Date: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006
Time: 12:30 p.m. PST
Location: Maples Pavilion (7,233),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/
TV: CBS (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)
Game Data: Arizona (15-10, 8-6 Pac-10) closes the road portion of the regular season schedule Sunday at Stanford (13-9, 9-4 Pac-10) ... The Cats, who close the season with three consecutive home games, hope to return home with a win, but are 5-9 this season away from home, including 3-5 in Pac-10 play ... Over the last 10 games, Arizona opponents are shooting 47.0 percent (252-of-535) from the field, including 38.0 percent (68-of-179) from three-point range, and are averaging 72.7 points per game.
The Rankings: For the fifth 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 756-266 (.740) and 564-174 (.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 (313) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/313-93) 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 331-34 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enter today’s game with a 13-9 record (9-4 Pac-10) following Thursday’s 82-69 win over
The Series: Today’s game is the 70th meeting of the two schools with
Early and Often: Today’s game marks the sixth late morning/early afternoon start (prior to 1 p.m. local) for the Wildcats this season and UA is 4-1 in those contests.
Streaking, but not a good one:
Less than seven: The Cats enter play this afternoon with an 8-6 Pac-10 record. In Olson’s 22 previous seasons,
Point Production: If
From the four Spot:
Slow Starters: For some reason,
Outdone: Led by Leon Powe’s 10 rebounds Thursday,
Some good, Some Bad:
Find your Center: The Wildcats have enjoyed unseen levels of productivity from center Kirk Walters of late. In his last seven games, the 6-foot-10 junior from
The Epic Turnover
Assisting the Cause: Mustafa Shakur passed out five assists Thursday in
A Standoff: It might be easy to look at Leon Powe’s 30 points and 10 rebounds and say that the Golden Bears won the frontcourt battle. But the Arizona frontline certainly held its own, as the trio of Marcus Williams, Ivan Radenovic and Kirk Walters combined for 43 points (17-of-29 FGs) and 12 rebounds, while Cal’s Powe, Theo Robertson and DeVon Hardin amassed 48 points (18-of-27 FGs) and 15 boards.
From the Youngster: Marcus Williams has stepped things up recently, as he leads the team with averages of 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds over his last 10 games. The 6-foot-7 forward from Seattle, one of the leading candidates for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, connected on 54-of-119 field goal attempts (.454) in that span and averaged 2.0 assists per game. Through 25 games, Williams is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds, and he ranks second on the team with 16 double-figure scoring games.
Toeing the Line: Mustafa Shakur has turned himself into one of the best free throw shooters in the Pac-10. He’s knocked down 14-of-16 free throws over his last three games, and has connected on 41-of-46 (.891) free throw attempts in his last 11 games. The effort has raised his season percentage to 81.6 percent (80-of-98).
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
24-7 run over 9:53 at UCLA, Feb. 4 (UA 9-of-13 FG, 6-of-6 FT in run; UCLA 3-of-10 FG)
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
Up Next: The Wildcats return home to close the regular season with three consecutive hoe games. The homestand begins next weekend, as UA hosts