Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 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). Live audio is also available to subscribers. Note: Game is not available immediately following its conclusion due to Pac-10 television contract blackout restrictions.
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Game Data: Arizona (13-9, 6-5 Pac-10) returns home looking to snap a three-game losing streak Thursday against Oregon (10-13, 4-7 Pac-10) ... It is the Wildcats’ first home game since Jan. 21 ... UA will enjoy the comforts of McKale Center for the majority of the rest of the regular season as 71.4 percent (5-of-7) of the remaining games will be played at home ... Obviously, location makes a difference as UA averages 78.3 points per game and posts a +12.3 scoring margin in nine home games, and averages 72.9 ppg and posts a +0.5 scoring margin in 10 road games this year.
The Rankings: For the fourth 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 754-265 (.740) and 562-173 (.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 (311) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.772/311-92) 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 329-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out: UCLA jumped out to an early double-figure lead, grew it to as much as 24 points, and had to withstand a strong
Scouting UCLA: The Ducks enter tonight’s game with a 10-13 record (4-7 Pac-10) following Saturday’s 62-60 home loss to
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 57th meeting of the two schools with
Dubious Distinction: Saturday’s defeat gave Arizona a three-game losing streak, which is the program’s first such streak since the final three games of the 1991-92 season, including an NCAA Tournament loss. The last time a Lute Olson-coached team lost three consecutive regular-season games came Feb. 4-13, 1984, in Olson’s first season at
Turnabout: For most of the season,
Not at Home: Speaking of turnovers,
On target: The Wildcats shot a season-best 58.0 percent from the field Saturday (29-of-50), aided by a season-high 58.3 percent effort (14-of-24) in the first half, to mark the firs time UA had topped the 50-percent plateau in eight games.
Coincidence?: Just days after head coach Lute Olson spoke of getting away from the three-point shot, Arizona attempted just 18 attempts from behind the arc in the two games this week (made five), including a season-low eight attempts at UCLA. By comparison,
Pitching In: Arizona got a collective boost from its inside guys on Saturday, as Ivan Radenovic, Kirk Walters and Bret Brielmaier combined for 29 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. The trio combined to hit 12-of-13 field goal attempts.
Getting Better: In addition to notching 13 points (5-of-6 FGs) and four rebounds at UCLA, forward Ivan Radenovic passed out a career-high six assists in a career-high equaling 37 minutes. His field goal shooting has also picked up lately, as the junior has connected on 40-of-86 (.465) of his field goal attempts over his last 10 games. On the season, Radenovic is averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field.
On the Rise: Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Marcus Williams found numerous ways to be productive at UCLA. The 6-foot-7 forward from
Hitting Shots: Junior Kirk Walters continues to develop into a productive centerpiece, and he’s doing it on the fly. Against UCLA, the 6-foot-10 Walters finished with 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes. The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., connected on all six field goal attempts, which was a UA season-best effort this season and only the second time Walters has been perfect from the field with three or more attempts in his career. He’s shooting 55.3 percent (52-of-94) from the field this season.
From the Bench: Freshman Fendi Onobun also continues to be productive. Against the Bruins, Onobun notched two points, two rebounds, his first two collegiate blocked shots and an assist. On the season, the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and is shooting 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the field. Onobun has scored points in five of six appearances this season.
Start at One: Two days after being held out of double-figures for the first time this season, Hassan Adams rebounded with 19 points against UCLA. The
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 148-18 (.892) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Facing it’s largest deficit of the season (24 points with 18:02 to go in the second half) at UCLA,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 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)
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