Game 25: No. 12 Arizona (20-4, 10-2) at UCLA (13-7, 7-5)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005
Time: 5 p.m. PST
Location: Wooden Court at Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 12 Arizona (20-4, 10-2 Pac-10) closes the Southern California road trip with a Saturday evening game at UCLA (13-7, 7-5 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats had better get used to the road as four of its last six regular season games are away from home ... A win today would give Arizona its second road sweep in the conference season after getting none last season ... Arizona posts a +8.8 rebound margin in Pac-10 road games this season.
The Rankings: After a pair of wins last week, Arizona rose to No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 and remained at No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 298 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 731-253 (.743) and 539-161 (.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 second-most Pac-10 wins (300) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.777/300-86) 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 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 320-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 248 of its last 265 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 27-19 against UCLA.
Last Time Out: Salim Stoudamire scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as Arizona posted an 88-76 win Thursday at USC and gave Lute Olson his 300th career Pac-10 victory. Stoudamire scored 11 consecutive points in the first to lead the Cats to a nine-point lead at the break, then UA opened the second with an 18-8 run that put the game out of reach. Stoudamire was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures.
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins enter Saturday’s game with an 13-7 record (7-5 Pac-10) after a decisive 95-76 win Thursday against Arizona State. UCLA shoots 45.6 percent from the field (512-of-1122), posts a +3.8 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 1.8 points per game. Individually, three Bruins average in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson, who averages 18.9 points per game. He also leads the team by averaging 8.2 rebounds per game.
The Series: Thursday’s game marks the 69th meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 38-30 series advantage. UA has won 10 of the last 13 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, including the last get-together, a 76-73 UA win in Tucson on Jan. 15. All-time, Arizona is 18-11 in series games played in Tucson, 11-25 in Los Angeles, and 1-2 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 104 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 76, UCLA 73, Jan. 15, 2005: Salim Stoudamire scored 24 of his season-high 32 points in the second half, including the game-winning trey with 2.5 seconds to go to lead Arizona to the hard-fought victory. The senior connected on 9-of-11 field goal attempts after the break in scoring 21 of Arizona’s last 27 points. After trailing 42-38 at the half, the Wildcats limited the Bruins to just 26.7 percent shooting in the final stanza as Arizona defeated UCLA in McKale Center for the eighth straight time.
Milestones: Thursday’s win today helped Lute Olson achieve two more milestones. First, it give Arizona its 18th consecutive 20-win season, which is the longest active streak in the nation, and the 28th in school history. Furthermore, it was Olson’s 27th career 20-win season, which tied him with Texas Tech’s Bob Knight and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim for second most in NCAA history. Secondly, a win also give Olson 300 career Pac-10 victories, ranking him behind only UCLA’s John Wooden (304) on the league’s career victories list.
On Target: The Wildcats continued its run of outstanding shooting, as the club has a .549 (152-of-277) field goal percentage in its last five games. Actually, UA has shot 50 percent or better in five of its last six games. Thursday at USC, Arizona shot 56.7 percent (34-of-60) from the floor and extended its streak to six consecutive halves shooting better than 50 percent. Incidentally, Arizona is 9-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
Straight Shooters: Arizona shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the floor in the second half against USC. The Cats opened the half by hitting 10 of its first 13 field goal after the halftime break. Getting shots close to the basket certainly helped. At one point of the second half, Arizona had a 24-4 points in the paint advantage en route to a 48-32 advantage for the game.
Setting the tone: The Arizona starting five has taken good shooting to heart, as the quintet of Ivan Radenovic, Hassan Adams, Channing Frye, Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire is shooting a combined 61.0 percent from the field over the last three games. In that span, that group has hit 83-of-136 field goal attempts.
Warming Up: It’s no surprise that two of the Pac-10’s veterans are heating as the regular season winds down and UCLA’s Dijon Thompson and Arizona’s Salim Stoudamire both enjoyed strong performances on Thursday. Thompson scored 39 points and added six rebounds in the win over ASU, while Stoudamire tallied 26 points and four rebounds against USC. The last time these clubs met, Stoudamire (32) and Thompson (27) combined for 59 points and 21-of-32 (.656) shooting.
Consistent: By efficiently hitting 7-of-9 field goals Thursday, Channing Frye amassed 14 points against the Trojans. For Frye, it was his team-leading 15th consecutive game in double figures and the 20 in 2004-05. Additionally, it was the 80th time that he has scored 10 or more points.
Team Leader: Hassan Adams continues to put up solid numbers game in and game out. Adams is averaging 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, while totaling 11 assists, 12 steals and three blocked shots, while shooting 59.5 percent (25-of-42) from the field. Adams leads the team with 52 steals, ranks second on the club in rebounds (5.6 rpg), assists (66) and blocked shots (12), and ranks third with a 12.1 points per game average.
Running it Up: Much can be made about Arizona’s ability to post large scoring runs (see “Always on the Run” below). That ability was on display Thursday, as Arizona had three scoring runs of 10 points or more. One of those streaks saw Salim Stoudamire score 11 consecutive points in just one minute of play. In that run, all 11 points came directly off four USC turnovers.
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 14-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 16 of 24 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Last Line of Defense: Channing Frye equaled a season high four blocked shots on Thursday, marking his second straight game with four blocked shots. On the year, Frye is averaging 1.9 blocked shots per game. He currently ranks second in Pac-10 history with 218 career clocked shots.
Points A plenty: Salim Stoudamire’s 26 points Thursday marked his 10th 20-point scoring game this season. Six of those 10 efforts featured Stoudamire pouring in 25 or more, and all of those have come in the last eight games.
Off the Bench: Arizona got nice production off its bench on Thursday, totaling 19 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. All told, the UA bench amassed 73 minutes in the win over USC.
Get Ahead, Stay Ahead: An Ivan Radenovic three-point play with 18:21 to go in the first half gave Arizona a lead it would not relinquish. Through 24 games, the Wildcats have been good at getting a lead and keeping it ?- the Cats are 13-1 when leading after the first 10 minutes.
Getting After it: Freshman Jawann McClellan showed his worth at both ends of the floor on Thursday, as he hit 4-of-6 shots and finished with eight points. At other end, he collected a team-best three steals, which was also a career high for the Houston native.
On the Glass: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic tallied 12 rebounds (10 defensive) in Thursday’s game. The total was two shy of his career high, set Jan. 15 vs. UCLA, an was Radenovic’s fifth double-figure rebounding game this season. All told, three Arizona players have collected a total of 15 double-figure games on the glass. Channing Frye leads the Cats with eight, while Hassan Adams has two to his credit.
On the RIse: Bolstered by a career-best 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line, sophomore Kirk Walters equaled a career high Thursday by tallying six points against USC, while also grabbing two rebounds in 18 minutes. Over his last five games, the 6-foot-10 Walters is averaging 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Eleven 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
18 points ?- 22-4 run over 7:50 vs. California, Feb. 3
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
16 points ?- 29-13 run over 10:56 vs. Stanford, Feb. 5
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 135-16 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 11-0 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 Saturday’s game, Arizona returns home for its final two home games of the season. The Wildcats host Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. MST, and the game can be seen on FSN Arizona. The home slate concludes on Sunday, Feb. 20, when UA hosts Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. MST.