Date: Thursday, March 2, 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
ONLINE: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center production of the game with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hanson calling the action beginning at 10:30 p.m. (MST). Due to Pac-10 television restrictions, ArizonaAthletics.com can not post video immediately following the conclusion of the game. Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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Game Data: Arizona (17-10, 10-6 Pac-10) opens the final homestand of the regular season against Washington State (11-14, 4-12 Pac-10) Thursday in McKale Center ... The Cats enter the contest having won three of its last four games overall and six consecutive home games ... In 12 home games this year, UA averages 3.0 more points (76.9 ppg), shoots 14 points better from the field (347-of-758/.458) and holds the opposition to 4.2 fewer points (63.9 ppg) than its season-long per game averages.
The Rankings: For the seventh 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 758-266 (.740) and 566-174 (.765) 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 (315) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.772/315-93) 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 332-34 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 59th meeting of the two schools with
A Contrast in Styles: Much has been made of the fact that UA and WSU have such contrasting playing styles. The fact that
Follow Him: In leading
On the Right foot: After slow starts in its two previous games, the Wildcats came out with a more focused effort in Saturday’s win over
Off and Running: One of the keys to such a strong first half for the Wildcats on Saturday (UA led 38-13 at the break) was an 18-0 run over 6:09 of the first half that grew the lead to 25 points. It was
Under 50: Saturday’s defensive effort saw
Change in Tempo: As has been the case for much of the season,
Multiple Miscues: UA’s 16 steals Saturday went a long way towards
Tough on “D”:
Take Note again: All of the defense mentioned above helped
Among the Best: Hassan Adams continues to cement his place in the
Ever Improving: Junior forward Ivan Radenovic may be playing his way onto the all-Pac-10 team, as he is averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, in conference play. The 6-foot-10 native of
Off the Bench: Freshman Fendi Onobun continues to show great promise since he came out of redshirt on Jan. 19. Since making his collegiate debut against Stanford, the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11 games, while shooting 71.4 percent (20-of-28) from the field. Saturday against
Productivity: The UA bench was productive in Saturday’s win, outscoring
Certain Signs Indicate Success: Mustafa Shakur tallied five assists Saturday against
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: The Wildcats close the regular season Saturday against No. 14 Washington. Tip-off on March 4 is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.