No. 1 Seed Arizona (26-5, 15-3) at Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals
Date: Friday, March 11, 2005
Time: 6:15 p.m. PST
Location: Staples Center (19,282), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: No. 1 seed Arizona (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Saturday and will face No. 5 seed Oregon State (17-13, 8-10 Pac-10) ... Arizona’s 14 wins and four titles (1988-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reborn in the Staples Center, UA is 5-2 in tournament action.
The Rankings: After winning its only game last week, Arizona rose to No. 8 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 302 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Last Time Out: Channing Frye hit 10-of-11 field goals en route to a game-high 22 points as Arizona posted a convincing 88-63 win over California in Thursday’s Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal. Frye’s accuracy key a Wildcat effort that saw the squad shoot 58.1 percent (36-of-62) from the field, its second-best effort of the season. UA posted a 39-27 rebound advantage and limited California to just 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the floor. Frye was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures.
A Regular Occurrence: With the win Thursday, Arizona advanced to the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals for the sixth time in the event’s eight-year history. All-time, Arizona is 14-3 in Pac-10 Tournament play.
Winning Comfortably: Arizona’s 25-point win was its fourth-biggest winning margin of the season, and the biggest since a 92-67 win over Oregon on Feb. 17. Through 26 games, Arizona posts a +10.1 scoring margin. Incidentally, the 25-point win was the second largest in Pac-10 Tournament history, topped only by Arizona’s 93-67 win over Oregon State in the 1988 championship game.
Record Breaker: It took all of 30 seconds for Salim Stoudamire to set a new school record. The 6-foot-1 senior hit a trey 30 seconds into Thursday’s win to notch his 319th career three-point field goal, which broke a tie with former Wildcat Jason Gardner (1999-2003). Stoudamire enters Friday’s semifinal just five treys shy of breaking the Pac-10 career record of 323, which is currently held by Arizona State’s Stevin Smith.
Center of Attention: Channing Frye’s 10-of-11 (.909) field goal shooting on Thursday was just shy of the Pac-10 Tournament record of .917 (11-of-12) set by Arizona’s Anthony Cook in 1989. Incidentally, Frye has been red hot of late, as the 6-foot-11 senior has connected on 74.0 percent of his field goal attempts (37-of-50) over his last four games. The effort has raised his team-leading field goal percentage to 53.6 percent (188-of-351).
oFF tHE bENCH: In building as much as a 30-point lead against Cal, Arizona was able to rest the starters, as the starting five averaged just 23.4 minutes played. The UA used all 13 players and the bench logged a total of 83 minutes. All told, the UA bench tallied 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Stepping Up: Freshman Jawann McClellan certainly stepped up his play in his first postseason appearance, as the Houston native collected 14 points, four rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes. McClellan his 6-of-8 shots from the floor, including 2-of-2 from three-point range as he notched the his double-figure game of the season.
On the Glass: Arizona improved to 20-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, as UA posted a 39-27 rebound advantage in Thursday’s win. It was also the squad’s seventh game with a +10 or more rebound margin. Arizona has outrebounded 22 of 31 opponents in 2004-05.
Getting Shots: Salim Stoudamire took just six shots in Thursday’s win, which marked the fewest number of shots Stoudamire has taken since he took one Jan. 6 at California. His seven points scored was just the second time he has finished out of double figures in the last 18 games.