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Men's Basketball Game Notes, 2/8/2007
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Release: 02/09/2007
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Game 23:  No. 24 Arizona (15-7, 6-5) at Oregon State (9-15, 1-10)

 

Date:  Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007

Time:  7:30 p.m. PST

Location:  Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.

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

TV:  FSNAZ (Brian Davis/Bob Elliott/Bob Weiss)

 

Game Data:  No. 24 Arizona (15-7, 6-5 Pac-10) opens a two-game road trip Thursday in Corvallis, Ore., against Oregon State (9-15, 1-10 Pac-10) in Gill Coliseum ... This game opens the closing stretch of the schedule where the Cats will play five of its last seven regular season games on the road ... UA faced the same scheduling quirk back in 2004-05 and went 6-1 in that span ... Offense may prove to be the difference in this one as UA and OSU both allow in the neighborhood of 70 points per game ... Arizona has lost two of its last three games at Gill Coliseum and is 2-4 on the road this season.

 

The Rankings:  After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and out of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.  The Wildcats have been ranked in each AP poll to date this season.

 

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 776-276 (.738) and 584-184 (.760) 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 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (322) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.765/322-99) 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 344-38 (.901) in McKale Center and have won 272 of its last 294 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 42-8 against Oregon State.

 

Last Time Out:  Arizona put forth its best offensive effort in a month and rolled to an 84-54 win over Washington last Saturday.  Five Wildcats finished in double figures as the squad posted the most points since Jan. 4.  UA shot 57.4 percent from the field for the game and limited UW to just 38.3 percent shooting, including 3-of-20 from three-point range.  Arizona used a 25-8 run in the first half to break open a one-point game.  Jordan Hill led all players with 16 points, eight boards and five blocks.

 

Scouting Oregon State:  The Beavers (9-15, 1-10 Pac-10) enter tonight’s game riding a six-game losing streak following Saturday’s 82-35 loss at UCLA.  As a team, OSU averages 64.2 points per game, shoots 42.3 percent (587-of-1,388) from the field and posts a -3.6 per game rebound margin.  Defensively, OSU allows 69.9 points per game and a .468 field goal percentage.  Two Beavers average in double figures, led by Marcel Jones’ 15.9 points per game figure.  He also leads the club with a 5.8 rebounds per game mark.

 

The Series:  Tonight’s game is the 63rd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 45-17 series advantage. UA has won 12 of the last 14 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, including the last meeting, 83-72, on Jan. 11, in Tucson. All-time, Arizona is 26-5 in series games played in Tucson, 17-12 in Corvallis, and 2-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.

 

Last Meeting:  Arizona 83, Oregon State 72, Jan. 11, 2007:  Marcus Williams tallied 27 points, eight boards and four assists and Chase Budinger notched his second double-double of the year as Arizona rebounded to win its 13th game of the year.  The Wildcats took turns building big leads ?- nine times the lead was 19 points or more ?- and giving it back ?- five times the lead dipped to 10 or less.  Regardless, UA’s 15-point lead at the break proved to be the difference, where Williams and Budinger combined for 30 of UA’s 42 points.

 

Team Leader:  Arizona split a pair of games as freshman Chase Budinger averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field.  The 6-foot-7 forward also connected on 4-of-10 (.400) three-point attempts and added three steals.  He opened the week with a game-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and two steals in the loss to Washington State.  Budinger came back with a 15-point, seven-rebound, three-assist effort in Saturday’s win over Washington.  He connected on 6-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-5 three-point attempts.  On the year, Budinger is averaging 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.

 

Long Time Coming:  Arizona’s 84-54 win over Washington Saturday marked the first time the Wildcats had scored more than 80 points in seven games.  Additionally, UA’s 30-point margin of victory was its largest of the season.  Previously, Arizona had defeated Samford by 29 points (86-57) on Nov. 22.  In Arizona’s 15 wins this season, the average margin of victory is 16.6 points per game.

 

On Target:  The Wildcats found its collective shooting eye Saturday as it connected on 57.4 percent (31-of-54) of its field goal attempts against Washington.  That figure was a welcome improvement over its recent efforts, which had seen the Cats shoot a collective 44.1 percent (120-of-272) from the field over the last five games.  As was the case earlier in the season, Arizona’s starters spearheaded the effort vs. the Huskies by connecting on 23-of-38 field goal attempts (.605).  Despite the recent slump, Arizona is shooting 49.1 percent (621-of-1,265) from the field as a team.

 

Like it used to be:  Arizona’s 57.4 percent shooting Saturday was just its second game of 50 percent or better shooting in its last nine outings.  Prior to Jan. 6, Arizona had shot 50 percent or better in eight of its first 13 games.  This season, Arizona is 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

 

Defensive Effort:  The Wildcat limited Washington to just 38.1 percent (24-of-63) shooting in Saturday’s win, marking only the second time (Jan. 24 vs. Arizona State) since Dec. 17 that UA had held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting.  On the season, Arizona has held six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. On the year, opponents are shooting 44.0 percent from the field.  In 2006-07, Arizona is 14-2 in games when it posts a higher FG percentage than the opposition.

