Game 18: No. 13 Arizona (14-3, 4-1) at Oregon (11-3, 3-2)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 13 Arizona (14-3, 4-1 Pac-10) opens its final road trip of the first half of the league season Thursday at Oregon (11-3, 3-2 Pac-10) ... Following this road swing to Oregon, Arizona’s next four games are at home ... The Wildcats enjoy a +5.2 turnover margin in Pac-10 play ... Over the last five games, Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 6.6 points in the second half ... UA’s starting frontline (Frye/Adams/Radenovic) combines to average 20.6 rebounds per game in conference play.
The Rankings: After winning two games last week, Arizona jumped to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 295 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 725-252 (.742) and 533-160 (.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 (294) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.776/294-85) 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 317-32 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 245 of its last 262 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 32-10 against Oregon.
Last Time Out: 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 76-73 victory over UCLA on Saturday. 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 consecutive time.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks enter Thursday’s game with an 11-3 record (3-2 Pac-10) after a 55-52 win Saturday at Washington State. Oregon shoots 49.4 percent from the field (370-of-749), posts a +5.3 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 5.9 points per game. Individually, four Ducks average in double figures, led by Aaron Brooks, who averages 16.0 points per game. Ian Crosswhite leads the club by averaging 6.1 rebounds per game.
The Series: Thursday’s game marks the 54th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 35-18 series advantage. UA has won the last four meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 12, 1979, including a 100-87 decision in Eugene on Feb. 19, 2004. The Cats have won the last two games in McArthur Court. All-time, Arizona is 21-5 in series games played in Tucson, 14-12 in Eugene, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 104 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 100, Oregon 87, Feb. 19, 2004: Salim Stoudamire scored 20 of his career-high 37 points in the first half to lead Arizona to a 100-87 decision. Stoudamire connected on all five of his three-point attempts in the first half and helped the Wildcats jump out to a 54-38 lead at the break. All told, UA shot 54.0 percent from the floor, including 62.5 percent from three-point range. Hassan Adams added 19 points and eight rebounds in the second half as UA won for the third straight game.
Player of the Week: Salim Stoudamire led Arizona to a 2-0 week by averaging 26.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists and earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts. He connected on 57.6 percent (19-of-33) of his field goal attempts, including 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from three-point range, and went 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He opened the week with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, two rebounds and three assists in the 77-68 win over USC and followed that with a season-high 32 points, including the game-winning trey with 2.5 seconds remaining. Stoudamire, who went 11-of-16 from the field, scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half, including 21 of Arizona’s last 27 points. On the season, Stoudamire is averaging a team-leading 15.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 53.0 percent from the field and 56.2 percent from three-point range. It was the third time in his career that Stoudamire has earned P.O.W. accolades and the first for the Wildcats this season.
Picking It Up: Over his last five games, Salim Stoudamire is shooting 58.0 percent (29-of-50) from the field, including an impressive 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from behind the arc. In the eight games since sitting out the Marquette game on Dec. 18 for disciplinary reasons, the 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 17.4 points per game and shooting 62.7 percent (42-of-67) from the field, 65.9 percent (27-of-41) from behind the arc and 93.3 percent (28-of-30) from the line. Incidentally, Stoudamire’s improved accuracy has helped the Wildcats as a whole shoot 47.0 percent (239-of-509) from the field in that span, an increase of 38 points over the team’s season FG percentage.
More on Salim: With his 9-of-16 shooting (.563) from behind the arc last week, Stoudamire will most likely take over the nation’s lead in three-point field goal percentage at .562 (50-of-89). Of his 151 field goal attempts through 16 games played, nearly 60 percent 89-of-151/.589) have come from three-point range. While the season is only half over, Stoudamire’s .562 three-point field goal percentage trails only Steve Kerr’s 57.3 percent mark (114-of-199) in 1987-88 in the UA single-season record book. He also tied his cousin, Damon (1992-95), for second on the career treys list with 272.
