Game 9: No. 10
Date: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
Time: 8 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (7-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to McKale Center for the first time in three weeks to host Houston (4-2, 0-0 C-USA) Sunday night ... Tonight’s game is the third of five Sunday games during the regular season ... Arizona will be at home for the rest of the month, hosting four games in that span ... Wildcat opponents are averaging 63.4 points per game over the last five games ... UA leads the Pac-10 in team field goal percentage at 50.3 percent (240-of-477).
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 768-270 (.740) and 576-178 (.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: Marcus Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead
The Series: Tonight’s game marks the ninth meeting of the two schools with
The Last Meeting:
Team of the Week: ESPN’s Dick Vitale named
Bouncing Back: In helping
Streaking: After a season-opening loss at
Cooler at Both Ends: After averaging better than 90 points per game through its first six games, the Wildcats have cooled a bit offensively in the last week, averaging just 71.5 points per game. In that same span,
Leveling Off: While the UA offense may be plateauing of late, the
A Red-Letter Day: With a 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Saturday, sophomore forward Marcus Williams collected the first double-double of his career. It marked the fifth double-double for
out of the gate: Arizona continues to get off to good starts through eight games, averaging 44.5 points per game and a +12.0 scoring margin in the first half this year. The Cats have shot 50 percent or better from the floor in six of eight games to date. In Saturday’s win at
Rebound advantage: The Wildcats posted a 43-34 rebound advantage in Saturday’s victory over
Bench Superiority: The
Point Taken: Senior Mustafa Shakur tallied 14 points, a season-high eight rebounds, five assists and two steals Saturday at
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.
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)
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.