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Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Marquette
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Release: 12/18/2004
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Game 9: No. 15 Arizona (6-2) at No. 25 Marquette (9-0)

Date: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004

Time: 1 p.m. CST

Location: Al McGuire Court at the Bradley Center (19,150), Milwaukee, Wis.

Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

TV: ESPN2 (Bob Carpenter/Jimmy Dykes)

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Game Data: No. 15 Arizona (6-2, 0-0 Pac-10) travels to Milwaukee, Wis., Saturday for its final road game in December at No. 25 Marquette (9-0, 0-0 C-USA) ... Dating back to the start of the 1999-2000 season, Arizona is 4-4 in true road games played in December ... Counting Saturday’s game, the Wildcats will have traveled more than 6,100 miles to play its five non-conference road or neutral-site games.

The Rankings: After a win last week, Arizona held firm at No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 but slipped to No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. UA has been ranked in 290 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 717-251 (.741) and 525-159 (.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 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 (290) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.775/290-84) 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 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 311-32 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 239 of its last 256 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 4-1 against Marquette.

Last Time Out: Hassan Adams’ rebound dunk with 36 seconds remaining put the cap on UA’s come-from-behind 67-62 win over Utah last Saturday. Adams’ dunk put Arizona up by four points and the team made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 25 seconds to clinch the 1,000th victory in Lute Olson’s coaching career. Ten of Adams’ 14 points and all five rebounds (four offensive) came in the second half.

Scouting Marquette: The Golden Eagles enter Saturday’s game with 9-0 record after a 63-54 win last Saturday over Wisconsin. Marquette shoots 44.5 percent from the field (210-of-472), posts a +11.9 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 11.1 points per game. Individually, three players average in double figures, led by Travis Diener’s 21.1 points per game average. Marcus Jackson leads the club with a 9.3 rebounds per game average.

The Series: Saturday’s game marks the fourth meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 2-1 series advantage. Arizona has won the last two meetings in the series, which dates back to 1973-74, including an 85-75 win in Tucson on Dec. 12, 2003. All-time, Arizona is 2-0 in series games played in Tucson, 0-1 in Milwaukee, Wis., and 0-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 103 of the Arizona media guide for more series information.

Last Meeting: Arizona 85, Marquette 75, Dec. 12, 2003: Trailing 50-35 with 17:17 remaining, Arizona responded with a 50-21 run over the next 17 minutes to pull out the 10-point win. Salim Stoudamire connected on 8-of-11 shots from the floor, including 7-of-9 from three-point range, as he tallied 15 of his season-high 27 points in the second half. Hassan Adams added 20 points and two blocks and helped to limit Marquette to just 30.6 percent shooting in the second half.

Against Conference USA: All-time, Arizona has a 19-15 (.559) record against schools that currently reside in Conference USA. This will be Arizona’s fourth game against C-USA opposition in the last two-plus seasons.

On the Outside: After a pair of games against two of the nation’s best big men in Mississippi State’s Lawrence Roberts and Utah’s Andrew Bogut, Arizona gets a chance to deal with one of the country’s best perimeter players in Marquette’s Travis Diener. The 6-foot-1 guard averages better than 21 points per game. Last season against the Wildcats, Diener went 8-of-18 from the floor and finished with 21 points and 10 assists (no turnovers) in 38 minutes of action.

Bouncing Back: Salim Stoudamire was held to a career-low one field goal attempt in going scoreless for just the third time in his 101-game career. If past performance is any indication, expect a big game from the 6-foot-1 guard as he has rebounded from those 0-fers to average 22.5 points per game. In those two games, Stoudamire has connected on 15-of-23 field goal attempts (.652), including 8-of-12 (.667) from three-point range, to go with seven assists.

On the Road: The weather might not be the only chill on the horizon for the Wildcats as the squad heads to Milwaukee. In four games this season away from McKale Center, Arizona has been anything but red hot, shooting just 35.2 percent from the floor (96-of-273), including 25.3 percent (20-of-79) from behind the arc, en route to an average of 62.2 points per game. Suffice it to say that those numbers are all substantially lower than UA’s per game season averages.

Impact Player: Hassan Adams led Arizona to a 67-62 win over Utah Saturday by totaling 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. The 6-foot-4 junior hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor and went 2-of-2 from the line in posting his seventh consecutive double-figure scoring game (longest active streak on the team). Adams scored 10 of those 14 points in the second half, including a put-back slam with 36 seconds remaining that put the game out of reach. Adams hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor and grabbed all five rebounds (four offensive) in the second half as Arizona outscored Utah, 38-30.

