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Men's Basketball Hits the Road Against Washington State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2005
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Game 28:  No. 9 Arizona (23-4, 13-2) at Washington State (10-13, 5-9)


Date:  Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005

Time:  5:30 p.m. PST

Location:  Friel Court (11,566), Pullman, Wash.

Radio:  Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

TV:  FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)


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Game Data:  No. 9 Arizona (23-4, 13-2 Pac-10) plays its last three games of the 2004-05 regular season away from home beginning Thursday at Washington State (10-13, 5-9 Pac-10) ... In eight true road games this year, the Wildcats are shooting 46.3 percent from the field and averaging 76.0 points per game, though UA is averaging 87.6 points per game in its last three road tilts ... It’s been 21 years (1983-84) since UA traveled to Pullman looking to avenge a home loss to Washington State.


The Rankings:  After a pair of wins last week, Arizona rose to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.  UA has been ranked in 300 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 734-253 (.744) and 542-161 (.771) 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 (303) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.779/303-86) 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 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 27 overall in his career, making him one of only four head coaches in NCAA history to record 27 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 322-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 250 of its last 267 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 40-3 against Washington State.


Last Time Out:  Salim Stoudamire set a school record with nine three-point field goals in Arizona’s 91-70 win over Oregon State last Sunday.  Stoudamire, who hit 9-of-14 attempts from behind the arc, scored 20 of his game-high 31 points in the first half.  His 31 points led four Wildcats in double figures, while Hassan Adams and Channing Frye each posted double-doubles.  Arizona used a 26-8 run early in the second half to put the game out of reach.


Scouting Washington State:  The Cougars enter Thursday’s game with a 10-13 record (5-9 Pac-10) after a 68-55 loss Saturday vs. Washington.  WSU shoots 39.9 percent from the field (475-of-1189), posts a -3.9 rebound margin and is outscored by 1.4 points per game.  Individually, two Cougars average in double figures, led by Thomas Kelati, who averages 13.3 points per game.  Jeff Varem leads the team by averaging 7.9 rebounds per game.


The Series:  Thursday’s game marks the 57th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 45-11 series advantage.  UA has won 38 of the last 39 meetings in the series, which dates back to Dec. 22, 1959, but Washington State captured the last get-together, 70-63, in Tucson on Jan. 29.  All-time, Arizona is 22-6 in series games played in Tucson, 19-5 in Pullman, and 4-0 in neutral-site games.  For more series information, please see page 105 of the UA basketball media guide.


Last Meeting:  Washington State 70, Arizona 63, Jan. 29, 2005:  Washington State’s Thomas Kelati scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Cougars to the seven-point win and snap Arizona’s 38-game win streak over WSU.  Kelati’s trey with 52 seconds to go, one of his career-high seven on the day, broke a 63-63 tie and gave WSU the lead for good.  Five Arizona players finished in double figures, but it wasn’t enough, as WSU scored on nine of its last 12 possessions.


Matching a Legend:  A win today would give UA coach Lute Olson his 304th career Pac-10 victory, equaling UCLA’s John Wooden for most career conference wins by a league head coach.  Entering tonight’s game, Olson has a career Pac-10 record of  303-86 (.779), while Wooden amassed a 304-74 (.810) mark while the mentor in Westwood.


Player of the Week:  Salim Stoudamire led Arizona to a home sweep of the Oregon schools by averaging 26.5 points and 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in two games this week.  The senior guard shot 56.7 percent from the field (17-of-30), including 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from three-point range, and was 6-of-6 from the free throw line as well.  He opened the week with a game-high 22 points on 7-of 14 shooting (4-of-6 from behind the arc) in Thursday’s win over Oregon and followed that with 31 points (10-of-16 FG), a rebound and an assist Sunday vs. Oregon State.  En route to the 31 points, Stoudamire set a school with nine three-point field goals (in 14 attempts) to notch his fifth consecutive 20-point game and his second 30-point game this season.  For his efforts, he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season.


Record Setter:  Salim Stoudamire set a school record with nine three-point field goals vs. Oregon State, breaking the old record of eight set by Jason Gardner on Dec. 1, 2001, in a 105-97 loss to Kansas.  Stoudamire now has 311 career three-point field goals, which is just seven shy of Gardner’s school record of 318.


Streak Stopped:  Arizona saw its streak of five consecutive game of shooting 50 percent or better end with Sunday’s 47.9 percent (34-of-71) effort vs. Oregon State.  Over the last five games, Arizona is shooting 51.9 percent from the field (166-of-320) and averaging 88.8 points per game.