 

Back at it:  Jawann McClellan hit 4-of-7 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws Saturday en route to 15 points.  It was the most points for the 6-foot-4 junior from Houston since Jan. 4, a span of eight games.  In that span, McClellan had reached double figures just two other times.  In the first 13 games of the season, McClellan finished in double figures 10 times.  He is averaging 11.3 points per game.

 

Inside Superiority:  The UA frontline did its job on the glass Saturday, as the starting trio of Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Ivan Radenovic outrebounded the Washington frontline by a 23-5 total.  All told, UA posted a 42-25 rebound advantage Saturday, which continued a streak that has seen Arizona outrebound its last eight Pac-10 opponents ?- the last three by 10 or more.  Through 22 games overall, Arizona posts a +6.3 rebound margin.

 

Comfortable in Close:  In two games last week, Arizona posted a 70-42 points in the paint advantage.  Of UA’s 53 field goals against Washington State and Washington, 35 of those buckets were scored in the lane.  Saturday vs. UW, Ivan Radenovic and Jordan Hill combined for 11 field goals, and all 11 were scored in the paint.

 

Last Line of Defense:  Freshman Jordan Hill collected a personal and UA season high five blocked shots in Saturday’s win.  That was the most blocks in a single game for a UA player since Kirk Walters swatted five shots at Arizona State on Jan. 25, 2006.  The last Wildcat to block more than five shots was Channing Frye, who collected seven blocks vs. Oregon on Feb. 17, 2005.  The 6-foot-9 Hill has 11 blocks in his last five games and now leads the Wildcats with 19 blocks this season.

 

Swingman:  Marcus Williams tallied 11 points, three rebounds and a career-high six assists in Saturday’s win.  The 6-foot-7 forward accomplished the feat with zero turnovers in a team-high 30 minutes. Williams also added two steals in the effort.  On the year, Williams leads the Cats with a 16.8 scoring average to go with 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting a team-leading 51.5 percent from the field.

 

Inching Closer:  Mustafa Shakur notched a game-high eight assists in Saturday’s win, boosting his season total to 163 (7.4 apg).  The Bob Cousy Award finalist has passed out eight or more assists in a game 11 times this season.  He is just 18 assists shy of moving into 10th place on the Arizona single season assist list.

 

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect:  Ivan Radenovic sank all 11 free throws last week to raise his season percentage to .891 (106-of-119), a figure that currently is tied for fourth on the UA single-season list.  At his current pace of 5.4 FT attempts per game, only two players in school history to qualify for the percentage list (Sean Elliott, 1988-89, and Jason Terry, 1998-99) will have attempted more free throws than Radenovic.  For his career, Radenovic is shooting .799 (298-of-373) from the stripe, which ranks ninth in school history.

 

Speaking of Free Throws:  In conference play Arizona has been pretty good at knocking down free throws, connecting at a 78.6 (206-of-262) percent clip.  In those 11 games, Arizona has made 206 charity tosses (18.7 per game).  Only two other teams in the league (USC 227, and Stanford 217) have attempted more free throws than Arizona has made during Pac-10 play.

 

Scoring 80:  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 161-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.  Arizona is 11-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points.

 

Always On the Run:  Early this season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity.  Here are the ones of note to date:

25-0 run over 7:45 vs. New Mexico State, Nov. 19 (UA went 11-of-16 during run: NMSU 0-of-10)

34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern Arizona, Nov. 15 (UA went 12-of-16 during run: NAU 3-of-16)

31-9 run over 7:54 vs. California, Dec. 28 (UA went 11-of-13 during the run; Cal 4-of-14)

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. Louisville, Dec. 5 (UL went 1-of-10; UA 7-of-8 during the run)

21-4 run over 8:08 vs. Illinois, Dec. 2, 2006 (UA 8-of-12 FGs during run)

25-8 run over 9:01 vs. Washington, Feb. 3, 2007 (UW 4-of-12 FG with five turnovers during run)

24-8 run over 9:17 at San Diego State, Dec. 9, 2006 (SDSU 4-of-18 FG with five TO during run)

18-3 run over 4:15 at Virginia, Nov. 12 (UA went 6-of-8 during run: UVa 1-of-8)

23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)

15-0 run over 2:28 at Washington, Jan. 4 (McClellan 3-of-3 from three-point range, UA 6-of-6 FTs)

 

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:  UA will be in for a quick turnaround as the Cats take on Oregon this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 12:30 p.m. PST.  The contest can be seen on ABC-TV.  It is Arizona’s first and only scheduled appearance on the network this year.

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