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Men's Basketball Game Notes, 1/20/2007
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2007
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Game 18:  No. 11 Arizona (13-4, 4-3) at No. 3 UCLA (16-1, 5-1)


Date:  Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007

Time:  1 p.m. PST

Location:  Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles, Calif.

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

TV:  FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)


Game Data:  No. 11 Arizona (13-4, 4-3 Pac-10) faces a tall order Saturday against No. 3 UCLA (16-1, 5-1 Pac-10) in Los Angeles ... Arizona looks to snap a two-game losing streak against the third-ranked team in the country in a venue where the Bruins are 10-0 this season ... No surprise there:  Arizona has scored more than 80 points just once in the last four games, and it’s the only game UA has won in that span. This season, Arizona is 10-1 when scoring 80 or more points ... UA is 3-1 in Saturday games in 2006-07 ... Arizona’s four losses this season have been by a combined 16 points.


The Rankings:  Following a split of two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 12 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 774-273 (.739) and 582-181 (.763) 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 (.767/320-97) 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 342-36 (.905) in McKale Center and have won 270 of its last 290 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 28-22 against UCLA.


Last Time Out:  Nick Young scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the second half to lead the Trojans over the Wildcats, 80-73, on Thursday.  Young’s jumper gave USC a lead it would not relinquish with 15:42 to go, though Arizona did get to within two points at the 4:44 mark. The Trojans shot 69.2 percent from the floor in the second half to maintain the advantage.  Young, Lodrick Stewart and Gabe Pruitt combined for 64 of USC’s 80 points.  Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur led Arizona with 19 points apiece.


Scouting UCLA:  The Bruins (16-1, 5-1 Pac-10) enter today’s game with a spotless 10-0 record in Pauley Pavilion following Thursday’s 60-50 win over Arizona State.  As a team, UCLA averages 75.1 points per game, shoots 49.0 percent (469-of-957) from the field and posts a +4.1 per game rebound margin.  Defensively, UCLA allows 59.9 points per game and a .430 field goal percentage.  Three Bruins average in double figures, led by Arron Afflalo’s 16.0 points per game figure.  Luc Richard Mbah a Moute leads the club with a 7.9 rebounds per game mark.


The Series:  Today’s game is the 73rd meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 41-31 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 17 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, but UCLA has won the last three, including the last meeting, a 71-59 triumph in Los Angeles on March 10, 2006. All-time, Arizona is 18-12 in series games played in Tucson, 12-26 in Westwood, and 1-3 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.


Last Meeting:  UCLA 71, Arizona 59, March 10, 2006:  UCLA flexed its muscle inside as it cruised to a 12-point win.  The top-seeded Bruins held a 36-16 points in the paint advantage and used that to build as much as a 22-point lead.  Fifteen turnovers, including 10 in the first half, hurt UA’s ability to find an offensive rhythm.  Marcus Williams and Ivan Radenovic combined for 42 points, but the UCLA reserves outscored Arizona’s 26-4.  It was UA’s worst loss in 21 Pac-10 Tournament games.


To Live and Die In L.A.:  Counting Thursday’s loss, Arizona is 7-8 (.467) in Los Angeles in this millennium. The Cats have swept the road swing twice (2003, 2005), split three seasons (2000, 2001, 2004) and been swept twice (2002, 2006). In situations when UA lost the first game at USC, it once won in Pauley (2004) and once lost in Westwood (2006).


Twice in Nearly a Quarter Century:  Arizona coach Lute Olson last lost three consecutive Pac-10 games way back when Ronald Reagan was president ?- during his first season in 1984, when the Cats lost to Stanford, Washington and Oregon State in late February. Olson’s Arizona teams have lost three consecutive games only twice in his 24 seasons. The other time also involved the Los Angeles schools. Last year the Cats dropped a game on Tobacco Road against North Carolina, and then dropped a pair of league games in Los Angeles (USC/UCLA combination).


Full House:  A capacity crowd of 12,800 is expected for today’s game at Pauley Pavilion, which would be the fifth Pauley crowd in excess of 10,000 this season.  For Arizona, such a crowd is nothing new.  It would be Arizona 16th game with 10,000 or more fans in 18 starts 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 774-273 (.739).


