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Arizona Faces Team
Arizona Faces Team
Date: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006
Time: Noon MST
Radio: KTUC AM 1400 in
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2006-07 exhibition portion of the schedule with a game against Team Georgia ... It’s the third consecutive year that Team Georgia, a collection of former college players based in Atlanta, has played an exhibition game in McKale Center ... The Wildcats should be chomping at the proverbial bit as this is the squad’s first taste of outside competition.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is set to begin his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 761-269 (.739) and 569-177 (.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 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 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 333-35 (.905) in
Last Time Out: Ivan Radenovic scored a game-high 35 points to lead the Blue team to a 93-81 victory, Oct. 26, in the annual Pepsi Red-Blue Game. The 6-foot-10 senior forward connected on 12-of-18 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws to go with 10 rebounds. He was one of four Blue team members to finish in double figures and his efforts helped that squad shoot 52.9 percent (36-of-68) from the field. Nic Wise scored 22 to lead the Red, while teammate Chase Budinger added 20.
Plenty Of Minutes: There were plenty of minutes to go around during the Red-Blue Game, as 11 players logged more than 25 minutes. That will certainly change Saturday against Team
Straight Shooting: After last season’s team field goal percentage of .446 (909-of-2,037), improvement is a definite must. There was notable improvement during the Red-Blue Game, as the teams combined to shoot 46.8 percent (65-of-139) from the floor. Bolstered by Ivan Radenovic’s effort (12-of-18 FGs), the Blue squad connected on 36-of-68 attempts (52.9 percent). In fact, five of the seven players to wear the blue uniform shot 50 percent or better from the floor.
Step Back: Assuming that one game can cement such a claim, the improved shooting the Wildcats displayed during the Red-Blue Game also extended to areas behind the arc. In that scrimmage, UA shot a combined 39.5 percent (15-of-38) from three-point range, a figure that was 76 percentage points higher than last season’s .319 three-point FG percentage.
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
Nice to Have Him Back: After sitting out much of last season due to academics and a season-ending wrist injury, it was nice to Jawann McClellan back in action. The 6-foot-4 junior scored 22 points, grabbed six boards and passed out three assists in 29 minutes of action. McClellan hit 9-of-16 field goal attempts, including 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Something to Look Forward to:
Anyone For Exercise?: UA head coach Lute Olson and the men’s basketball team will participate in CatWalk ?'06 presented by Alliance Bank, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 5. Registration on the UA Mall begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. There is a post-walk expo and entertainment beginning at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the Bobbi OIson Fund for Women’s Cancer Research at the
Conflicting Media: The start time of today’s basketball game was moved to noon to avoid a conflict with the scheduled start of the