Game 1: No. 10
Date: Monday, Nov. 21, 2005
Time: 4 p.m. HST
Location: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: ESPN (Sean McDonough/Bill Raftery/Jay Bilas)
INTERNET NOTE: Due to Maui Invitational contractual restrictions with ESPN, the Arizona Athletics' audio webcasts will not be available during the tournament. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Game Data: No. 10
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . begins his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 741-256 (.743) and 549-164 (.770) 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 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) 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 22-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 21 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 best winning percentage over the past 18 years (479-118/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 27 overall in his career, making him one of only four head coaches in NCAA history to record 27 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 322-33 (.907) in
Last Time Out: On the strength of Hassan Adams’ 16 first-half points,
The Series: Today’s game marks the ninth meeting of the two schools with
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 22 years,
In-Season Tournament History: In 101 previous years of intercollegiate competition,
EA Sports Maui Invitational History: Now in its 22nd year as the marquee early-season event, the EA Sports Maui Invitational and the
Dec. 21, 1993 vs. Notre Dame................ W, 98-79
Dec. 22, 1993 vs.
Dec. 23, 1993 vs.
Nov. 24, 1997 vs.
Nov. 25, 1997 vs.
Nov. 26, 1997 vs. Duke.......................... L, 87-95
Nov. 20, 2000 vs. Chaminade................. W, 97-57
Nov. 21, 2000 vs.
Nov. 22, 2000 vs.
Traveling to the Islands: In addition to
Quite a Statement: Much already has been written about the overall strength of this year’s EA Sports Maui Invitational, but here is another fact worth noting. The seven NCAA Division I teams participating have combined to produce a total of 51 players on 2005-06 NBA opening day rosters (Arizona, 10; Arkansas, 3; Connecticut, 10; Gonzaga, 2; Kansas, 10; Maryland, 9; Michigan State, 7), which is more than any D-I conference in the country can claim. In terms of NBA alums, the Big East leads with 50, followed by the ACC (49), Pac-10 (38) and Big Ten and Southeastern (37 each).
Against the Maui Field: The Wildcats have a 14-17 (.452) cumulative record against the seven foes that make up the 2005 Maui Invitational field.
Not In Question: Offense seemingly has never been a problem at
The Ol’ College Boards:
A Nice Adjustment: Senior guard Hassan Adams continues to make a nice adjustment to the perimeter. The 6-foot-4 native of
Filling a Void: Senior Chris Rodgers production has increased in the preseason. A career 5.6 points per game scorer, the 6-foot-4 guard from
The Five Hole: The three games in
Early Arrivals: A pair of freshmen have proven themselves worthy in the preseason, as J.P. Prince and Marcus Williams rank among the team leaders. Prince, a 6-foot-6 guard from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 8.5 points and a team-best 7.5 assists in the preseason, while Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Seattle, ranked second on the team by averaging 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Needs Improvement: One area that has showed a significant drop from last year is free throw shooting, where the Cats connected on 66.7 percent (26-of-39) of the charity tosses. In the previous two seasons,
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
Movin’ Up: With the 2005-06 National Basketball Association regular season underway, no fewer than 10 former Wildcats are on active NBA rosters. Only one school has more alumni in the league (Duke, 11). Here is the complete list: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards; Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings; Channing Frye, New York Knicks; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzlies; Salim Stoudamire, Atlanta Hawks; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers, and Loren Woods, Toronto Raptors. Incidentally, the Pac-10 ranks third among the NCAA Division I conferences with 38 former players in the NBA, trailing only the Big East (50) and ACC (49).
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Chase Budinger (F, 6-7, 190) from
Up Next: Following today’s game,