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Arizona Men's Basketball Game Notes, 1/14/2007
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 12, 2007
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Game 16:  No. 10 Arizona (13-2, 4-1) vs. No. 15 Oregon (15-1, 3-1)


Date:  Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007

Time:  6 p.m. MST

Location:  Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

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

TV:  FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)


Game Data:  No. 10 Arizona (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10) closes this two-game homestand Sunday night against No. 15 Oregon (15-1, 3-1 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... From the “something’s gotta give” file:  Arizona is 9-0 at home while Oregon is 5-0 in road or neutral-site games this season ... Tonight’s game features two of the three Pac-10 teams (Washington) averaging  better than 80 points per game in 2006-07 ... Oregon averages 12.5 fewer points per game when playing away from McArthur Court, while Arizona averages 90.0 points per game at McKale Center.


The Rankings:  Following a split of two games last week Arizona slipped to No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 8 the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.  The Wildcats have been ranked in each 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 774-271 (.741) and 582-179 (.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 (320) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/320-95) 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 342-35 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 270 of its last 289 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 35-11 against Oregon.


Last Time Out:  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, 83-72, Thursday over Oregon State.  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.


Scouting Oregon:  The Ducks (15-1, 3-1 Pac-10) enter tonight’s game with only a Jan. 4 loss to USC standing between it and perfection following Thursday’s 60-55 win at Arizona State.  As a team, Oregon averages 80.5 points per game, shoots 45.3 percent (445-of-982) from the field and posts a +6.2 per game rebound margin.  Defensively, UO allows 63.2 points per game and a .425 field goal percentage.  Five Ducks average in double figures, led by Aaron Brooks’ 18.0 points per game figure.  Maarty Leunen leads the club with a 10.0 rebounds per game mark.


The Series:  Tonight’s game is the 58th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 38-19 series advantage.  UA has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 12, 1979, including the last meeting, 70-68, on Feb. 9 in Tucson.  All-time, Arizona is 23-5 in series games played in Tucson, 15-13 in Eugene, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. Please see page 100 in the UA media guide for more series information.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 70, Oregon 68, Feb. 9, 2006:  Trailing by five points with 1:52 remaining, Arizona forced two Oregon turnovers and scored the game’s final seven points in the two-point win.  The Wildcats got a Kirk Walters field goal and five free throws in the run to complete the comeback.  Walters, one of four Cats to finish in double figures, posted career-high totals of 18 points and eight rebounds.  His 8-of-11 field goal shooting helped Arizona shoot 50 percent from the field for the second game in a row.


Against Ranked Teams:  The Wildcats host No. 15 Oregon this evening, which is the team’s third nationally ranked opponent this season.  Arizona, which is 2-0 against such opposition, defeated No. 18 Memphis on Dec. 20 and won at No. 24 Washington on Jan. 4.  All-time, UA is 5-3 against teams holding the No. 15 ranking.  Since the Associated Press rankings debuted in 1949, Arizona is 117-142 (.452) against nationally ranked foes, while Lute Olson is 102-73 (.583) vs. ranked opposition while the Arizona mentor.  Please see page 148 in the UA media guide for more ranked opponent information.


A Win Today ... would be the 775th career victory for Lute Olson on the NCAA Division I level.  Only 12 coaches in NCAA history (covering all levels) have won as many games.  Now in his 34th year as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 774-271 (.741).


It Just Feels Late:  With tonight’s tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. MST, it marks the third of four Sunday night games for the Wildcats this season.  To date, the Cats are 1-1 when burning the late night oil on the sabbath.  Late tips aren’t uncommon for the Arizona-Oregon match-up, as the squads tipped off at 9 p.m. PST on Jan. 2, 2003, for a game in Eugene.  That turned into an 81-72 UA win.


In Balance:  As briefly mentioned earlier, Arizona (86.3 ppg) and Oregon (80.5 ppg) enter play on Sunday ranked first and third, respectively, in the Pac-10’s scoring offense category.  Here is an interesting statistical tidbit.  The Cats and Ducks are the only two teams in the Pac-10 with five players currently averaging in double figures.  For comparison’s sake, UA’s five averages 15.4 points per game, while UO’s quintet averages 14.7 points per game.


