Game 19: No. 13 Arizona (15-3, 5-1) at Oregon State (11-6, 3-3)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005
Time: 5 p.m. PST
Location: Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 13 Arizona (15-3, 5-1 Pac-10) travels to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State (11-6, 3-3 Pac-10) Saturday evening ... The Wildcats outscore the opponents by 7.9 points per game in conference play ... During the Lute Olson era, UA is a league-best 127-65 (.661) in Pac-10 road games ... In road games this season, Arizona posts a +5.4 rebound margin ... Following this road swing to Oregon, six of Arizona’s next eight games are at home.
The Rankings: After winning two games last week, Arizona jumped to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 295 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 726-252 (.742) and 534-160 (.769) 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 (295) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.776/295-85) 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 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 317-32 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 245 of its last 262 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 37-7 against Oregon State.
Last Time Out: Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye and Hassan Adams combined for 57 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in leading the Wildcats to the 74-66 win Thursday at Oregon. Stoudamire scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as Arizona built a double-digit lead. After an Oregon run cut a 15-point lead to two with just over eight minutes to go, Arizona answered with big shots of its own as it regained control of the contest.
Scouting Oregon State: The Beavers enter Saturday’s game with an 11-6 record (3-3 Pac-10) after an 88-66 win Thursday vs. Arizona State. OSU shoots 44.1 percent from the field (419-of-951), posts a -2.5 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 1.3 points per game. Individually, five Beavers average in double figures, led by David Lucas, who averages 16.1 points per game. Nick DeWitz leads the club by averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.
The Series: Saturday’s game marks the 57th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 40-16 series advantage. UA has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, but the Beavers captured the last meeting, a 90-84 triumph in Corvallis on Feb. 21, 2004. All-time, Arizona is 23-5 in series games played in Tucson, 16-11 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: Oregon State 90, Arizona 84, Feb. 21, 2004: Oregon State’s David Lucas and Chris Stephens combined for 44 points in leading the Beavers to a 90-84 victory. The Wildcats managed to do a few things right ?- a 52.7 field goal percentage and a 39-25 rebound advantage among them ?- but committed 20 turnovers, which led to 21 OSU points, in an otherwise listless performance. Channing Frye collected 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and Hassan Adams chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.
Road Sweeps: After defeating Oregon Thursday, Arizona puts itself in position to do something it hasn’t done in more than a season: sweep a Pac-10 road trip. A win Saturday would give the Wildcats its first road sweep since Feb. 27-March 1, 2003, when UA swept the Bay Area. Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, Arizona has swept of 10 of 21 possible road swings. In that span, the Oregon trip has proven to be very difficult, as the Cats are 6-5 on this trip (counting Thursday’s win) with just one sweep (2003). The road swings break down like this: Washington: 9-1 (4 sweeps); Bay Area: 9-3 (4); Oregon: 6-5 (1); and Los Angeles: 5-5 (1).
Picking It Up: Over his last five games, Salim Stoudamire is shooting 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the field, including an impressive 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from behind the arc, and averaging 20.0 points per game. In the 10 games since sitting out the Marquette game on Dec. 18 for disciplinary reasons, the 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 18.4 points per game and shooting 60.5 percent (49-of-81) from the field, 65.3 percent (32-of-49) from behind the arc and 92.3 percent (36-of-39) from the line. Incidentally, Stoudamire’s improved accuracy has helped the Wildcats as a whole shoot 46.7 percent (266-of-569) from the field in that span, an increase of 29 points over the team’s season FG percentage.
More on Salim: With his 14-of-24 shooting (.583) from behind the arc in the last three games, Stoudamire is the nation’s leader in three-point field goal percentage at .567 (55-of-97). Of his 165 field goal attempts through 17 games played, nearly 60 percent 97-of-165/.588) have come from three-point range. While the season is only half over, Stoudamire’s .567 three-point field goal percentage trails only Steve Kerr’s 57.3 percent mark (114-of-199) in 1987-88 in the UA single-season record book.
