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Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Arizona State, 2/25/2006
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Release: 02/25/2006
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Game 27:  Arizona (16-10, 9-6) vs. Arizona State (10-14, 4-11)

 

Date:  Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006

Time:  2 p.m. MST

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

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

TV:  FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)

 

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Game Data:  Arizona (16-10, 9-6 Pac-10) returns to action after a six-day break by hosting intrastate rival Arizona State (10-14, 4-11 Pac-10) Saturday in McKale Center ... It is the first of three consecutive home games to close the regular season ... In 11 home games this season, the Wildcats average 3.5 more points (77.7 ppg), shoot 18 percentage points better from the field (321-of-694/.462) and hold the opposition to 3.5 fewer points (65.5 ppg) than its season-long per game averages.

 

The Rankings:  For the sixth consecutive week, Arizona remained unranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Cats saw its string of 312 consecutive regular-season AP poll appearances end on Dec. 19.

 

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 757-266 (.740) and 565-174 (.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 (314) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/314-93) 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 331-34 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 259 of its last 277 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 40-7 against Arizona State.

 

Last Time Out:  Trailing by two points at halftime, Arizona responded with a 12-1 run in the first 3:36 of the second half to take control of the game and never surrendered the lead as the Cats snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 76-72 win at Stanford on Sunday.  Ivan Radenovic and Hassan Adams each scored 23 points to lead UA.  Radenovic was especially good in the second half, tallying 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists after the break.  Arizona shot 52.6 percent from the field and outrebounded Stanford, 33-27.

 

Scouting Arizona State:  The Sun Devils enter today’s game with a 10-14 record (4-11 Pac-10) following Saturday’s 65-64 double overtime win at California.  As a team, ASU shoots 43.4 percent from the field (564-of-1301), including 38.3 percent (132-of-345) from three-point range, while averaging 67.9 points per game.  Opponents shoot at a 44.4 percent clip and are averaging 69.7 points per game.  Three Sun Devils average in double figures, led by Kevin Kruger’s 14.7 ppg mark.

 

The Series:  Today’s game is the 209th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 135-73 series advantage. Arizona has won 21 of the last 22 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1914, including the last meeting, 80-70, on Jan. 25 in Tempe.  All-time, Arizona is 75-25 in series games played in Tucson, 59-48 in Tempe, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 100 in the UA media guide for more series information.

 

Last Meeting:  Arizona 80, Arizona State 70, Jan. 25, 2006:  Arizona closed the first half with a 12-4 run to turn a one-point deficit into a seven-point lead and never looked back.  Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams each scored five points in the decisive run, but it was Hassan Adams’ 21 points, three assists and six steals that proved to be the difference.  Adams was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures as UA outscored ASU, 76-57, over the final 35:57.

 

Streaking:  Ivan Radenovic averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading Arizona to a split in a pair of games last week.  He connected on 70.0 percent of his field goal attempts (14-of-20) and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) of his free throws in the effort.  Radenovic opened the week with 14 points (6-of-10 FGs), four rebounds (three offensive) and an assist Thursday at California in 34 minutes, and followed that up with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs), eight rebounds (five offensive) and five assists Sunday at Stanford.  It marked his sixth consecutive game in double figures.  On the season, Radenovic is averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

 

Playing Uphill:  The Wildcats spotted Stanford an 11-4 lead just three minutes into the game, but responded by methodically taking control of the contest from that point.  Arizona outscored Stanford, 32-27, over the rest of the first half, then opened the second half with a 12-1 run over the first 3:36 to take a lead it would not relinquish.  All told, Arizona outscored Stanford, 72-61, over the final 37 minutes of the game and held as much as a 14-point lead.

 

Making Shots:  With three starters shooting better than 50 percent, Arizona shot 49.5 percent from the field (54-of-109) as a team in two games last week.  Ivan Radenovic (14-of-20), Marcus Williams (12-of-23) and Kirk Walters (7-of-12) combined to shoot 33-of-55 (.600) from the floor.  The trio connected on 16-of-26 field goal attempts in the win at Stanford to help Arizona shoot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field for the game.

 

On the Rise:  As mentioned above, Arizona shot 52.6 percent vs. Stanford.  It marked just the eighth time this year that UA has topped the 50-percent plateau and just the second away from home.  When shooting 50 percent or better, Arizona is 6-2 in 2005-06.  The UA starters shot 27-of-48 (.563) from the field at Stanford.

 

Winning the Close Ones:  Sunday’s four-point win improved Arizona’s record to 5-3 in games decided by five points or less.  After weathering an early 11-4 Stanford run, Arizona was able to tie the game by the 10-minute mark of the first half.  That’s a key point for the Wildcats, as the team is 13-4 this season when tied or leading with 10 minutes to go in the opening half.

