Game 7: No. 16
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006
Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman/Dick Vitale)
Game Data: No. 16 Arizona (5-1, 0-0 Pac-10) travels across the country to face Louisville (2-1, 0-0 Big East) as part of the 2006 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden ... Arizona is in the middle of a three-game road swing that will cover 5,210 miles ... This is the Wildcats’ sixth game in Madison Square Garden since November 2001 and the team is 4-1 in the previous five games there ... UA has scored 84 or more points in all six games to date.
The Rankings: Arizona slipped to No. 16 in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after winning its lone game last week (as of Nov. 27). The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll this season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 766-270 (.739) and 574-178 (.763) 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 24-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 22 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 second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 337-35 (.906) in
Last Time Out: The Wildcats exorcised a few demons and enacted a small piece of revenge in earning a hard-fought 84-72 victory over
Scouting Louisville: The Cardinals (2-1, 0-0 Big East) enter play tonight hoping to build on Saturday’s 99-69 win over Sacramento State, As a team, Louisville averages 87.7 points per game, shoots 51.1 percent (89-of-174) from the field and is equal on the glass with an average of 34.7 rebounds per game. Sporting a balanced attack, eight
The Series: Tonight’s game is the fourth meeting of the two schools with
The Last Meeting:
Against the Big East:
At MSG: Since making its first appearance at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in December of 1947, Arizona has compiled a 11-5 (.688) mark all-time at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” including a 10-1 record under Lute Olson.
Lute at the Garden: Lute Olson’s success at MSG is not limited to his time in
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Bouncing Back: Needless to say, falling behind by 16 points in the first 13 minutes of a game doesn’t come close to qualifying as a good start, but the Wildcats certainly rallied for what could be termed a strong finish. Trailing 35-19 with 7:32 to go in the first,
Random Notes from the
That’s Familiar: One of the keys to victory on Saturday was
20-Point Games: Saturday against
Stepping Up: Senior point guard Mustafa Shakur continues to provide a great deal of efficient productivity from the point guard position. The 6-foot-3
No Need to Sub: The UA starting five has been the driving force behind the squad’s improved field goal percentage this year. As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 53.3 percent from the field (194-of-364), which is nearly 100 points better than last year’s .446 figure. All told, the UA starting five combines to shoot 56.0 percent (173-of-309) as a group with four topping the 50 percent plateau. The quintet also shoots a respectable .425 (37-of-87) from three-point range. Incidentally,
More than Just Points: Sophomore Marcus Williams made quite an impact in Saturday’s win, and he did so in more ways than just scoring. In addition to his 20 points, the 6-foot-7 forward notched new career highs with three blocked shots and four steals in 37 minutes played. On the season, the
Quietly Productive: With all of
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 155-19 (.891) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
Preseason Prognostications: According to media members that regularly cover the Pacific-10 Conference,
Preseason Kudos: Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams were named to the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, the award’s national selection committee announced Oct. 17. Shakur, a 6-foot-3, senior guard from
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following tonight’s game,