Game 16: No. 10
Date: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007
Time: 6 p.m. MST
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 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
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
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
Against Ranked Teams: The Wildcats host No. 15 Oregon this evening, which is the team’s third nationally ranked opponent this season.
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
In Balance: As briefly mentioned earlier,
Pulling Away: It took just 3:11 for
Staying on top: Despite shooting a season low 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from three-point range, which pulled
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.
Prolific Pilferers: With three steals a piece from Marcus Williams, Chase Budinger and
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
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
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
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.
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)
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: Following tonight’s game,