Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
A delayed, on-demand video webcast of the McKale Center production will be available online through www.arizonaathletics.com 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.
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
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.
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.
In Case You Were Wondering: This is the second straight season in which
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
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.
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
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
Up Next: Following tonight’s exhibition game, the Wildcats close the preseason with a game against Team