Game 7: No. 24
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005
Time: Noon MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSNA (
Game Data: No. 24 Arizona (2-3, 0-0 Pac-10) plays consecutive home games for the first time this season as the Wildcats host Saint Mary’s (1-2, 0-0 WCC) ... UA looks for consecutive wins for the first time in 2005-06 ... This is Arizona’s seventh game of the season and five of them have been afternoon starts ... The Cats are 1-3 in games decided by 10 points or less.
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 744-259 (.742) and 552-167 (.768) 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 324-33 (.908) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting Saint Mary’s: The Gaels bring a 1-2 record into Saturday’s game following the team’s 75-69 loss Dec. 3 vs.
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the sixth meeting of the two schools with
Front Line Strength: The front line duo of Ivan Radenovic and Kirk Walters proved formidable on Thursday, combining for 27 points, 16 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Radenovic hit 4-of-9 field goals and grabbed six offensive rebounds as he equaled a season high with 11 boards, while Walters posted his most productive game since the season opener with 13 points (5-of-7 FG), five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Doubling Up, Again: Ivan Radenovic notched his second consecutive double-double Thursday with 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It was his sixth career double-double. The 6-foot-10 forward is the only UA player to register a double-double in 2005-06. Incidentally, Channing Frye was the last UA player to register three consecutive double-doubles on March 20-27, 2003.
Board Work: Led by Ivan Radenovic’s 11 rebounds,
Showing Improvement: The Wildcats continue to struggle with its field goal percentage through six games, as the squad has connected on 39.6 percent (153-of-386) of its field goal attempts. The team’s biggest deficiency has been from long distance. The Wildcats have made only 29.1 percent of its three-point attempts (32-of-110), which is the lowest percentage on record since the three-point shot was instituted in 1986-87. If you removed the three-point shot from UA’s shooting percentage, the overall figure would rise to 43.8 percent. This trend was plainly evident in Thursday’s game, as the Cats shot just 4-of-22 (.182) from behind the arc. If those numbers were removed, UA’s field goal percentage on shots taken inside the arc was 45.5 percent (25-of-55).
Worth Noting: A solid 14-of-30 (.467) shooting effort in the second half on Thursday enabled the Wildcats to out-shot Northern Arizona .433-.417. It marked only the second time this season (
Getting What You’d Expect: Guard Hassan Adams has been giving the club exactly what is counted on from a senior leader: consistent production, as he leads the Cats with a 16.8 ppg average and 15 steals.
the Season for Giving: Freshman point guard J.P. Prince must be caught up in the holiday spirit as he passed out a season-high 10 assists (against one turnover) in Thursday’s win over
Points in the Paint: The Wildcats enjoyed a 40-26 points in the paint scoring advantage on Thursday, which extended a season-long trend. On the season,
The Turnover Game:
In the Middle: Junior Kirk Walters turned in a productive effort not seen since the season opener, collecting 13 points (5-of-7 FG), five boards and three blocked shots vs. Northern Arizona. It was his first time in double figures since the
More Comfortable: Freshman Marcus Williams certainly looked more assertive against Northern Arizona, as he poured in 17 points and added three boards, five assists and a block in 35 minutes. The 6-foot-7 forward from
A Shot-Blocking Presence: Led by Kirk Walters’ game-high three blocks,
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 today’s game,