Game 18: No. 11
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007
Time: 1 p.m. PST
Location: Pauley Pavilion (12,800),
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,
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
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
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
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
Last Meeting: UCLA 71,
To Live and Die In
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
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
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
Trouble Finding the range: Despite leading the Pac-10 with a 50.5 (501-of-993) cumulative field goal percentage,
On the Rebound:
Shooting Straight: In
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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 today’s game,