Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006
Time: 2 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
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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 immediately following the game's conclusion. Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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 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
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.
The Series: Today’s game is the 209th meeting of the two schools with
Streaking: Ivan Radenovic averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading
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.
Making Shots: With three starters shooting better than 50 percent,
On the Rise: As mentioned above,
Winning the Close Ones: Sunday’s four-point win improved
Working the Boards: Keyed by Ivan Radenovic’s eight rebounds,
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
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,
Moving the Ball: Mustafa Shakur tallied 10 assists in the two games this week, notching five against both
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
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
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
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
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)
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 with a pair of home games next week. UA hosts