Game 27: No. 10 Arizona (22-4, 12-2) vs. Oregon State (14-10, 6-7)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005
Time: 2:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday. ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Postgame Video Highlights (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (22-4, 12-2 Pac-10) closes the home portion of the 2004-05 schedule Sunday against Oregon State (14-10, 6-7 Pac-10) ... Arizona is shooting 49.7 percent from the floor in 14 conference games this season and posts a +10.3 scoring margin against league foes ... In its last five games, Arizona is averaging 90.0 points per game ... Today is the final home game for Matt Brase, Channing Frye, Salim Stoudamire and senior manager Joe Williams.
The Rankings: After a pair of wins last week, Arizona rose to No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 299 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 733-253 (.743) and 541-161 (.771) 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 second-most Pac-10 wins (302) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/302-86) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (449-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 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 321-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 249 of its last 266 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 38-7 against Oregon State.
Last Time Out: Arizona shot 70 percent from the field in the second half and turned a close game into a rout in Thursday’s 92-67 win over Oregon. The Cats hit 21-of-30 shots in the second half in building as much as a 29-point lead. A 25-10 run over 8:24 put this game out of reach. Channing Frye notched 19 points and a career-high seven blocks, while Chris Rodgers added a career-best nine assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes.
Scouting Oregon State: The Beavers enter Sunday’s game with a 14-10 record (6-7 Pac-10) after a 75-73 loss Thursday at Arizona State. OSU shoots 44.0 percent from the field (595-of-1351), posts a -2.8 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 0.4 points per game. Individually, three Beavers average in double figures, led by David Lucas, who averages 18.2 points per game. He also leads the team by averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.
The Series: Sunday’s game marks the 58th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 41-16 series advantage. UA has won eight of the last nine meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, including the last get-together, a 92-83 UA win in Corvallis on Jan. 22. All-time, Arizona is 23-5 in series games played in Tucson, 17-11 in Corvallis, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 104 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 92, Oregon State 83, Jan. 22, 2005: Arizona fought back from a 15-point first half deficit and used some hot shooting in the second to earn the victory and its first conference road sweep in over a year. The UA bench keyed a 21-6 run late in the first half to tie the game then used 64.3 percent shooting in the second, including a stretch where the Cats made nine consecutive field goals. Salim Stoudamire led a balanced attack with a game-high 25 points, while Hassan Adams added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Senior Salute: Sunday’s game marks the final McKale Center appearance for a quartet of Wildcat seniors: players Matt Brase, Channing Frye, Salim Stoudamire, and senior manager Joe Williams (Pasadena, Calif.). Frye, Stoudamire and Williams have been with the program for four years, while Brase officially joined the roster in 2003-04, though his family ties obviously run deeper. During Frye’s and Stoudamire’s four-year career, the Wildcats have a 94-28 (.770) overall record with a Pac-10 regular season and postseason tournament championship to its credit.
On A Roll: The Wildcat field goal percentage continues to rise as UA has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of its last five games and seven of the last eight. In that span, UA has shot 53.3 percent (250-of-469) from the field. On the year, Arizona is 11-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Additionally, the improved shooting has raised the Wildcat field goal percentage to 46.2 percent (748-of-1619) in 2004-05.
A Tale of Two Halves: After coming out an clanking more than a few shots en route to 36.8 percent shooting (14-of-38) in the first half vs. Oregon, Arizona bounced back nicely by posting a 70.0 (21-of-30) field goal percentage in the second half, which was the team’s best-shooting half of the season. Incidentally, UA’s first half shooting woes Thursday snapped a streak of eight consecutive halves with a field goal percentage of 50 percent or better.
