Game 23: No. 24
Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Gill Coliseum (10,400),
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
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 63rd meeting of the two schools with
Long Time Coming:
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
Like it used to be:
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,
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
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
Comfortable in Close: In two games last week,
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
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
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
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.
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.
25-8 run over 9:01 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)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
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