Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Time: 1 p.m. PST
Location: Pauley Pavilion (12,800),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
Game Data: Arizona (13-8, 6-4 Pac-10) plays at No. 14 UCLA (18-4, 8-2 Pac-10) Saturday in Los Angeles trying to stay within striking distance of the Pac-10 leader ... The Wildcats close the most difficult portion of the schedule today (four consecutive road games) in search of a much-needed win ... Arizona is just 1-4 this season against nationally ranked opponents ... Arizona has a 5-7 record away from McKale Center this season ... Following today’s contest, UA will close the regular season with five of its last seven games at home.
The Rankings: For the third consecutive week,
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 754-264 (.741) and 562-172 (.766) 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 (311) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.774/311-91) 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 329-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out: USC capitalized on a season-high 22 UA turnovers in rolling to a 77-70 win Thursday. The Trojans converted those UA miscues into a 24-10 advantage in second-chance points and held a 22-4 advantage in fast break points. Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young did most of the damage, combining for 46 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals. The game featured six ties and five lead changes, but USC held the lead for the game’s final 14 minutes.
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins enter today’s game with an 18-4 record (8-2 Pac-10) following Thursday’s 69-60 home win over
The Series: Today’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 39-31 series advantage. UA has won 11 of the last 15 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, but the Bruins captured the last meeting, 85-79, on Jan. 5 in
Last Meeting: UCLA 85,
Get it out of the way Early: The Wildcats enter play today with a 13-8 record, which is the most losses for an
What’s At Stake: A loss today would give
Tables Turned: Points off turnovers and fast break points have long been staples of Wildcats success, but that wasn’t the case on Thursday against USC. The Trojans posted a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers and a 22-4 advantage in fast break points en route to the seven-point win.
Look for the Indicator: After being tied 30-30 with USC at the break,
Piling Up Points: Over the course of the season,
Not a Good Effort:
Earlier is Better: Through 21 games, UA has a 6-3 record in afternoon games (any game starting after noon and before 6 p.m. local time).
Hard to Do: While it managed to grab more than a majority of the game’s 75 rebounds (
Hard to Do, Too: Thursday’s contest also saw the Wildcats outshoot an opponent an lose. UA shot 46.8 percent from the field (29-of-62), topping the 40.3 percent (25-of-62) effort by the Trojans. It marked the first time in nine games this season that UA has lost when posting a better field goal percentage than the opponent.
Doubling Up: Forward Ivan Radenovic collected his third double-double of the season Thursday with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 junior leads the team in double-doubles (Mustafa Shakur has the other) and has seven such efforts in his career. The effort boosted his season averages to 9.8 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds.
Pounding the Glass: Center Kirk Walters has set and equaled a career high with eight rebounds in each of the last two games. His increased productivity on the glass is a welcome sight to the Wildcats. Over his last four games, Walters is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game, nearly twice as much as his 3.7 season-long rebounds per game average.
His Development Continues: Freshman Fendi Onobun notched a season high with nine points to go with three rebounds and his first career assist on Thursday. The 6-foot-6 Onobun connected on all four field goal attempts, making him the only Wildcat to attempt four or more field goals in a game this season and finish with a perfect field goal percentage. In five appearances, Onobun is averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds this year, while shooting 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field.
Stepping Up: Sophomore Daniel Dillon collected his first career blocked shot on Thursday. The 6-foot-3 guard from
Stopped: Senior Hassan Adams connected on just 4-of-11 field goal attempts against USC and finished with a season-low nine points. Prior to Thursday
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 148-18 (.892) 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