 

Working the Boards:  Keyed by Ivan Radenovic’s eight rebounds, Arizona outboarded Stanford, 33-27.  It marked the 11th time this season that Arizona had outrebounded an opponent and UA is 9-2 in those games, including a 6-1 mark in Pac-10 play.  Incidentally, Arizona has outrebounded three of its last four opponents, and has won each of those games.

 

Two Streaks Stopped:  Sunday’s win at Stanford snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Cats and ended the Cardinal’s nine-game homecourt win streak.  UA has won five of its last seven games at Maples Pavilion.

 

Topping 20:  Forward Ivan Radenovic and guard Hassan Adams each scored 23 points in the win at Stanford.  It was Arizona’s 19th and 20th 20-point games of the season, and marked just the third time that Arizona has had two players top the 20-point plateau in the same game.  Hassan Adams (21) and Chris Rodgers (20) accomplished the feat on Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State, while Adams (32) and Mustafa Shakur (23) did it at Washington on Dec. 31.

 

The Man:  Speaking of Radenovic, the 6-foot-10 junior seems to be coming into his own as a go-to guy.  Over his last 10 games, Radenovic is averaging a team-best 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  In that span, he has connected on 55.6 (55-of-99) percent of his field goal attempts and 75.5 percent (37-of-49) of his free throw attempts.  Radenovic has finished in double figures nine times in his last 10 games, while grabbing six or more rebounds seven times.

 

Locking it down:  Give the UA defense a bit of credit for Sunday’s win as the team limited Stanford to just 35.7 percent (10-of-28) shooting in the second half.  Stanford made just one of its first 12 field goal attempts to open the second half.  In that same span, Arizona also forced five turnovers.

 

Stop Thief:  Arizona collected 12 steals in Sunday’s game against Stanford.  Hassan Adams collected a game-high four steals, while the UA bench chipped in with seven (Chris Rodgers 3, Daniel Dillon 2) .  It is the 16th time in 26 games that the Cats have garnered 10 or more steals in a game.  This season, Arizona leads the Pac-10 by averaging 9.9 steals per game.

 

Moving the Ball:  Mustafa Shakur tallied 10 assists in the two games this week, notching five against both California and Stanford.  The 6-foot-3 guard has 110 assists in 26 games this season (4.2 apg).  Arizona is 36-9 (.800) in Shakur’s career when he passes out five or more assists, including 8-4 this year.

 

In Reserve:  Sophomore guard Daniel Dillon enjoyed another productive game off the bench, as he equaled career highs with three rebounds and two steals to go with three points.  In his last three games, the Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.  On the season, Dillon is averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds.

 

Being Productive:  Pac-10 Freshman of the Year candidate Marcus Williams averaged 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week.  The 6-foot-7 forward from Seattle connected on 12-of-23 field goal attempts (.522) and added four assists and a steal.  In conference play, Williams is averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.

 

Must Win:  The Cats enter the final game of February with a 3-3 record during the month.  Besides the obvious implications down the road, UA needs a win to avoid posting the first losing record during the month of February in the Lute Olson era.  To date, the worst record for an Olson-led Arizona squad is 4-4, which occurred in 2003-04.  Conversely, UA has posted four undefeated records as well (1993, ?'98, 2000, ?'03).

 

Always On the Run:  Throughout the season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity.  The Wildcats’ have 13 scoring runs of  11 or more points this season:

29-1 run over 10:43 vs. Virginia, Nov. 27 (UVa went 0-of-12 with seven turnovers during the run)

33-15 run over 10:26 vs. Sam Houston State, Dec. 19 (UA 13-of-20 in run)

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 Oregon State, Jan. 12 (Seven TO and just 7 OSU FG attempts in run)

21-6 run over 7:12 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 23 (no MSU field goals in last 5:44 of regulation)

20-4 run over 9:10 vs. Kansas, Nov. 21 (KU hits 3-of-first-12 FG attempts with nine TO)

21-5 run over 7:57 at Houston, Dec. 3 (two UH FGs in last eight minutes of first half)

21-9 run over 12:23 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 22 (UA hits 7-of-11 FG in run)

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 Washington, Dec. 31 (UA makes 10-of-first-14 FG to ignite 2nd half run)

 

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 Carlsbad, Calif., LaCosta High School; Jordan Hill (F, 6-8, 210) from Atlanta, Ga., The Patterson (N.C.) School;  and Nic Wise (G, 5-10, 180) from Kingwood, Texas., Kingwood High School, will join the squad next fall.

 

Up Next:  The Wildcats close the regular season with a pair of home games next week.  UA hosts Washington State on Thursday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. MST, and Washington on Saturday, March 4, at 4 p.m.

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