300 and Counting: With four three-point field goals Thursday, Salim Stoudamire passed another career milestone: 300 career three-point field goals. The senior guard now has 302 career treys and joins Jason Gardner (318/1999-2003) as only the second Arizona player to accomplish the feat. Counting those Cats, only four players in Pac-10 history (Stevin Smith, ASU, 323/Jason Kapono, UCLA, 317) topped the 300 trey plateau. In his 118-game career, Stoudamire is averaging 2.56 three-point field goals per game.
The Importance of Shooting Well: Despite the fact that Arizona allowed Oregon to shoot 50 percent for the game, the Wildcats managed to keep one streak alive. To date, UA is 15-0 this season when outshooting the opposition, including an 8-0 mark in Pac-10 play.
That Should be a Ritual: Whatever Chris Rodgers did before Thursday’s game should become a part of his normal gameday routine as the junior from Portland, Ore., poured in 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range, handed out a career-high nine assists and collected three steals. Not only did the nine assists equal a UA season high, but it was accomplished in 29 minutes without a turnover. Six times this season Chris Rodgers has played 20 or more minutes and not committed a turnover. He leads the team with a 2.91 assist:turnover ratio.
Block Party: Senior Channing Frye set a new career high Thursday with seven blocked shots against Oregon. It was the highest single-game UA block total since Loren Woods swatted 10 at Washington on Jan. 13, 2001, and equaled the fourth-highest single-game total in Arizona history. Here are the top-10 efforts:
14, Loren Woods, vs. Oregon, Feb. 3, 2000
10, Loren Woods, vs. Washington State, Jan. 13, 2000
10, Loren Woods, at Washington, Jan. 13, 2001
7, Anthony Cook, vs. Texas-El Paso, March 13, 1987
7, Loren Woods, vs. Nebraska, Dec. 18, 1999
7, Loren Woods, vs. New Mexico, Dec. 21, 1999
7, Channing Frye, vs. Oregon, Feb. 17, 2005
6, Larry Demic, vs. Wyoming, Jan. 28, 1978
6, Larry Demic, at Texas-El Paso, Feb. 11, 1978
6, Loren Woods, vs. Eastern Illinois, March 16, 2001
Another top-10 Guy: As a cap to another nice all-around game (17 points, four rebounds, five assists), Hassan Adams collected two steals to move past Matt Othick (1988-92) into 10th place on the Arizona career steals list with 143. Adams, who currently leads the Pac-10 with a 2.15 steals per game average, posts a 1.62 career steals per game average in 88 career appearances.
Denting the Scoreboard: After averaging 74.4 points per game in 12 non-conference games, Arizona has picked up the scoring pace by averaging 84.5 points in 14 Pac-10 games. Prior to league play, Arizona scored 80 or more points in five of those 12 non-conference games and has tallied 80 or more points nine times in conference action, including seven of the last eight games.
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 16-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 18 of 25 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Assists All Around: Arizona passed out 22 assists Thursday, marking the seventh time the team has collected 20 or more in a game this season.
On the Tube: Arizona’s Feb. 26 men’s basketball game at Washington will tip-off at 1 p.m. PST, the Pacific-10 Conference office announced Monday. The contest, which features the league’s two nationally ranked squads, was selected for national broadcast by Fox Sports Net. It marks Arizona’s 16th national television appearance of the season. The Cats could have one more scheduled national television appearance in 2004-05, as the regular season finale, Saturday, March 5, at Arizona State, is a Pac-10 wildcard selection as well. A time and network for that game will be announced no later than 12 days prior to tip-off.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Thirteen times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
24 points ?- 38-14 run over 11:33 vs. Oregon, Feb. 17
21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
19 points ?- 19-0 run over 4:10 at UCLA, Feb. 12
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
18 points ?- 22-4 run over 7:50 vs. California, Feb. 3
17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28
16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30
16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20
16 points ?- 29-13 run over 10:56 vs. Stanford, Feb. 5
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 138-16 (.896) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 14-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School; and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Arizona hits the road for its final three regular season games this season. The road trip begins on Thursday, Feb. 24, when the Wildcats take on Washington State. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.