Millennium Man: Saturday’s win over Utah was the 1,000th career coaching victory for Lute Olson covering all levels. In his 47 seasons Olson has a record of 1,000-349 (.741), including 11 years as a high schools coach, four on the junior college level and 32 on the NCAA Division I level. Olson is the 16th coach in basketball history to reach 1,000 career wins, and the only one to do so with the majority of his wins to come on the collegiate level. Of the 15 others on the list, nine won a majority of games on the professional level and six did so in high school.

No. 2 Shot Blocker: With a season-high three blocked shots Saturday , senior Channing Frye moved into second place on the Arizona career blocked shot list with 187. The 6-foot-11 center from Phoenix will have to pick up his pace of 1.8 blocked shots to catch career leader Anthony Cook (1985-89) and his 278 career blocks.

A Dent in the Scoreboard: Arizona continues to struggle offensively, averaging just 72.1 points per game. Through eight games, Arizona has scored less than 70 points five times (3-2 record). Those five games are almost as many occurrences as in the previous three seasons (96 games) combined. In that span, Arizona scored fewer than 70 points seven times (four in 2001-02, 1 in 2002-03 and 2 in 2003-04).

It’s Gotta Get Better: One thing that continues to plague the Wildcats this season is its shooting percentage. In its first eight games, Arizona is shooting just 40.5 percent (214-of-529) from the field. Against Utah, the Wildcats connected on 22-of-52 field goal attempts (.423). UA has shot 50 percent or better from the field only once this season (55.9 vs. Wright State). Salim Stoudamire’s 45.2 percent shooting (38-of-84) leads the team.

Good When It Had to Be: Arizona made just 40.6 percent of its field goal attempts in the second half against Utah, but it was good when it counted most. In the last four minutes against Utah, Arizona connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts, and the one miss turned into a rebound dunk by Hassan Adams that pushed UA’s lead to four with 36 seconds to go. All told, it was Arizona’s first win of the season when trailing with five minutes to go in the second half.

Winning with Defense: Despite its offensive woes, Arizona has been able to win 75 percent of its games due to defense and rebounding. To date, the Wildcats are holding the opposition to just 43.7 percent shooting from the field (201-of-460), including just 29.1 percent (41-of-141) from three-point range, posts a +3.7 rebound margin and forces 2.5 more turnovers per game. In eight games, Arizona has turned it over the same or less than the opposition five times, collected the same or more steals five times, and is 5-0 when outrebounding the opponent. Arizona held Utah to an opponent-low 21 field goals in Saturday’s win.

Knock ?'Em Down: Credit a return to the free throw line for UA’s success of late. In the last three games, Arizona has outscored the opposition by 18 points (55-37). That’s not too shabby when two of those wins were by five points or less. UA enjoyed an 18-13 scoring advantage from the line, which exactly provided the margin of victory. In the last three games, UA has connected on 82.1 percent (55-of-67) from the charity stripe.

A Certain Kind of Toughness: The Wildcats have displayed enough toughness to win close ballgames. On the year, Arizona is 3-1 in games decided by five points or less. Last year, UA was 4-6 in such contests. Four of Arizona’s last five games have been decided by five points or less.

Making Key Plays: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic came off the bench against Utah to make a difference in UA’s five-point win. Shaking off the effects of a hip pointer that caused him to miss the Dec. 5 game with Mississippi State, Radenovic scored 14 points, grabbed two rebounds and passed out two assists in 22 minutes. The 6-foot-10 forward hit 3-of-6 shots from the floor in the second half, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, and drew a key charge with 1:10 remaining.

Against Ranked Opponents: The Wildcats’ defeat of 15th-ranked Mississippi State, Dec. 5, evened the club’s record this season against ranked opponents to 1-1. It also marked Arizona’s first victory over a higher-ranked opponent since Dec. 9, 2003, when No. 9 UA downed No. 6 Texas, 91-83. Since that win, Arizona had been 0-3 against such opponents, including 0-1 this season (60-63 vs. No. 1 Wake Forest on Nov. 26).

Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference, Arizona was selected as the team to beat for the league title. The Cats received 19 of a possible 26 first-place votes and 253 points overall. Washington (237), Stanford (194) and Oregon (167) rounded out the top four places. It is the 10th time since 1989-90 that UA has been the predicted winner in the preseason poll.

Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 127-16 (.888) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 3-0 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: The Wildcats return to Tucson for one game before the Christmas break, as the squad hosts Manhattan on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.

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