Game 8: No. 14
Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m. PST
Location: Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl (12,414),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: Channel 4SD (Steve Quis/Jim Brogan); Tucson: Cox 22, Comcast 17; Phoenix: Cox 7. Also in Tulsa, New Orleans, New England and Orange County Cox Cable sustems.
Game Data: No. 14 Arizona (6-1, 0-0 Pac-10) closes a three-game road swing with an appearance at the San Diego Slam Saturday to face San Diego State (8-1, 0-0 MWC) ... From the local boy does good file, it’s safe to call this a Chase Budinger homecoming game ... Similarly entertaining styles will be on display today, as both the Wildcats and Aztecs nearly average 80 or more points per game, and yet both yield more than 70 points per game to the opposition.
The Rankings: Following a pair of wins 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 767-270 (.740) and 575-178 (.764) 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 (316) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/316-94) 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 337-35 (.906) in
Last Time Out: For the first time this season
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 23rd meeting of the two schools with
The Last Meeting:
Against the Mountain West:
A Win Today: A Wildcat win today would be the 768th career victory for
Travel Partners: Tis the season for holiday tournaments and quality doubleheaders, and the
Winning the Turnover
That’s Just Ugly: After shooting a respectable 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field in the first half Tuesday vs.
How did they Do that?: It’s not often that a team can shoot 34.0 percent from the field and win. The Cats prevailed Tuesday largely by knocking down a season-high 30 free throws in 43 attempts. Against
Getting Better: Over it’s last two games the UA defense has allowed a total of 61 points (30.5 ppg) and a combined field goal percentage of 45.6 (26-of-57) in the second half. That’s a marked improvement over
Double-Doubles: Senior Ivan Radenovic notched his second double-double of the season with 22 points and a season-high 13 rebounds Tuesday vs.
From the Bench:
A Well-Rounded Game: Freshman Chase Budinger made a nice statement in his
From the Point: Senior guard Mustafa Shakur entered the week with a Pac-10 Conference leading 50 assists (through six games) and added six more in Tuesday’s win over Louisville. In Shakur’s career,
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 155-19 (.891) 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
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.
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)
In December: Since the start of the 2000-01 season,
Preseason Prognostications: According to media members that regularly cover the Pacific-10 Conference,
Preseason Kudos: Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams were named to the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, the award’s national selection committee announced Oct. 17. Shakur, a 6-foot-3, senior guard from
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,