Game 22: No. 14 Arizona (17-4, 7-2) vs. California (11-8, 4-5)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) and the FSN Arizona broadcast of the California game, beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 4. ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 14 Arizona (17-4, 7-2 Pac-10) looks to get back on the winning side of the ledger Thursday against California (11-8, 4-5 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats have won 14 of 16, but hope to rebound quickly vs. a Golden Bear team that has won three straight ... Channing Frye has 12 consecutive games with 10 or more points, the longest such streak on the team ... Following a pair of home games this week, Arizona will play five of its last seven games on the road.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 297 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 728-253 (.742) and 536-161 (.769) 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 second-most Pac-10 wins (297) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.775/297-86) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (449-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 318-33 (.906) in McKale Center and have won 246 of its last 263 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 36-10 against California.
Last Time Out: Washington State’s Thomas Kelati scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Cougars to the 70-63 win last Saturday and snap Arizona’s 38-game win streak over WSU. Kelati’s trey with 52 seconds to go, one of his career-high seven on the day, broke a 63-63 tie and gave WSU the lead for good. Five Arizona players finished in double figures, but it wasn’t enough, as WSU scored on nine of its last 12 possessions.
Scouting California: The Golden Bears enter Thursday’s game with an 11-8 record (4-5 Pac-10) and winners of three straight after a 91-66 win Saturday vs. Oregon State. Cal shoots 45.8 percent from the field (483-of-1054), posts a +1.6 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 2.4 points per game. Individually, two Golden Bears average in double figures, led by Richard Midgley, who averages 14.8 points per game. Rod Benson leads the team by averaging 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Series: Thursday’s game marks the 69th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 44-24 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 12 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1924, including the last get-together, an 87-67 win in Berkeley on Jan. 6. All-time, Arizona is 22-8 in series games played in Tucson, 20-15 in Berkeley, and 2-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 103 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 87, California 67, Jan. 6, 2005: With a balanced attack and a well-timed scoring run, Arizona handed California an 87-67 defeat. Five Wildcats finished in double figures, led by Channing Frye’s game-high 20 points. After Cal scored to take a 42-40 lead with 18:35 to go, UA responded with a 21-6 run over the next 6:02 to take control of the contest. Six different Wildcats scored in the run which led to 60.7 percent shooting in the second half.
Nice Effort: Mustafa Shakur averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a pair of games for Arizona last week. The sophomore connected on 71.4 percent of his field goal attempts (10-of-14), including 2-of-4 from three-point range, and went 9-of-11 (.818) from the line, while also adding three steals. He opened the week with 19 points (5-of-7 FGs) six assists and two steals in the win over No. 10 Washington and added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists Saturday against Washington State. On the season, Shakur is averaging 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Bombs Away: Salim Stoudamire is shooting 55.6 percent (69-of-124) from the field, including an impressive 58.7 percent (37-of-63) from behind the arc in the 12 games since sitting out the Marquette game on Dec. 18 for disciplinary reasons. The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 18.9 points per game in that span and is shooting 92.9 percent (52-of-56) from the line. It’s raised his season scoring average to a career-best 17.0 points per game.
Streak Stopped: Saturday’s loss to Washington State snapped Arizona’s 38-game win streak against the Cougars, which was tied for the fifth-longest win streak against one opponent in NCAA history. The last time Washington State defeated Arizona came on Jan. 30, 1986, a 65-63 overtime win in Pullman, Wash. Five players to see action in Saturday’s game, including four WSU players, weren’t yet born the last time Washington State downed Arizona.
A Rarity: Saturday’s loss marked the first time Arizona lost a home game to a team that entered the game with a losing record since Dec. 6, 1986, in a 68-67 loss to Utah. The Utes entered that contest with a 1-2 record. Since that loss 19 seasons ago, Arizona has lost a total of 25 games at McKale Center and in only one of those losses previously has a team had as low as a .500 record. That occurred when 5-5 New Mexico defeated Arizona, 70-68, on Dec. 21, 1999. Since the start of the 1986-87 season, Arizona is 259-26 (.909) in McKale Center.
A Struggle: After opening the game shooting 59.1 percent (13-of-22) in the first half Saturday against Washington State, Arizona cooled off by hitting just 34.6 percent (9-of-26) of its shots in the second half, as the Cougars outscored UA, 37-29 over the final 20 minutes. WSU was markedly better, shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) in the second half, and was very good down the stretch as it scored on nine of its last 12 possessions. It marked the firs time this season that Arizona had lost a game in which it had led with five minutes remaining in the second half (16-1).
Long Range Assault: Arizona struggled with its perimeter defense this week as Washington and Washington State combined to shoot 45.5 percent (25-of-55) from three-point range. Nearly half of the total field goals scored against UA last week came from beyond the arc (25 of 52). Prior to that no UA opponent had made more than eight treys in a game. UW (13) and WSU (12) easily reached double figures.
Doubling Up: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic put forth a solid effort against the Cougars by posting his third double-double of the season. The 6-foot-10 forward from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, notched 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals. For Radenovic all three of his career double-doubles have come this season.
Due to Bounce Back: Salim Stoudamire came back to earth on Saturday, as the senior guard hit just 4-of-14 field goal attempts, including 0-of-5 from three-point range in the loss to Washington State. His 11 points scored was his lowest offensive output since tallying six in a 87-67 win at Cal on Jan. 6. On the year, he is shooting 51.4 percent from the floor, 54.1 percent from three-point range, and averaging 17.0 points per game.
Ball Movement: After entering Saturday’s game averaging 16.85 assists per game as a team, Arizona mustered a season-low eight assists against Washington State. UA’s previous low was 11 on Dec. 18 at Marquette in a game UA won 48-43.
Beaten: Arizona carried a 100-70 advantage in offensive rebounds, or a +4.3 per game average through the first seven conference games of the season, but Washington and Washington State turned the tables on the Wildcats by combining to post a 29-17 advantage on the offensive glass in two games last week.
League Leader: Junior Hassan Adams leads the Pac-10 Conference with a 2.10 steals per game average. No player in the league has as many as Adams’ 44 steals through 21 games. In his 83-game career, Adams is averaging 1.6 steals per game.
From the Line: A career 86 percent free throw shooter, Salim Stoudamire’s ability from the free throw is unquestioned, but one Wildcat has been connecting from the stripe with almost surprising regularity. Senior center Channing Frye is shooting 84.4 percent (81-of-96) from the line, a figure that ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and currently ranks eighth on the UA single-season free throw percentage list. Entering the season, Frye connected on 72.7 percent (242-of-343) of his charity tosses.
Three in 10: Three Wildcats are among the league leaders in offensive rebounds, as Hassan Adams, Channing Frye and Ivan Radenovic all ranks in the top 10. Adams (3rd/2.95 orpg), Frye (4th/2.76) and Radenovic (9th/2.25) combine to average nearly eight offensive rebounds per game, more than half of the team’s per game average of 14.71 offensive rebounds per game.
A Doubleheader: If your weekend wasn’t already full, here is a good way to fill your Saturday schedule without leaving Enke Drive. On Saturday, all fans who present a ticket stub from the UA-Stanford basketball game to the Sancet Field Ticket Office will be admitted free to the Arizona baseball team’s game against New Mexico at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST Saturday.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Nine times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28
16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30
16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 12-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 14 of 21 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 132-16 (.892) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 8-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School; and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following today’s game, Arizona hosts Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 5, with an 11 a.m. MST tip scheduled for CBS-TV.