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Game 15: No. 10
Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
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 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
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 62nd meeting of the two schools with
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,
Topping the Cats:
Applying the Brakes: Saturday’s loss marked only the third time this season that
Ready to Rebound:
False Starts: The first five minutes of each new period were not kind to the Wildcats on Saturday. Against
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
Stolen Away: Here is one more indicator of the difference between victory and defeat.
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
Outside Looking In: En route to 17 points in last Saturday’s game at
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
Master of the Obvious:
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.
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.
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