Date: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Haas Pavilion (11,877),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Arizona (15-9, 8-5 Pac-10) begins its last road trip of the regular season Thursday at California (15-6, 9-3 Pac-10) ... The Cats hope to continue the momentum built with two home wins last weekend, but are 5-8 this season away from home ... Over its last 10 games, Arizona is shooting 45.2 percent (280-of-620) from the field, including 32.2 percent (38-of-118) from three-point range, both improvements over the season-long statistics (.442/.311).
The Rankings: For the fifth 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 756-265 (.740) and 564-173 (.765) 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 (313) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.773/313-92) 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 331-34 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 72nd meeting of the two schools with
Rodgers Returns: After being dismissed from the team on Jan. 18, guard Chris Rodgers was reinstated and returned to practice on Monday. The 6-foot-4 senior from
Power Forward Productivity: In leading
Either Way, Ws are OK: The
Board Work: Bolstered by a 17-7 offensive rebound edge,
Triangulating a Win:
Standing Tall: The Wildcats have enjoyed unseen levels of productivity from center Kirk Walters of late. In his last six games, the 6-foot-10 junior from
Put the Throttle Down: The Wildcats reached the 80-point plateau Saturday for the seventh time this season and UA is undefeated when accomplishing the feat. It was just the third time the team scored 80 or more in Pac-10 play and only two of those came at home. Last year,
Multiple Miscues: The Wildcats forced Oregon State into 25 turnovers on Saturday, including 16 in the first half, which marked the 13th time this season that UA had forced 20 or more turnovers in a game, but the first time in the last five games. On the season,
Equal Distribution: Balance was the word of the day Saturday, as 10 of the 11 Wildcats to see action grabbed at least one rebound and eight of 11 scored points. All told, UA reserves logged a total of 62 minutes in Saturday’s win.
4+5: The Arizona frontcourt has been increasingly productive over the last four games, The duo of Kirk Walters and Ivan Radenovic have combined to shoot 48-of-70 (.686) from the floor and are averaging 28.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
No Day Off: Hassan Adams tallied a season-low eight points in Saturday’s win, just the second time this season that he has finished out of double figures. He enjoyed a rare day off from shouldering the scoring burden by posting a career-high nine assists to go with two steals in the effort. In addition to his team-leading 18.3 points per game average,
With Regularity: Mustafa Shakur knocked down 11-of-12 free throws last week, including the decisive pair with four seconds to go Thursday that helped Arizona claim the 70-68 win over Oregon. The 6-foot-3 guard has been exceptional from the line of late, knocking down 38-of-42 (.905) free throw attempts in his last 10 games. The effort has raised his season percentage to 81.9 percent (77-of-94).
Off the Bench: Sophomore guard Daniel Dillon enjoyed his most productive game of the season for the Wildcats, as he tallied nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes. He connected on 3-of-4 field goal attempts en route to setting or equaling nine season or career highs Saturday against the Beavers.
Continuing Education: Freshman Fendi Onobun also continues to be productive. Against the Beavers, Onobun posted six points (3-of-5 FG), a season-high six rebounds in 14 minutes. On the season, the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and is shooting 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from the field.
Back at It:
Big On Bret: Sophomore forward Bret Brielmaier equaled a career high with five rebounds (four offensive) Saturday against
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
24-7 run over 9:53 at UCLA, Feb. 4 (UA 9-of-13 FG, 6-of-6 FT in run; UCLA 3-of-10 FG)
22-6 run over 8:19 at
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.
25-11 run over 9:27 vs. USC, Jan. 7 (USC 4-of-13 FG, eight turnovers during run)
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