Game 3: No. 15
Date: Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006
Time: 2 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 15 Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to action Sunday by hosting New Mexico State (1-1, 0-0 WAC) in McKale Center ... It is the second of five Sunday games for the Cats this season ... This is New Mexico State’s first appearance in McKale Center in exactly seven years ... The Wildcats are averaging a robust 95.5 points per game, but the opposition is scoring at an 86.0 clip ... Five UA players currently average in double figures.
The Rankings: Following last Sunday’s game, Arizona slipped to 15th in Associated Press Top 25 poll and to 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. It’s the first time
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 762-270 (.738) and 570-178 (.762) 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 334-35 (.905) in McKale Center and have won 261 of its last 280 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 1-0 against New Mexico State.
Last Time Out: Chase Budinger’s 32 points led an attack that saw
The Series: Today’s game is the 95th meeting of the two schools with
Against the Western Athletic Conference:
No Stranger to Tucson: Second-year NMSU head coach Reggie Theus faced Arizona three times during his collegiate playing career at UNLV (1975-78) where he posted a 1-2 record. He tallied no points in nine minutes of a 98-94 UNLV win in
Scoring 100: By posting four players in double figures Wednesday,
A Consistent Approach: Much was made of
Joining Elite Company: Freshman Chase Budinger knocked down 11-of-15 field goal attempts Wednesday vs.
38, Coniel Norman vs. Brigham Young, 2/24/1973
38, Bob Elliott vs.
37, Eric Money vs.
37, Coniel Norman vs.
37, Eric Money vs.
34, Coniel Norman vs.
32, Chase Budinger vs.
More (Impressive) On Chase: Chase Budinger’s 17 points on Nov. 12 at
Player Dates Opponents Total Points
Chase Budinger 11/12-11/15/2006
Eric Money 11/29-12/2/1972
Hassan Adams 11/23-11/27/2002 Western Kentucky (22)/Northern
Frank Smith 11/30-12/3/1979
Bob Elliott 11/30-12/1/1973
Mike Bibby 11/22-11/26/1996 North
Coniel Norman 12/2-12/4/1972
Herman Harris 11/30-12/1/73
Ivan Radenovic 12/28-12/30/2003
Gilbert Myles 11/29-12/3/1974 Northern Illinois (17)/UC
Scoring 30: Chase Budinger becomes the first Wildcat to score 30 or more points in a game this year and equals the UA season total from 2005-06. Breaking the 30-point barrier isn’t exactly a common occurrence in these parts. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, UA players have totaled 16 such games in 204 total games played.
So Close: Senior guard Mustafa Shakur came two rebounds shy of his first career triple-double when he tallied 20 points (7-of-9 FG), eight boards and 10 assists Wednesday against Northern Arizona. It was, however,
Making An Appearance: By starting and playing 25 minutes on Wednesday, Mustafa Shakur moved into a tie for 10th place on the
Emerging in the Middle: Freshman Jordan Hill continues to improve in the center position. The 6-foot-9 product of
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
On to the Next Level: With the 2006-07 National Basketball Association regular season past the All-Star break, no fewer than 10 former Arizona Wildcats are on active NBA rosters. Only three schools nationally have more alumni in the league (
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.