No. 4 Seed
Date: Friday, March 10, 2006
Time: 6 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: No. 4 seed Arizona (19-11, 11-7 Pac-10) advanced to the 2006 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament semifinals Friday against No. 1 seed UCLA (25-6, 14-4 Pac-10) ... Arizona’s 16 wins and four titles (1998-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center, the Wildcats are 7-3 in tournament play ... Arizona has advanced to the semifinals in seven of nine Pac-10 Tournament appearances.
The Rankings: For the eighth 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 760-267 (.740) and 568-175 (.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 (316) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/316-94) 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 333-35 (.905) in McKale Center and have won 261 of its last 280 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 28-21 vs. UCLA and 16-4 in Pac-10 Tournament action.
Last Time Out: Turnovers and free throws proved to be the difference as
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 72nd meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: UCLA 84,
Cats and Bruins:
In the Semifinals: In six previous Pac-10 Tournament semifinal appearances (1988-90, 2002, 2004-05),
From the Line:
A Win TOday: A Win today would give
Balance: Led By Ivan Radenovic’s game-high 21 points,
Wreaking Havoc: Chris Rodgers equaled a Pac-10 record with five steals in Thursday’s win, which set the tone for a defensive effort that saw
On the Other Hand: Bolstered by Mustafa Shakur’s six-assist, zero-turnover performance Thursday,
Lucky No. 7: Junior guard Mustafa Shakur has been very good over the last three weeks or so, averaging 8.7 points, 2.9 assists and 6.4 assists over his last seven games. In that span he has 45 assists against 14 turnovers (3.2 assist:turnover ratio) and has five or more assists in all seven games.
Mr. Productivity: Sophomore walk-on Bret Brielmaier earned a career-best 25 minutes vs. Stanford and responded with a career-high six points to go with two rebounds and an assist. Additionally, he committed nary a turnover in those 25 minutes played, making him one of three Wildcats to play 25 or more minutes Thursday without a turnover.
Getting Better: Thursday’s win improved
On the Horizon:
Up Next: Following tonight’s game, Arizona will either advance to Saturday’s championship at 3:15 p.m. PST, which will be televised by CBS-TV, or return to Tucson and await Sunday’s announcement of the NCAA Tournament participants.