Game 8: No. 24
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005
Time: 2 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler/Jimmy Dykes)
Game Data: No. 24 Arizona (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10) hits the road to take on Utah (5-2, 0-0 MWC) Saturday in Salt Lake City ... A win today would give UA a three-game win streak for the first time in 2005-06 ... Former Western Athletic Conference members meet in Salt Lake City for the first time since 1993 ... Defense never rests: both the Wildcats and Utes have a history of high octane offenses, but interestingly, each has broken the 80-point barrier only once in 2005-06.
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 745-259 (.742) and 553-167 (.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 325-33 (.908) in
Last Time Out: Hassan Adams scored 18 of his season-high 27 points in the second half as
The Series: Today’s game marks the 48th meeting of the two schools with
Against the Mountain West Conference: The Wildcats are 179-132 (.576) all-time against schools that currently make up the Mountain West Conference.
Soaring: Hassan Adams led
Moving Up: Hassan Adams’ recent scoring binge moved him into second place on the Pac-10 Conference’s scoring leaders list at 18.3 points per game. He enters Saturday’s game nine points shy of moving into a tie for 18th place on the UA career scoring list.
Inching Higher: The Wildcats continue to struggle from the floor, as the team has connected on 176-of-440 (.400) of its field goal attempts. In the two wins last week,
Onward and Upward: Arizona won consecutive games for the first time this season and moved above the .500 mark for the first time since the season-opening win over Kansas in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
More Like It: The Wildcats’ free throw touch seems to have returned, as the team made 40-of-53 (.755) free throws in the wins over
Encore, Encore: Hassan Adams led quite a second half charge for the Wildcats last week, as he scored 33 of his 48 points in the second half. He connected on 12-of-21 FG attempts (.571) and grabbed 10 of 16 boards after the break. The effort spurred the Wildcats to a combined .509 (28-of-55) field goal percentage and a 44-31 rebound advantage in the final 20 minutes of both games this week.
A Better Percentage: The solid second half shooting effort mentioned above enabled the Wildcats to out-shoot both
Sensational: Freshman Marcus Williams enjoyed his best week to date after averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists last week. The 6-foot-7 forward from
Bipolar: En route to its 4-3 record, the Wildcats have proven to be at opposite ends of the spectrum with its end of game margins. Each of UA’s four wins have been by 11 or more points, while the three losses have come by nine or fewer points. On a positive note,
Almost There: Ivan Radenovic came up one point and one rebound shy of becoming the first UA player since Channing Frye in March of 2003 to post double-doubles in three consecutive games. Over the last three games, the 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and is shooting .440 (11-of-25) from the field. The effort raised his season averages to 10.5 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds.
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.
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
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,