No. 4 Seed
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2006
Time: 12:20 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: No. 4 seed Arizona (18-11, 11-7 Pac-10) travels to Los Angeles for the 2006 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and opens play in the quarterfinals Thursday against No. 5 seed Stanford (15-12, 11-7 Pac-10) ... Arizona 15 wins and four titles (1998-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center, the Wildcats are 6-3 in tournament play ... UA is 1-2 this season in neutral-site games.
The Rankings: For the eighth 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 759-267 (.740) and 567-175 (.764) 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 (316) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/316-94) 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 333-35 (.905) in McKale Center and have won 261 of its last 280 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 45-25 against Stanford and 15-4 in Pac-10 Tournament action.
Last Time Out:
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enter today’s game with a 15-12 record (11-7 Pac-10) following Saturday’s 75-54 loss to UCLA. As a team, Stanford shoots 42.2 percent from the field (604-of-1431), including 35.2 percent (131-of-372) from three-point range, while averaging 66.4 points per game. Opponents shoot at a 43.1 percent clip and are averaging 65.3 points per game. Three Stanford players average in double figures, led by Matt Haryasz’s 16.6 ppg mark.
The Series: Today’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Arizona 76, Stanford 72, Feb. 19, 2005: Trailing by two points at halftime, Arizona responded with a 12-1 run in the first 3:36 of the second half to take control of the game and never surrendered the lead as the Cats snapped a four-game road losing streak. Ivan Radenovic and Hassan Adams each scored 23 points to lead UA. Radenovic was especially good in the second half, tallying 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists after the break.
Cats and Cardinal:
Speaking of Seeds: The Wildcats enter the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 4 seed. That is
Developing Nicely: In helping
Shooting Woes: UA’s starting guards struggled from the floor in Saturday’s loss, as Hassan Adams (4-of-12) and Mustafa Shakur (3-of-10) combined to make only 7-of-22 field goal attempts (.318). The other five Wildcats to see action and attempt at least one field goal combined to hit 20-of-37 (.541) attempts from the floor.
Bucking a Trend:
20-Point Plateau: Marcus Williams notched his third 20-point game of the season Saturday vs.
Clamping Down: In its two games this week,
Back at It: Senior guard Chris Rodgers hit 4-of-6 field goal attempts Saturday en route to 11 points, which was his first double-figure effort since Jan. 14. The 11 points were nearly as many as he had scored in the four previous games (14) since he rejoined the team on Feb. 13. In the five games since his return, the 6-foot-4 Rodgers is averaging 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals, while shooting 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from the field.
That’s More Like It: Mustafa Shakur collected 10 assists in Saturday’s game against
Double-Doubles: Shakur also added 10 points against
Strong to the Finish: Junior forward Ivan Radenovic posted a strong finish to the regular season, as he averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while shooting 50.6 percent (86-of-170) from the field in Pac-10 play. In those 18 games, he finished in double figures 15 times and grabbed five or more rebounds 13 times. He’s been even better in his last 10 games, posting averages of 14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game to go with a 57.3 (59-of-103) field goal percentage.
Almost There: A pair of Wildcats enter the Pac-10 Tournament close to helping the team reach a statistical milestone. Chris Rodgers and Kirk Walters are two and 11 points shy, respectively, of reaching the 200-point plateau for the season. If they are able to do so,
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
18-0 run over 6:09 vs.
24-7 run over 9:53 at UCLA, Feb. 4 (UA 9-of-13 FG, 6-of-6 FT in run; UCLA 3-of-10 FG)
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)
16-3 run over 5:47 at Stanford, Feb. 19 (Stanford 1-of-12 FG with 6 turnovers in 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 today’s game, Arizona will either advance to Friday’s semifinal at 6:20 p.m. PST, which will be televised by Fox Sports Net, or return to Tucson and await Sunday’s announcement of the NCAA Tournament participants.