Game 16: No. 24
Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006
Time: 3 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Twenty-fourth-ranked Arizona (10-5, 3-2 Pac-10) wraps up its two-game swing to the State of Oregon with a Saturday afternoon affair at Oregon (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats are in the midst of a stretch where it plays six of eight games away from home ... Over the last five seasons, Arizona is 6-3 on the Oregon road swing ... UA leads the league with an average of 10.93 steals per game and has posted 10 or more in seven of its last 10 games.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 751-261 (.742) and 559-169 (.768) 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 (308) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.776/308-89) 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 23-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 328-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out: Arizona fell behind by as many as 23 points in the first half, came back to tie the game with just over three minutes to go, then saw Oregon State pull away with a 10-0 run to close the contest and win 75-65 Thursday in Corvallis.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 56th meeting of the two schools with
Continuing his climb: Senior Hassan Adams continues his climb up the UA career statistical charts Saturday, as he is just 16 points shy of 1,600 for his career. In Thursday’s game at
Blitzed: Despite the final score,
The Path of Least Resistance: In each of
Slow Starts: In five Pac-10 games to date,
Toughening Up: The Wildcats were able to claw their way back into Thursday’s game on the strength of a defensive effort that saw the team force 15
Positive Ratios: Thursday’s game was only the fourth time this season that
On the Glass: Rebounding has proven to be an Arizona sticking point to this point of the season, as the Cats have been outrebounded nine times.
Denting the Scoreboard: As mentioned earlier,
A Career Night: After gaining his academic eligibility on Wednesday, sophomore guard Jawann McClellan responded with eight points, two rebounds and two steals in a career-high 32 minutes played. The native of
Pulling the Train: Hassan Adams continues to be the engine that drives the Wildcat train. Not only does he lead the team with a 20.6 points per game scoring average, he also leads the team in total rebounds (89) and steals (44).
Point the Way: Junior guard Mustafa Shakur posted his second strong game in a row with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. The 6-foot-3 Shakur hit 7-of-13 field goal attempts and five of his six boards came on the offensive end. Over his last two games, Shakur is averaging 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the field.
Among the Leaders: Following a slow start, forward Marcus Williams turned things around nicely and leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference with a 51.6 field goal percentage. Over his last 10 games, Williams is averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 57.0 percent (53-of-93) from the field. He is one of four Wildcats currently averaging in double figures.
From The Line: Thursday’s game saw
Off the Bench: Freshman J.P. Prince collected five points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals Thursday at
Full Count: Not counting Lute Olson’s first season in
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 146-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
22-6 run over 8:19 at
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-5 run over 7:57 at
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
25-11 run over 9:27 vs. USC, Jan. 7 (USC 4-of-13 FG, eight turnovers during run)
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
38-27 run over 13:52 at
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,