Game 10: No. 9
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: The 22nd Annual Chase Fiesta Bowl Classic sets the scene as No. 9 Arizona (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10) hosts No. 18 Memphis (8-2, 1-0 C-USA) Wednesday night in McKale Center ... After 21 years of a four-team tournament format, the Fiesta Bowl Classic has morphed into a one-game showcase event ... All-time, Arizona is 41-1 in Fiesta Bowl Classic play ... Tonight’s game is the first of what could be nine national appearances on Fox Sports Net during the regular season.
The Rankings: Following a victory on Sunday,
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 769-270 (.740) and 577-178 (.764) 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 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 338-35 (.906) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the sixth meeting of the two schools with
Marquee Matchup: Tonight’s game features two nationally ranked teams in No. 9 Arizona and No. 18 Memphis. It is also the first ranked opponent for the Wildcats this season, which is somewhat abnormal. Dec. 20 is the latest date into the season that
Bouncing Back: In directing
Don’t Change a Thing: A balanced offensive attack helped
Safe at Home: It’s certainly not surprising that UA’s output would receive a boost when playing at home. Based on the numbers, The Wildcats really enjoy the comforts of
From the Line: Look no further than the free throw line for an indication of success, as the Wildcats have made 67 more free throws than opponents have attempted this season. But here is something a little more interesting. Over the last seven games, UA has outscored the opposition by a 127-28 margin from the stripe ?- or an average of 18.1-4.0 points per game. In that span, opponents have attempted at least 10 free throws only once, while
Crashing the Boards: En route to the 87-62 win over
Nearing a Milestone: Senior Ivan Radenovic enters tonight’s game 12 points shy of 1,000 career points. When he does so, he will become the 41st player in school history to top the 1,000-point plateau. Currently, Radenovic is averaging 9.9 points per game over his 100-game career.
Double Double-Doubles: Marcus Williams notched his second straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He was joined in such territory by Ivan Radenovic, who tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Those were
Good All Over: Junior Jawann McClellan continues to make steady contributions across the board. Sunday against
From in Close:
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 156-19 (.891) 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
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.
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)
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
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.
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