Game 13: No. 7
Date: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Bank of
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 7 Arizona (11-1, 2-0 Pac-10) hits the road to take on No. 24 Washington (10-3, 0-2 Pac-10) Thursday in Seattle ... Four of the Wildcats’ next six games will be on the road ... In the Lute Olson era, Arizona has a league best 136-71 (.657) record in Pac-10 road games ... The last five UA-UW meetings in Seattle have been decided by an average of six points with two of the contests going into extra periods ... Those five games have been high-scoring affairs, as the losing team has scored at least 83 points four times in that span.
The Rankings: Following a pair of victories last week
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 772-270 (.741) and 580-178 (.765) 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 (318) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.772/318-94) 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 341-35 (.907) in
Last Time Out: Mustafa Shakur and Ivan Radenovic combined to score 23 of
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the 60th meeting of the two schools with
Player of the Week: In leading
Streaking: UA’s current 11-game win streak equals the longest streak of the last nine seasons. The last
Heating Up: The move to conference play didn’t cool the Cats off, as the team shot better than 60 percent from the field in both wins over
Honor Among Thieves: Led by Ivan Radenovic (4) and Chase Budinger (3),
Capitalizing on Opportunities: Look no further than the free throw line for an indication of success, as the Wildcats have made 102 more free throws than opponents have attempted this season. But here is something a little more interesting. Over the last 10 games, UA has outscored the opposition by a 187-45 margin from the stripe ?- or an average of 18.7-4.5 points per game. In that span, opponents have attempted at least 10 free throws only twice, while
Not to be Overlooked: Sophomore Marcus Williams also enjoyed a strong first week of conference play, as he averaged 22.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the wins over
Good and Getting Better: Without mincing words, senior Mustafa Shakur is enjoying the best season of his career. The 6-foot-3 point guard from
Productivity in the Middle: One player who made unexpected contributions last week was freshman Jordan Hill. The 6-foot-9 forward from
Steady: Through 12 games, Chase Budinger ranks second on the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.552/74-of-134), third in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and fourth in assists (1.8 apg). He’s scored in double figures in 11 of 12 starts and has pulled down five or more rebounds seven times. He played a season-high 37 minutes in Saturday’s win over Stanford, collecting 13 points, four rebounds and three steals without a turnover.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 158-19 (.893) 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.
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)
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 tonight’s contest,