Game 26: No. 10 Arizona (21-4, 11-2) vs. Oregon (12-9, 4-8)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch delayed webcasts of the FSN Arizona broadcast and the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Postgame Video Highlights (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (21-4, 11-2 Pac-10) opens its final homestand of the season Thursday against Oregon (12-9, 4-8 Pac-10) ... Arizona is shooting 48.8 percent from the floor in 14 home games this season and posts a +14.9 scoring margin in those games ... The Wildcats enter Thursday’s game ranked 10th nationally by the Associated Press, its highest ranking since opening the season in that same spot in the AP’s preseason poll.
The Rankings: After a pair of wins last week, Arizona rose to No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 299 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 732-253 (.743) and 540-161 (.770) 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 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the second-most Pac-10 wins (301) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/301-86) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (449-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 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 320-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 248 of its last 265 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 33-10 against Oregon.
Last Time Out: Salim Stoudamire scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as Arizona posted an 88-76 win Thursday at USC and gave Lute Olson his 300th career Pac-10 victory. Stoudamire scored 11 consecutive points in the first to lead the Cats to a nine-point lead at the break, then UA opened the second with an 18-8 run that put the game out of reach. Stoudamire was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks enter Thursday’s game with a 12-9 record (4-8 Pac-10) after a 69-66 win Saturday against Washington State. UO shoots 47.0 percent from the field (533-of-1147), posts a +3.9 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 1.5 points per game. Individually, three Ducks average in double figures, led by Aaron Brooks, who averages 15.0 points per game. He also leads the team by averaging 4.7 assists per game.
The Series: Thursday’s game marks the 55th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 36-18 series advantage. UA has won the last five meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 12, 1979, including the last get-together, a 74-66 UA win in Eugene on Jan. 20. All-time, Arizona is 21-5 in series games played in Tucson, 15-12 in Eugene, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 104 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 74, Oregon 66, Jan. 20, 2005: Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye and Hassan Adams combined for 57 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in leading the Wildcats to the eight-point road win. Stoudamire scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as Arizona built a double-digit lead. After an Oregon run cut a 15-point lead to two with just over eight minutes to go, Arizona answered with big shots of its own as it regained control of the contest.
Senior Leader: Salim Stoudamire led Arizona to a sweep of Southern California by averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two games last week. The senior guard shot 60.7 percent from the field (17-of-28), including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from three-point range, and added a pair of assists as well. He opened the week with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting (5-of-7 from behind the arc) in Thursday’s win at USC and followed that with 22 points (8-of-14 FG), four rebounds and two assists Saturday vs. UCLA. It was Stoudamire’s third consecutive 20-point game and his 11th this season. On the year, Stoudamire is averaging 17.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, including 54.7 percent from three-point range, and 91.4 percent from the free throw line.
Zeroing In: The Wildcat field goal percentage continues to rise as UA has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of its last four games. In the pair of games this week, Arizona shot 55.3 percent (65-of-122) from the floor. On the year, Arizona is 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and has matched or topped the 50 percent plateau in six of the last seven games. Additionally, the Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better in eight consecutive halves of basketball. The improved shooting has raised the Wildcat field goal percentage to 46.0 percent (713-of-1551) in 2004-05.
When It Matters Most: Every one of Arizona’s shooting percentages has improved since the Wildcats entered conference play. In those 13 games Arizona is shooting .495 percent (391-of-790) from the field, 42.6 percent (87-of-204) from three-point range, and 81.3 percent (222-of-273) from the free throw line. The numbers are all marked improvements over the team’s overall field goal (46.0), three-point field goal (40.9) and free throw (78.5) percentages this season.
A Select Few: With eight three-point field goals last week, Salim Stoudamire moved closer to a career milestone. The senior guard is just two treys shy of 300 career three-point field goals. He would join Jason Gardner (318/1999-2003) as only the second Arizona player to sink 300 career treys, and just the fourth player in Pac-10 history (Stevin Smith, ASU, 323/Jason Kapono, UCLA, 317). In his 117-game career, Stoudamire is averaging 2.55 three-point field goals per game.
On a Roll: Trailing UCLA 47-42 with 17:42 to go, Arizona responded with a 19-0 run take control of the contest. Four different Wildcats scored In the run, including six each from Salim Stoudamire and Ivan Radenovic. It marked Arizona’s 12th scoring run of 16 or more points this season and covering 4:10, it was the quickest run in terms of elapsed time. Additionally, Arizona made nine consecutive field goals covering seven minutes of the second half and limited UCLA to just 1-of-12 shooting in the same span.
A Spark: Sophomore Mustafa Shakur provided an offensive spark against UCLA, hitting 6-of-8 field goal attempts en route to 17 points and five rebounds. Over his last five games, Shakur is averaging 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field.
Best Foot Forward: Ivan Radenovic posted his best week of the season by averaging 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in the pair of victories, while shooting 571.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field. The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, posted nine points and 12 rebounds at USC and answered with 19 points and 12 boards (five offensive) Saturday at UCLA. The effort Saturday was his fourth double-double of the season. Over his last five games, Radenovic is averaging 10.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Denting the Scoreboard: After averaging 74.4 points per game in 12 non-conference games, Arizona has picked up the scoring pace by averaging 83.9 points in 13 Pac-10 games. Prior to league play, Arizona scored 80 or more points in five of those 12 non-conference games and tallied 80 or more points eight times in conference action, including six of the last seven games.
Windex Men: Solid board work continues to help the Wildcats, as the club posted a +7.5 rebound margin in the wins at USC and UCLA. One of the nice numbers in Saturday’s win at UCLA was a 26-12 rebound advantage in the second half that enabled the Wildcats to finish the contest with a +8 rebound advantage. This season, Arizona is 15-2 when outrebounding the opposition.
It Can’t Last: After starting the game by allowing UCLA to make eight of its first 12 three-point field goals (in fact eight of UCLA’s 14 first-half FGs were treys) in the first nine minutes, Arizona did a nice job of clamping down defensively. UA limited the Bruins to just 2-of-17 shooting from behind the arc (.118) the rest of the way and a 10-of-29 (.345) mark for the game.
That’s Interesting: Arizona has trailed at the half eight times in 2004-05 and has come back to win six of those games, including a 5-0 mark in conference play.
On the Glass: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic tallied 12 rebounds (10 defensive) in Thursday’s game. The total was two shy of his career high, set Jan. 15 vs. UCLA, an was Radenovic’s fifth double-figure rebounding game this season. All told, three Arizona players have collected a total of 15 double-figure games on the glass. Channing Frye leads the Cats with eight, while Hassan Adams has two to his credit.
On the Tube: Arizona’s Feb. 26 men’s basketball game at Washington will tip-off at 1 p.m. PST, the Pacific-10 Conference office announced Monday. The contest, which features the league’s two nationally ranked squads, was selected for national broadcast by Fox Sports Net. It marks Arizona’s 16th national television appearance of the season. The Cats could have one more scheduled national television appearance in 2004-05, as the regular season finale, Saturday, March 5, at Arizona State, is a Pac-10 wildcard selection as well. A time and network for that game will be announced no later than 12 days prior to tip-off.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Twelve times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
19 points ?- 19-0 run over 4:10 at UCLA, Feb. 12
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
18 points ?- 22-4 run over 7:50 vs. California, Feb. 3
17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28
16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30
16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20
16 points ?- 29-13 run over 10:56 vs. Stanford, Feb. 5
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 137-16 (.895) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 13-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School; and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following tonight’s game, Arizona concludes the 2004-05 home slate on Sunday, when UA hosts Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. MST. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net.