Pulling Away:  It took just 3:11 for Arizona to build a 10-point lead Thursday, which according to trends, could have been enough to decide the contest.  Through 15 games this season, Arizona is 13-0 in games decided by six or more points, 0-2 in five or less.  Eleven of Arizona’s 15 games have been decided by 10 or more points.


Board Work:  Arizona posted a 36-33 rebound advantage in Thursday’s win.  It was the 10th time this season that UA has outrebounded the opposition, and the team improved to 9-1 when accomplishing the feat.  UA’s frontline of Marcus Williams (8), Chase Budinger (10) and Ivan Radenovic (8) combined for 26 of Arizona’s 36 rebounds.  On the season, Arizona carries a +5.9 rebound margin.


Multiple Miscues:  Arizona forced Oregon State into 20 turnovers in Thursday’s win.  It was the just the second time this season that the Cats have forced an opponent into 20 or more turnovers.  This season, Arizona is forcing an average of 13.5 turnovers per game, a figure that is an average of 5.6 fewer turnovers than last season.


Staying on top:  Despite shooting a season low 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from three-point range, which pulled Arizona’s field goal percentage to 49.1 percent (28-of-57), the Wildcats did manage to outshoot the Beavers, .491-.467.  Why is that important?  Arizona is 12-1 this year when outshooting the opposition.


It’s Easy to Shoot When No One is Guarding You:  Even though the Cats failed to shoot 50 percent from the field for the second straight game Thursday, the squad did rely heavily on a favorite recipe for success against the Beavers.  Arizona marched to the free throw line 32 times vs. OSU, made 24 and outscored the Beavers 24-10.  Through 15 games, Arizona has made 291 free throws (19.4 per game), or 115 more than the opposition has attempted (176).


Prolific Pilferers:  With three steals a piece from Marcus Williams, Chase Budinger and Mustafa Shakur, Arizona totaled a season-high 12 steals against Oregon State.  On the season, Arizona is averaging 6.7 steals per game (fifth in the Pac-10) and has reached double figures four times.


Onward and Upward:  Sophomore forward Marcus Williams tallied a career-high 27 points in Thursday’s win, which was his team-leading eighth 20-point game of the season.  The 6-foot-7 Seattle product knocked down 10-of-18 field goals, grabbed eight rebounds, passed out four assists and added three steals in 38 minutes without a turnover.  Over his last 10 games, Williams leads the team with a 17.9 points per game average and 10 blocked shots.


Doubling Up:  Freshman Chase Budinger efficiently posted his second double-double of the season Thursday with 16 points (7-of-10 FG) and 10 rebounds.  Fourteen of his points and seven boards came in the first half.  By comparison, Sean Elliott posted two double-doubles in his freshman campaign (1985-86).  The effort was Arizona’s ninth double-double of the year (by four players).  That’s three more than last season’s total.  For good measure, Budinger also added four assists and three steals.


Stepping In:  Sophomore Fendi Onobun got his first extended playing time in 11 games and responded with season-high totals of seven points and three rebounds.  The 6-foot-6 forward from Houston, Texas, connected on 2-of-3 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 free throws in six minutes.  His performance was such that Lute Olson commented after the game, “I probably should have gotten in Fendi in the first half.”  On the year, Onobun is averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.


Snap Out of It, Please:  Junior Jawann McClellan has been a bit off target of late, connecting on just 5-of-17 (.294) field goal attempts, including 0-of-7 from three-point range, to go with eight rebounds and 13 total points.  Those numbers pale in comparison to his 45.7 (58-of-127) shooting percentage (.441 from behind the arc) and 12.4 points per game scoring average.


Scoring 80:  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 160-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.  Arizona is 10-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points, a feat that has happened in 11 of 14 games this year.


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)

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:  Following tonight’s game, Arizona heads back to the road for a pair of games in Southern California.  The Cats will first be in action on Thursday, Jan. 18, when the team plays at USC.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. PST and seen on FSN Arizona.

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