Game 2: No. 9
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005
Time: 4:30 p.m. HST
Location: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: ESPN (Sean McDonough/ Bill Raftery/Jay Bilas)
Game Data: No. 9 Arizona (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) meets No. 3 Connecticut (2-0, 0-0 Big East) in the semifinals of the 22nd annual EA Sports Maui Invitational ... Arizona has won each of its four opening-round games at the Maui Invitational (1993, 1997, 2000, 2005).
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 742-256 (.743) and 550-164 (.770) 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 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) 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 322-33 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Today’s game marks the fourth meeting of the two schools with Connecticut holding a 3-0 series advantage, including the last, a 100-98 UConn win in overtime on Jan. 26, 2002. All-time,
Island Delights: Now in its fourth appearance at the EA Sports Maui Invitational,
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 23 years,
Quite a Debut:
Defense Comes Through: The UA defense answered the call Monday by limiting the Jayhawks to just 33.9 percent shooting for the game, including 25.9 percent (7-of-27) in the second half.
In the Three Spot: Normally, playing the nation’s third-ranked team would be a tall order, but it may be to the Wildcats’ liking. All-time,
On the Glass:
From the Line:
Filling the Middle: Junior center Kirk Walters may have at least taken a step towards solidifying UA’s efforts in the middle, as he responded with career-high totals of 13 points and seven rebounds in a career-best 24 minutes played. The 6-foot-10 Walters hit 4-of-6 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws in the effort.
Lucky No. 13: Chris Rodgers made his presence felt at both ends of the court Monday with 12 points, four rebounds and five steals. The senior from Portland, Ore., was key midway through the second half, as his steal and dunk at the 7:00 mark and his trey with 5:11 to go pushed a five-point UA lead to nine.
Up Next: Following today’s game,