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Arizona Opens Exhibition Slate vs. Sonoma State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 10, 2005
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Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005

Time:  7:30 p.m. MST

Location:  Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

Radio:  Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

TV:  FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

A delayed, on-demand video webcast of the McKale Center production will be available online through following the game for subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium online multimedia service. Subscribers can also listen to live audio of the radio broadcast. The cost for All-Access is $6/month for audio only, and $9/month for audio and video. Free live statistics of the game are also available.

Game Data:  No. 10 Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2005-06 exhibition slate with a contest vs. Sonoma State ... It’s the second consecutive year in which Sonoma State has appeared in McKale Center, following last season’s Nov. 11 exhibition appearance.


The Rankings:  Arizona will open 2005-06 ranked 10th in the preseason edition of the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.  It marks the 18th time in the last 19 seasons in which the Cats been nationally ranked to start the season.  UA has been ranked in 303 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.


Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . begins his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 741-256 (.743) and 549-164 (.770) 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 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 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 322-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 250 of its last 267 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon.


Last Time Out:  Hassan Adams scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Red squad to a 91-71 win over the Blue in the annual intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 3.  Adams led a balanced Red attack that saw the team shoot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the floor and place five players in double figures.  After trailing by five points in the first three minutes, Red posted a 15-2 run over the next five minutes and didn’t look back.  Freshman Marcus Williams led the Blue with 21 points.


Looking For Balance:  Lute Olson said the 2005-06 offense would feature a balanced attack.  That definitely was the case in Thursday’s Red-Blue game, as eight of the 15 players on the roster reached double figures.  It was even more in evidence on the Red team, where five players scored at least 10 points and all eight to see action tallied at least three.


From Behind the Arc:  The Red squad, made up primarily of upperclassmen, also shared the wealth when it came to three-point production, as six players made at least one trey.  Combined, the veterans drained 45.5 percent of the three-point attempts (10-of-22) and were led By Hassan Adams’ 3-of-4 marksmanship from behind the arc.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 105, Sonoma State 80, Nov. 11, 2004:  The Wildcats used an 18-6 run over the first 4:06 of the second half to break open a 10-point game en route to the 105-80 exhibition victory Thursday against Sonoma State. Channing Frye scored 13 of UA’s 18 points in the spurt and finished with a game-high 24 points. Arizona forced 20 SSU turnovers and outrebounded the Seawolves, 43-28. Mustafa Shakur added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the effort.


In Case You Were Wondering:  This is the second straight season in which Sonoma State and Arizona have met, but both were exhibition games.  The last time Arizona played a non-Division I school in a regular-season game occurred Nov. 20, 2000, when the Wildcats defeated Chaminade, 97-57, in the opening game of the Maui Invitational.  All-time, Arizona is 56-29 (.659) vs. NCAA Division II opposition in regular season action.  Incidentally, Arizona opens the 2005-06 regular season at the EA Sports Maui Invitational vs. Kansas on Nov. 21.


Tops in the Pac-10:  In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference, Arizona was selected as the team to beat for the league title for the fourth year in a row and 10th time in the last 16 seasons.  The Cats received 23 of a possible 34 first place votes and 325 points overall.  Stanford (294), UCLA (263) and Washington (238) rounded out the top four spots.  It is the 11th time in the last 16 seasons that Arizona has been tabbed the preseason Pac-10 favorite.  Arizona has gone on to win the league title eight times in that span.


Movin’ Up:  With the 2005-06 National Basketball Association regular season underway, no fewer than 10 former Wildcats are on active NBA rosters.  Only one school (Duke, 11) has more alumni in the league.  Here is the complete list:  Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards; Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings; Channing Frye, New York Knicks; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzlies; Salim Stoudamire, Atlanta Hawks; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers, and Loren Woods, Toronto Raptors.  Incidentally, there are 38 former Pac-10 players in the NBA.


Preseason Kudos:  Arizona’s Hassan Adams was named to the 2005-06 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, it was announced by the award’s national preseason selection committee.  The 6-foot-4 senior guard is included among a list of 50 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2006 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball’s player of the year.


A Nice Debut:  Freshman Marcus Williams put forth a nice effort in last Thursday’s scrimmage, totaling 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes.  Obviously, the Seattle product is doing something right ?- mainly going to the boards, as he finds himself in the starting lineup tonight.  Coach Olson traditionally awards the starting spots in the first exhibition game to the top rebounding player at each position.


Hard to Ignore:  He may have joined the team as a walk-on a year ago, but that hasn’t slowed the productivity of sophomore Bret Brielmaier.  The 6-foot-6 forward from Mankato, Minn., collected 10 points (4-of-5 shooting) and six rebounds in 25 minutes played in the Pepsi Red-Blue game.


Up Next:  Following tonight’s exhibition game, the Wildcats close the preseason with a game against Team Georgia.  The contest is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. MST.  Broadcast plans have yet to be announced.

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