All or Nothing:  The Cats try to snap a three-game losing streak to the Bruins ?- all last year, including a Pac-10 tourney contest. Before that, UA had a four-game winning streak against UCLA.  Should the Bruins prevail on Saturday, it would mark the first time that UCLA will have defeated Arizona four straight times since Lute Olson came to Arizona for the 1983-84 season.


Trouble Finding the range:  Despite leading the Pac-10 with a 50.5 (501-of-993) cumulative field goal percentage, Arizona has struggled of late with its long-range shooting.  Over the last four games, UA has connected on only 23.2 percent (16-of-69) of its three-point field goal attempts.  In the same span, opponents are shooting a respectable 37.0 percent (34-of-92) from behind the arc.  The quick math says that opponents hold a 102-48 scoring advantage from long range.


On the Rebound:  Arizona posted a 40-32 rebound advantage in Thursday’s loss.  It was the fourth straight game in which the Cats have outrebounded the opposition, yet the club managed to win just one of those games, and was the 12th time this season that UA has outboarded its opponent.  On the year, Arizona is 9-3 when accomplishing the feat, and the club carries a +5.8 rebound margin.


Shooting Straight:  In Arizona’s four losses it had a lower shooting percentage than the opponent twice ?- at USC and at Washington State. Those were pedestrian outings ?- .391 in Pullman and .383 in the Trojans’ new digs. If you had to pick one stat in the other losses, Virginia topped the Cats in a three-point game with 29 made free throws, and Oregon bombed in some extra markers with 13 made three-pointers in its two-point victory over UA. Overall, the Cats are a good shooting team at .505 through 17 games, and have been outshot only one other time ?- a game in New York against Louisville when both teams were off (.386 for the Cardinals and .340 for Arizona) but the Cats went to the line 43 times and made 30 FTs in a seven-point win.


Random Thoughts:  In its four losses, UA had more turnovers than the opponent.... In its four losses, the opponent shot better from three-point range... Arizona is 6-4 in games where a player on the opposing team scored 20 points or more... Thursday’s game was the first this season where Arizona had four or more players register eight or more rebounds in the same game ... Arizona’s 35.7 (10-of-28) field goal percentage in the first half Thursday was its worst first half effort of the year ... UA is just 5-4 when it fails to shoot 50 percent from the field as a team ... Thursday’s game was also the first this season (three previous times) that Arizona had lost a game that it actually trailed at the half.


successful repetition never gets old:  Ivan Radenovic leads the Pac-10 with a .903 (84-of-93) free throw percentage.  He’s certainly made the most of his chances.  The 6-foot-10 senior forward from Belgrade, Serbia, has made his last 29 consecutive free throws.  His last miss came on Dec. 28 vs. California.  In case you are wondering, the school record is 39 straight by Salim Stoudamire in 2001-02.


double-doubles:  Ivan Radenovic’s 15 points and 10 rebounds marked his team-leading fourth double-double of the season and the 12th of his career.  Worth noting is the fact that it was Arizona’s 11th double-double of the year, which is five more than all of last season.


He’ll Defer:  Sophomore forward Marcus Williams leads UA in scoring at 18.5 points per game, and has led the team in that column in eight games. For whatever reason it does not necessarily denote success for the Wildcats. He has led or tied another Cat for team scoring honors 15 times in his 50-game UA career. Arizona is 8-7 in those contests (6-2 this year).


Moving Up:  Senior guard Mustafa Shakur passed out seven assists in Thursday’s game, and in the process moved past Luke Walton (1999-2003) into fourth place on the school’s career assist list.  Shakur currently has 584 assists in his 117-game career (5.0 apg).  Based on his current pace of 7.6 assists per game, Shakur could finish his career ranked No. 2 on the list.  That would give him the most assists of any player in the Lute Olson era.


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 today’s game, Arizona will be at home for its next four games beginning on Jan. 24 vs. Arizona State.  The contest tips-off at 7:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.


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