Heating Up: The Wildcat offense has increased its productivity in Pac-10 play by averaging 82.6 points in the first five games. Additionally, Arizona is shooting 45.3 percent (149-of-329) from the field in that span, a figure that is 21 points higher than its overall field goal percentage of 43.2 percent. Incidentally, UA is 4-0 this year when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
On the Glass: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in Saturday’s win, which was the second-best rebounding total for a Wildcat this season. It was his third double-figure rebound game this season. The 6-foot-10 forward from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, has boosted his rebounding average to 7.2 rebounds per game in conference play which is a better than two rebound improvement over his season rebounds per game average of 5.1.
Clamping Down: After allowing Pac-10 foes to shoot 50 percent or better in five of six consecutive halves, Arizona finally got down to its defensive business in the second half against UCLA by limiting the Bruins to just 8-of-30 (.267) shooting in the second half of Saturday’s win, including only 1-of-9 from behind the arc.
Turning it Over: In sweeping the Southern California schools this week, Arizona forced a combined total of 46 turnover in the two victories. The +17 turnover margin led to a 52-26 advantage for the week in turnover points. Eight times this season Arizona has forced the opposition into 20 or more turnovers, including five of the last eight games. UA’s +3.65 turnover margin ranks second in the Pac-10 this season and the club is 11-2 in 2004-05 when forcing more miscues than it commits.
Winning the Close Ones: Salim Stoudamire’s heroics Saturday enabled Arizona to improve its record to 5-1 this season in games decided by five points or less. By comparison, the Wildcats were only 4-6 in that situation last season.
Moving Up: With five rebounds on Saturday, senior Channing Frye moved into a tie for fifth place on Arizona’s career rebounding list with Michael Wright (1998-2001) at 832. In Frye’s 113-game career, he is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.
Bouncing Back: Mustafa Shakur rebounded from the first scoreless game of his career Thursday, to tally seven points and four assists in the win over UCLA. The sophomore guard from Philadelphia was also very active on the glass, as he grabbed seven rebounds. On the season, Shakur is averaging 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Long Range Difficulty: One thing that has been consistently good is UA’s three-point field goal percentage defense. Arizona ranks fourth in the Pac-10 by allowing just a .311 three-point FG percentage. On average, UA opponents make 5.4 treys per game. Last season, opponents shot better than 36 percent from three-point range and made an average of 8.1 treys per game.
Influence on both Ends: Hassan Adams has been an active defender of late, collecting four steals in each of his last three games. The effort has moved him into the team lead with 34 steals and his 2.0 steals per game average ranks him second in the Pac-10. In addition to leading the team in steals, Adams ranks second on the club in blocks (8) and rebounding (5.6 rpg), and third in scoring (12.2 ppg) and assists (43).
If You Like Offense: For whatever reason, the Cats and Ducks aren’t shy when it comes to points, especially when playing each other. In the last seven meetings the teams have combined to score 1,183 points, or an average of 169 points per meeting. In each of those meetings, the winner has scored at least 80 points and won by an average of 94-75.
Worth the Wait: After sitting out the first 15 games with the plan of redshirting, sophomore Kirk Walters made his 2004-05 debut on Thursday vs. USC by collecting a rebound in 12 minutes of action. He followed that with five points and a career-high five rebounds in Saturday’s win over UCLA. As Olson said following the USC game about giving up Walters’ redshirt, “It was great to get Kirk in there. He’s been playing really well in practice situations. He just needs time. He’ll be a big difference for us. We’ve been toying with the idea of putting him in because he’s been playing so well in practice. He’s obviously going to be in the lineup next year, so we need to get him his experience.”
Controlling the Glass: Arizona is 10-1 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and five times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 11 of 17 opponents in 2004-05, though the team has been outrebounded in each of its last three outings. 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 130-16 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 6-0 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 tonight’s game, Arizona heads to Corvallis Saturday to conclude this two-game road swing. UA meets Oregon State on Jan. 22 with tip-of scheduled for 5 p.m. PST on Fox Sports Net.