Game 4: No. 9
Date: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005
Time: 5 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 9 Arizona (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10) returns home to open the home portion of its schedule Sunday vs. Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) ... Today’s game marks the latest home opener for the Wildcats since the 2001-02 season when the club played its first home game on Dec. 1 ... Arizona plays five of its next seven games at McKale Center ... Eight of the 11 Wildcats to see action this season are averaging better than 10 minutes per game ... These two teams will also meet in each of the next two seasons.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 742-258 (.742) and 550-166 (.768) 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 most Pac-10 wins (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) 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 21 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 best winning percentage over the past 18 years (479-118/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 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
Last Time Out: Trailing by 15 points with 7:54 to go,
The Series: Today’s game marks the third meeting of the two schools with the series tied at one win apiece. Both games have been decided by double figures, including last season’s 78-60 Cavalier triumph on Nov. 21. All-time,
Last Meeting: Virginia 78, Arizona 60; Nov. 21, 2004: Virginia used a 14-2 run in the last six minutes of the first half to break open a two-point game and earn the 78-60 victory. The Cavaliers outrebounded
Against the ACC: All time,
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 23 years,
In Case you were wondering: The last time
Eerily Similar: Arizona’s season-opening, three-game effort at the EA Sports Maui Invitational proved to be statistically similar to the Cats’ three-game trek across the country to play in finals of the Preseason N.I.T. ?- by more than just the 1-2 record that resulted from each. Last season,
Off Target: Through three games, the Wildcats have struggled from the floor, connecting on 36.1 percent (69-of-191) of its field goal attempts. Only one player (Mustafa Shakur/.500/11-of-22) with a significant number of field goal attempts has a shooting percentage of at least 50 percent. While in
Not Up to Par: One statistic that hasn’t been up to par has been the Wildcats’ free throw percentage, which stands at 63.2 percent (48-of-76). By comparison, the Wildcats have shot a cumulative 70.2 percent (12,375-of-17,637) from the free throw line in Lute Olson’s first 22 seasons in
Beaten on the Glass: In Wednesday’s loss to
Watch List: Hassan Adams, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from
Finding Positives: Despite the fact that
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
Call Them Pirates: With all of the thieving that went on in the islands, maybe a nickname change is in order as the Wildcats collected a total of 39 steals in the three games in
Cause and Effect: The steals mentioned above, and the defensive pressure that goes with it, went a long way towards
Top 20: Hassan Adams enters today’s game just nine points shy of moving into the top 20 of
20-Point Plateau: By pouring in 20 points Wednesday vs.
From the Point: Junior Mustafa Shakur tallied 10 points, six assists (against one turnover) and two steals in 38 minutes vs.
Becoming More Comfortable: Freshman Marcus Williams took a big step towards finding his comfort zone Wednesday vs.
Shoring Up the Middle: Center Kirk Walters play in
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
The Next Level: With the 2005-06 National Basketball Association regular season underway, no fewer than 10 former Wildcats are on active NBA rosters. Only one school has more alumni in the league (Duke, 11). Here is the complete list: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards; Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings; Channing Frye, New York Knicks; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzlies; Salim Stoudamire, Atlanta Hawks; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers, and Loren Woods, Toronto Raptors. Incidentally, the Pac-10 ranks third among the NCAA Division I conferences with 38 former players in the NBA, trailing only the Big East (50) and ACC (49).
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Chase Budinger (F, 6-7, 190) from
Up Next: Following today’s game,