Game 17: No. 11
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSNAZ (
Game Data: No. 11 Arizona (13-3, 4-2 Pac-10) heads out on the road for the final time this month beginning Thursday against USC (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10) in the brand-new Galen Center ... Since Arizona joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79, the Galen Center will be fourth different venue to host a UA-USC game in Los Angeles, joining the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, The Forum (1984, ?'93, ?'94) and the Staples Center (2002, ?'04) ... USC and Arizona rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (27.44/25.88 drpg) ... The Wildcats are 4-2 away from home in 2006-07.
The Rankings: Following a split of two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 12 the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date this season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 774-272 (.740) and 582-180 (.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 (320) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.769/320-96) 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 24-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 22 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 second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 342-36 (.905) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting USC: The Trojans (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10) enter tonight’s game with a 9-3 record in the
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 88th meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: USC 77,
A Good Week:
Rankings Boost: Perhaps it’s the team’s strength of schedule or some kind of cache of national respect, but whatever the reason, defeating
A Win Tonight ... would be the 775th career victory for Lute Olson on the NCAA Division I level. Only 12 coaches in NCAA history (covering all levels) have won as many games. Now in his 34th year as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 774-272 (.740).
One Possession-a-phobia: Sunday’s two-point loss to
Off Target: Despite leading the Pac-10 with a 51.2 (478-of-933) cumulative field goal percentage,
ON the Glass:
Telling Turnovers: The Wildcats lost the turnover battle Sunday to
League Leaders: In a week where he averaged 30.5 points per game in a pair of games, sophomore forward Marcus Williams moved to the top of the Pac-10 scoring leaders list with his 18.4 ppg average. His effort last week against
Step right up and knock them down: As mentioned above, Ivan Radenovic leads the Pac-10 with a .897 free throw percentage. He’s certainly made the most of his chances. The 6-foot-10 senior forward from
Doubling Up: Marcus Williams’ 34 points and 12 rebounds marked his third double-double of the season. Williams now shares the team lead in that category with Ivan Radenovic. By comparison, it was
Forward Progress: Ivan Radenovic (13) and Marcus Williams (12) combined for 25 of
Topping 20: Senior guard Mustafa Shakur knocked down a season-high eight field goals in 14 attempts en route to 21 points, which was his fourth 20-point effort of the year, which nearly equaled his career total entering this season. The 6-foot-3
Playing a Nice Role: Junior Daniel Dillon quietly went about his business Sunday and equaled career highs with two assists and two steals in 10 minutes vs. the Ducks without a turnover. He’s played the back-up guard role well this season, posting a 2.43 assist:turnover ratio. In fact, Dillon has just seven turnovers in 177 minutes played, or one turnover every 25.3 minutes played, easily the best figure on the team.
The Back End: Junior guard Jawann McClellan connected on 5-of-8 field goals Sunday and finished with 12 points against
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 160-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following tonight’s game,