Heating Up: The Wildcat offense has increased its productivity in Pac-10 play by averaging 81.2 points in the first six games. Additionally, Arizona is shooting 45.2 percent (176-of-389) from the field in that span, a figure that is 19 points higher than its overall field goal percentage of 43.3 percent. Incidentally, UA is 4-0 this year when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
It Counts in the Boxscore: By limiting Oregon to 39.3 percent shooting (11-of-28) in the first half, Arizona was able to outshoot the Ducks by a 45.0-42.1 percent margin. While it may not seem like much, it does continue a season-long trend that has seen the Wildcats post a 9-0 record in 2004-05 when outshooting the opposition.
Other Contributions: Much has been made lately of Salim Stoudamire’s outside shooting, but it was the work of several other Wildcats down the stretch that made the difference on Thursday. Following a 15-2 Oregon run, Mustafa Shakur hit back-to-back buckets a minute apart, Ivan Radenovic knocked down a trey at 2:31 and Chris Rodgers worked free for a lay-up at 1:09 that enabled Arizona to regain control of the contest and eventually put it out of reach.
Taking Advantage: One of the keys to Arizona building a 13-point halftime lead was its ability to get to the free throw line. The Cats were put into the bonus with just over eight minutes to go in the opening half and made 9-of-11 charity tosses to close the period. On average, UA makes 2.5 more free throws per game than the opposition.
Winning the tight Ones: Thursday’s win improved Arizona’s record to 7-1 this season in games decided by 10 points or less. By comparison, the Wildcats were only 7-9 in that situation last season.
It’s a Family Thing: With his cousin in attendance, Salim Stoudamire moved into sole possession of second place on the Arizona career three-point field goals list with 277. His first of five treys in the game moved him past cousin Damon, who knocked down 272 treys at Arizona from 1992-95. With the effort, Salim moved fifth place on the Pac-10 career three-point field goals made list.
The Century Mark: Channing Frye earned the 100th career start Thursday against Oregon. All told, Arizona is 78-22 (.780) with Frye in the starting five. Incidentally, Frye moved into fourth place on the UA career rebounds list at 839 after grabbing seven against the Ducks.
Good First Step: Arizona’s 42-29 halftime lead Thursday was indicative of the team’s trend of getting out to an early lead. Through 18 games, Arizona is 10-1 when leading after 10 minutes of play and 12-1 (3-0 Pac-10) when leading at the half. The Wildcats post a +7.3 first half scoring advantage in 2004-05.
An All-Around Guy: In an oddly quiet manner, Hassan Adams continues to display a solid all-around game. Thursday against the Ducks, the 6-foot-4 junior tallied 13 points (his 50th career double-figure game), six rebounds, six assists and a career-high six steals. In those 30 minutes of action, Adams committed no turnovers. He has already set a new career high with 49 assists this season, while his team-leading 40 steals is only six shy of another career best. Adams is averaging 2.2 steals per game, the highest figure for a Wildcat since Jason Terry averaged 2.8 pilfers per game in 1998-99.
Steady: Mustafa Shakur gave the Cats exactly what it needed on Thursday: a steady hand at the controls from the point guard position. In addition to hitting the two big shots mentioned earlier, the 6-foot-3 sophomore finished with five points, four rebounds and four assists. In what was an intense affair, Arizona committed just 10 turnovers.
Collecting Caroms: In addition to a game-high 27 points Thursday, Salim Stoudamire was also active on the boards by grabbing five rebounds. The five rebounds were his second-highest total of the season.
Controlling the Glass: Arizona is 11-1 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and five times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 12 of 18 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 130-16 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 6-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Eight times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
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
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
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
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: Following tonight’s game, Arizona returns home for the first of four consecutive games at McKale Center. UA hosts Washington on Jan. 27 with tip-of scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net.