Game 26: No. 19
Date: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007
Time: 11 a.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: CBS (Dick Enberg/Bill Raftery)
Game Data: No. 19 Arizona (17-8, 8-6 Pac-10) closes the home portion of the 2006-07 season Saturday morning against No. 5 UCLA (22-3, 11-2 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... It’s the first time Arizona has hosted UCLA in the home finale since March 6, 1999, an 87-70 UA win ... The Cats find itself in the unenviable position of trying to avoid a home sweep against the nation’s fifth-ranked team ... It looks like today’s game could be a race to 70 points ?- in Pac-10 play Arizona is 8-4 when scoring 70 or more points, while in it’s three conference defeats, UCLA allows an average of 71.0 points per game.
The Rankings: After a sweep of two road games last week, Arizona jumped to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each AP poll to date 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 778-277 (.737) and 586-185 (.760) 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 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (324) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/324-100) 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 344-39 (.898) in
Last Time Out: Holding a 71-67 lead with 5:49 to go, Arizona was outscored 13-4 the rest of the way as USC won, 80-75, Thursday, its first in Tucson for the first time since January 1985. Ultimately, turnovers killed the Cats, as the team amassed 16, including four in the last five minutes. All told, USC held a 20-13 points off turnovers advantage in a game decided by five points. UA shot 50 percent from the field and posted a 37-29 rebound advantage, but had no collective answer for USC’s Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart, who each scored 26 points.
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins (22-3, 11-2 Pac-10) rebounded from a non-conference loss at
The Series: Today’s game is the 74th meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 42-31 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 18 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, but UCLA has won the last four, including the last meeting, a 73-69 triumph in
Last Meeting: UCLA 73,
Red Sky Morning, Sailor’s Warning...: So, it’s not exactly true to the old sea adage, but UA fans have been asked to turn
Regular Season Finales: During the Lute Olson era,
A Select Trio of Wildcats: A start today by senior Mustafa Shakur would be the 124th of his career, a figure that would move him into third place on the
Against Ranked Opponents: Thursday’s loss dropped
It wasn’t Supposed to GO Like That: The Wildcats shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the field in Thursday’s game, a feat the team has accomplished just three times in its last 12 games. Usually, the 50-percent plateau is a strong indicator of success, as the Cats were a spotless 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field prior to Thursday’s loss to USC.
Tight Games are Tough: Thursday’s five-point loss to USC marked
Nov. 12 at
Jan. 6 at
Jan. 14 vs.
Feb. 1 vs.
Feb. 15 vs. USC: led 71-67 with 5:49 to go, UA 1-of-7 FG, four TO; outscored 13-4 to close
Not Making the Familiar Trip: To the free throw line, that is.
In Reserve: Junior Daniel Dillon put forth a productive six minutes Thursday. The 6-foot-3 native of
Multifaceted: Freshman Chase Budinger led all Wildcats with 19 points Thursday and added five rebounds, a season-high four assists, a block and two steals. He remains one of
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 161-19 (.894) 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
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
25-8 run over 9:01 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
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)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
22-10 run over 8:25 at
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 today’s game,