Game 13: No. 21
Date: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson) 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 its conclusion (approximately 10:30 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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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 its conclusion (approximately 10:30 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.
Game Data: Twenty-first-ranked Arizona (9-3, 2-0 Pac-10) returns to McKale Center to open the home portion of the conference schedule Thursday against No. 17 UCLA (11-2, 1-1 Pac-10) ... Since joining the Pac-10 Conference in 1978-79, Arizona has a 21-6 record in home conference openers, including a 17-4 mark under Lute Olson ... Four of the Wildcats’ last six opponents have scored less than 62 points and in that span the opposition is averaging 63.8 points per game and facing a -17.0 ppg scoring margin.
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 750-259 (.743) and 558-167 (.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 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 (307) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.779/307-87) 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 327-33 (.908) in
Last Time Out: A Kirk Walters free throw with five seconds remaining in the second overtime provided the difference in Saturday’s 96-95 win at
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins bring an 11-2 record (1-1 Pac-10) into tonight’s game following Saturday’s 68-61 loss to
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 70th meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 38-31 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 14 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, including the last meeting, 83-73, on Feb. 12, 2005, in Westwood. All-time,
Follow the Leader: Hassan Adams led
Streak Stoppers: The Cats’ 96-95 double overtime win at
Going the Distance: It took two extra periods, but
Back at it: The 12 points and five rebounds provided by junior forward Ivan Radenovic in Saturday’s win was his most productive game in some time. It marked Radenovic’s first double-figure scoring game in six outings. On the season, the 6-foot-10 Radenovic has four double-figure scoring games and is averaging 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Another Milestone: Saturday’s double overtime win gave Arizona head coach Lute Olson his 750th coaching victory on the NCAA Division I level, making him the 15th coach in NCAA history (covering all levels) to win 750 games. In 33 years as a head coach, Olson has a career record of 750-259 (.743). Olson’s 750th career win took place in his 725th game as the UA head coach.
Accepting Charity: One of the keys to Saturday’s win was the fact that
Coming From Behind:
Slow Start, Strong Finish: After struggling from the floor in the first half at Washington with a 27.8 field goal percentage (10-of-36), including 1-of-15 from three-point range, Arizona bounced back to hit 58.6 percent (17-of-29) of its shots in the second half, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc, en route to 54 second-half points (not including overtime). The 54 points scored by
Where It’s Due: Give
Point Guard Production: Junior guard Mustafa Shakur put forth what may have been his best all-around effort in Saturday’s win by equaling a career high with 23 points (9-of-10 FTs) to go with a season-high nine assists, four rebounds and two steals in 46 minutes. How good did it go for Shakur? With 3:03 remaining in regulation, he attempted to throw an alley-oop pass to Hassan Adams on the fast break. Instead of connecting with
A Fine Homecoming: Growing up just 10 minutes from Washington’s Bank of America Arena, freshman Marcus Williams responded by posting 16 points and a season-high nine rebounds in 44 minutes played. As UA head coach Lute Olson said in the postgame press conference, “No one came into this game with more pressure on him than Marcus.” The 6-foot-7 forward has responded well to the pressure of late by averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while shooting 58.6 percent from the field (41-of-70), in his last seven games.
A WSU REDUX: In Thursday’s 18-point win at
Pass the Ball:
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 146-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Finding Positives: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
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.
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
Up Next: Following tonight’s game,