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Game 5: No. 16
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 16 Arizona (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to action Tuesday following a six-day break to host UNLV (4-1, 0-0 MWC) in McKale Center ... It is the first meeting of the traditional Western basketball powers since Feb. 18, 1990 ... Arizona continues to lead all Pac-10 teams with a 94.8 points per game scoring average, but ranks 10th in scoring defense at 79.0 ppg ... UNLV favors a similar style and averages 82.0 points per game and posts a +10.0 scoring margin in its five games played.
The Rankings: Arizona slipped to No. 16 in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after winning its lone game last week. The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll this season.
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 764-270 (.739) and 572-178 (.763) 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 336-35 (.906) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels (4-1, 0-0 MWC) enter play tonight riding a two-game win streak following Saturday’s 96-88 win over
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 14th meeting of the two schools with UNLV holding a 9-4 series advantage. UNLV has won seven of the last eight meetings, including the last ?- a 95-87 triumph on Feb. 18, 1990, in
The Last Meeting: UNLV 95,
Against the Mountain West:
Leading the Way: In his lone appearance last week, Mustafa Shakur led
High Octane: Despite scoring a season-low 86 points in Wednesday’s win,
Get Out Early: In Wednesday’s win over
Cause and Effect: Missed shots obviously lead to rebounds and
That’s More Like It: Through four games,
Nearing a Milestone: Ivan Radenovic enters the week with averages of 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 75.0 percent (24-of-32) from the field. He is two rebounds shy of 500 career rebounds and 100 points shy of 1,000 career points.
In November: Over the last 24 years, UA is 56-15 (.789) in the month of November. Twenty-six of the Cats’ 71 games (37 percent) in November under Olson have been against ranked teams. Olson’s clubs have gone 18-8 (.692) in those contests.
Topping 1,000: With 14 points on Wednesday, Mustafa Shakur became the 40th player in
A Time to Share: If you’ve read this far, you may already know that Mustafa Shakur tallied six assists and zero turnovers in 26 minutes against Samford. To further the point,
Active on the Perimeter: Junior Jawann McClellan continues to be productive from a number of spots on the floor. Against Samford on Wednesday, McClellan pulled down a career-high nine rebounds (four offensive) to go with 12 points, an assist and a block. On the year, McClellan is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent (22-of-38) from the field and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from three-point range. McClellan is averaging 30.5 minutes per game.
Off the Bench: Freshman Nic Wise set new season highs with nine points, three field goals (in seven attempts) and nine points against Samford. The 5-foot-9 guard from Kingwood,
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
18-3 run over 4:15 at
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.
Up Next: Following tonight’s late-night affair,