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Game 15: No. 10 Arizona (12-2, 3-1) vs. Oregon State (8-8, 0-3)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (12-2, 3-1 Pac-10) returns home looking to get back on the winning side of the ledger Thursday against Oregon State (8-8, 0-3 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats are 8-0 at home this season, while the Beavers have won two of three true road games this season ... Thursday’s game marks OSU’s first game away from Gill Coliseum since Nov. 26, a span of nine contests ... Following tonight’s game, Arizona will have seven home games and seven road games remaining in the regular season ... UA is averaging 90.4 points per game in eight home games this year.
The Rankings: Following a split of two games last week Arizona slipped to No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 8 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 773-271 (.740) and 581-179 (.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 (319) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/319-95) 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 341-35 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 269 of its last 288 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 41-8 against Oregon State.
Last Time Out: Washington State seemed to make every necessary play in earning a 77-73 overtime win on Saturday. Arizona, however, wasn’t without chances. Trailing by seven points with 46 seconds remaining, Arizona outscored WSU, 8-1, the rest of the way to force overtime and actually had the final possession of regulation, but came away empty. The result ended Arizona’s 12-game win streak and was WSU’s first win over UA in Pullman since January 1986.
Scouting Oregon state: The Beavers (8-8, 0-3 Pac-10) enter tonight’s game riding a three-game losing streak after Saturday’s 91-46 home loss to USC. As a team, Oregon State averages 65.8 points per game, shoots 41.1 percent (396-of-941) from the field and posts a -1.7 per game rebound margin. Defensively, OSU allows 67.2 points per game and a .455 field goal percentage. Three Beavers average in double figures, led by Marcel Jones’s 15.2 points per game figure. Kyle Jeffers leads the club with a 6.3 rebounds per game mark.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 62nd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 44-17 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 13 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, including the last meeting, 80-58, on Feb. 11, 2006, in Tucson. All-time, Arizona is 25-5 in series games played in Tucson, 17-12 in Corvallis, and 2-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.
Last Meeting: Arizona 80, Oregon State 58, Feb. 11, 2006: Arizona posted a 42-28 rebound advantage and forced 25 turnovers in earning a 22-point victory. Led by a career-high 26 points from Ivan Radenovic, eight of 11 Wildcats to see action scored points and nine grabbed at least one rebound. A 20-9 UA run over the last nine minutes put the game out of reach. Hassan Adams (9) and Mustafa Shakur (7) combined for 16 assists.
Point Productivity: Arizona split a pair of conference games last week, as Mustafa Shakur averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game, while shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field. The senior point guard also connected on 16-of-16 (1.000) free throws and shot 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range. He opened the week with his second double-double of the season (fourth career), a 21-point, 11-assist, two-rebound effort at No.24 Washington in which he hit 5-of-6 shots from the floor and all nine free throw attempts. Shakur added 19 points, a career-high nine rebounds, and a season-high 11 assists Saturday at Washington State. He was the only player in Saturday’s overtime game to play all 45 minutes. On the year, Shakur is averaging 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and a conference-leading 7.9 assists per game, while shooting 53.0 percent from the field.
Streaks Stopped: Arizona saw two streaks of note end Saturday with it’s 77-74 overtime loss at Washington State. The defeat snapped the Cats’ 12-game win streak this season, which was the longest in the program since 1997-98 (school record 19 games). It was also Arizona’s first loss at Washington State since January 1986. That streak covered 17 games in Pullman, Wash., and three games in Spokane.
The Iron Unkind: The Wildcats shot just 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the field in Saturday’s loss, marking the first time in seven games that the team had failed to shoot at least 40 percent from the field. Entering Saturday’s contest, the Wildcats had shot better than 60 percent in each of its first three Pac-10 games. On the season, Arizona is shooting 51.6 percent (422-of-818) from the field as a team.
Topping the Cats: Washington State outshot Arizona from the field .431-.394 on Saturday, which was just the second time in 14 games that UA has failed to post a better field goal percentage. The only other time it’s happened was on Dec. 5 vs. Louisville, In that contest, the Cardinals outshot Arizona, .386-.340, but Arizona managed to pull out a 72-65 win in New York City.
Applying the Brakes: Saturday’s loss marked only the third time this season that Arizona has been held to fewer than 80 points. Prior to Saturday’s game, Arizona was averaging 93.0 points in Pac-10 play. Through 14 games, the Wildcats are averaging 86.5 points per game.
Ready to Rebound: Arizona did manage to post a 44-37 rebound advantage in Saturday’s loss. It was the ninth time this season that UA has outrebounded the opposition, and the first time it has done so and lost. Prior to Saturday, the team was 8-0 when outrebounding the opponent. Incidentally, it was another balanced effort on the glass for the Wildcats, as five players grabbed five or more boards. Four of Arizona’s starters collected at least seven caroms at Washington State. On the season, Arizona carries a +6.1 rebound margin.
False Starts: The first five minutes of each new period were not kind to the Wildcats on Saturday. Against Washington State, Arizona shot a combined 6-of-21 (.286) from the field in the first five minutes of the first and second halves, and all of overtime. To contrast, Washington State shot 12-23 (.522) from the field in the same time frame and outscored Arizona, 33-17.
Connectivity: Free throw shooting has not been a problem for the Wildcats, as the club connected on 36-of-39 (.923) attempts from the stripe in a pair of games this week. UA was 21-of-23 from the line Thursday at Washington and was 15-of-16 Saturday at Washington State. Through 14 games this season, Arizona is shooting 267-of-366 (.730) from the free throw line.
Stolen Away: Here is one more indicator of the difference between victory and defeat. Arizona collected just one steal (by Jawann McClellan), which was a season low. Conversely, Washington State collected seven. It was only the fourth time in 14 games that the opposition had collected more steals than Arizona. During its 12-game win streak, Arizona collected a total of 82 steals compared with the opponent’s 66.
Thinking of Forwards: Marcus Williams enjoyed another strong week last week, as he averaged 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the games two-game road swing. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) and passed out four assists. His 22-point effort Thursday at Washington was his seventh 20-point game of the season. Through 14 games, Williams is averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting .543 (99-of-183) from the field.
Outside Looking In: En route to 17 points in last Saturday’s game at Washington State, Ivan Radenovic equaled a career high with three three-point field goals. It marked the fourth time in his career that he has knocked down three treys in a game, and he matched the feat with only five attempts. It should come as no surprise that the 6-foot-10 senior forward has been on target from long range. On the season, Radenovic is shooting 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from three-point range.
Filling a need: Over his last six appearances, freshman Jordan Hill has proven worthy of a slot in the post rotation. In that time, the 6-foot-9 forward from Atlanta is averaging 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the floor. Four times in those six games, Hill has grabbed at least four rebounds despite the fact that he is averaging only 10 minutes per game during that span. In fact, 70 percent of his rebounds and 60 percent of his playing time has been earned over the last six games.
Master of the Obvious: Arizona’s two losses this season have both been by three points. It’s 12 victories have been by an average of 15.4 points. This season, the UA is (obviously) 0-2 in games decided by five points or less and 12-0 in games decided by six points or more.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 159-19 (.893) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. Arizona is 9-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points, a feat that has happened in 10 of 13 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: With an extra day to prepare, Arizona hosts Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 14. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.