Second Place:  Salim Stoudamire’s 65.0 percent (13-of-20) shooting from three-point range improved his three-point FG percentage on the season to 56.0 percent (89-of-159).  Furthermore, Stoudamire is now shooting 46.6 percent (311-of-668) from three-point range in his 119-game career, a figure that currently ties him for second place on the NCAA’s career three-point field goal percentage list.


Stat Sheet Stuffers:  Hassan Adams put forth one of his most complete games of the season with a 13-point, 10-rebound, five-steal and two-block game Sunday vs. Oregon State.  It was Adams’ third double-double of the season and the 10th of his career.  He was joined by Channing Frye, who posted 15 points and 11 rebounds (sixth this season/27th career), marking the second time this season Arizona has had two players with a double-double in the same game.


At the Point:  Mustafa Shakur posted a five-assist day Sunday vs. Oregon State, his 13th such game this season.  In his career, Arizona is 26-4 when Shakur collects five or more assists in a single game.  The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Philadelphia is averaging 4.7 assists per game this season.


Heating Up:  Arizona has scored 90 or more points in four of the last six games, a pace that has boosted the Wildcat season scoring average to 80.3 points per game.  In 15 conference games, Arizona has topped the 90-point plateau seven times and is averaging 84.9 points per game, a figure that is 11.0 points per game higher than the opposition.


The Chosen Few:  Channing Frye enters Thursday’s game three rebounds shy of becoming just the third player in Arizona history to collect 900 career rebounds.  Frye, who currently ranks third in UA history with 897 rebounds, has a career average of 7.3 rebounds per game.  He trails only Al Fleming, who grabbed 1,190 career boards from 1973-76, and Bob Elliott, who collected 1,083 career caroms between 1974-77.


A Good Start:  One of the keys to Arizona’s success this season has been its ability to build an early lead.  Through 27 games, Arizona is 39.1 points per game in the first half, 6.5 points more than the opposition.  All told, Arizona is 17-2 when leading at the half, though one of those did come at the hands of Washington State on Jan. 29.


Off the Bench:  Three players shined off the bench on Sunday, as freshman Daniel Dillon notched a career high with three rebounds to go with an assist in 10 minutes vs. the Beavers.  Fellow freshman Jesus Verdejo also chipped in with seven points, and an assist in just six minutes of Sunday’s game.  The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native hit 3-of-5 shots from the floor, including 1-of-2 from three-point range.  Senior Matt Brase also set new career highs with his four-point, four-rebound effort against Oregon State.


From Long Range:  Bolstered by Salim Stoudamire’s school-record nine treys Sunday, Arizona equaled a season best by sinking 13 treys (in 27 attempts/.481).  UA has made 13 treys in a game three times this season, but like taking a cue from Stoudamire’s accuracy, the Cats haven’t needed a lot of attempts to do so.  In fact, Arizona’s very respectable .481 shooting percentage from behind the arc against OSU was actually the lowest percentage of the bunch.  On Dec. 21 vs. Manhattan, UA shot 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from three-point range, and shot .52.0 percent (13-of-25) on Dec. 30 vs. Richmond.


Controlling the Boards:  Arizona is 17-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin.  UA has outrebounded 19 of 26 opponents in 2004-05.  Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.


On the Tube:  Arizona’s March 5 men’s basketball game at Arizona State will tip-off at 4 p.m. MST, the Pacific-10 Conference office announced Monday.  The contest was selected for national broadcast by Fox Sports Net.  It marks Arizona’s 17th national television appearance of the season.


Always on the Run:  Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Fourteen times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points.  Here is a look at the list:

24 points ?- 38-14 run over 11:33 vs. Oregon, Feb. 17

21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21

19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18

19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30

19 points ?- 19-0 run over 4:10 at UCLA, Feb. 12

18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16

18 points ?- 22-4 run over 7:50 vs. California, Feb. 3

18 points ?- 31-13 run over 9:59 vs. Oregon State, Feb. 20

17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28

16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30

16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21

16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2

16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20

16 points ?- 29-13 run over 10:56 vs. Stanford, Feb. 5


Scoring 80:  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 139-16 (.897) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.  The Cats are 15-0 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 meets Washington in a battle of the Pac-10’s nationally ranked teams.  The contest, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26, tips off at 1 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.


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