the free throw line this season. On the year,
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 161-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
25-8 run over 9:01 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following today’s game, UA heads back to