Game 14: No. 13 Arizona (11-2, 1-0) at California (8-4, 1-1)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: Haas Pavilion (11,877), Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 13 Arizona (11-2, 1-0 Pac-10) hits the road for the first time in 19 days when it takes on California (8-4, 1-1 Pac-10) Thursday in Berkeley ... Obviously, it’s the first Pac-10 road game for Arizona, which carries a Pac-10-best 125-64 (.661) record in conference road games over the past 21 seasons ... In three wins last week, Arizona limited the opposition to 41.0 percent shooting and an average of 65.0 points ... This is the second of three consecutive national appearances on Fox Sports Net.
The Rankings: After three wins last week, Arizona rose at No. 13 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 293 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 722-251 (.742) and 530-159 (.769) 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 (291) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.776/291-84) 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 315-32 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 243 of its last 260 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 35-10 against California.
Last Time Out: Salim Stoudamire scored seven points in a key 14-0 second half run as Arizona ran away from Arizona State, 97-79, last Sunday. Stoudamire connected on 5-of-7 field goal for the game and scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as UA outscored ASU, 51-38 after the break. The Cats forced 19 turnovers in the game and shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the second half. Channing Frye (21) and Mustafa Shakur (20) combined for 41 points as Arizona won for the eighth straight time.
Scouting California: The Golden Bears enter Thursday’s game with an 8-4 record (1-1 Pac-10) after a 59-47 win Sunday at Washington State. Cal shoots 45.9 percent from the field (291-of-634), posts a +2.2 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 5.6 points per game. Individually, three players average in double figures, led by Richard Midgley, who averages 16.7 points per game. DeVon Hardin leads the club by averaging 5.5 rebounds per game.
The Series: Thursday’s game marks the 68th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 43-24 series advantage. UA has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1924, but UC captured the last in a 87-83 decision in Berkeley on Feb. 5, 2004. All-time, Arizona is 22-8 in series games played in Tucson, 19-15 in Berkeley, and 2-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 103 of the Arizona basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: California 87, Arizona 83, Feb. 5, 2004: California took advantage of 18 Arizona second-half fouls by outscoring the Wildcats, 18-3, from the line after the break in earning the 87-83 victory. The Golden Bears shot just 29.6 percent from the floor in the second half, but connected on 18-of-23 free throws in the period, including 10-of-10 in the last five minutes to hand Arizona its second loss in three games. Andre Iguodala scored a career-high 25 points and added eight rebounds.
In the Middle: Channing Frye led Arizona to a 3-0 week, including the Fiesta Bowl Classic championship, by averaging 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Frye connected on 55.9 percent (19-of-34) as the Wildcats stretched its winning streak to eight games. He opened the week with 16 points, three rebounds and four steals in the 79-45 win over Eastern Washington and followed that with 13 points and eight rebounds in the win over Richmond and earned Fiesta Bowl Classic MVP honors. He closed the week with a 21-point, six-rebound effort in the Cats’ 97-79 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener. He hit 7-of-13 field goal attempts vs. the Sun Devils and added two assists and a steal. On the season, Frye is averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field.
Streaks Stopped: Arizona’s 97-79 win Sunday over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener extended Arizona’s season-long winning streak to eight games. The win also snapped the Sun Devils’ nine-game game win streak. Incidentally, it’s the second time this season that Arizona has defeated a team riding a nine-game win streak, as UA’s 48-43 win Dec. 18 at Marquette also accomplished the feat. For good measure, UA’s win over the Golden Eagles also snapped Marquette’s 34-game non-conference homecourt win streak.
Heating Up: The Wildcat offense has increased its productivity of late by averaging 91.3 points over its last four games, which pushed the UA season scoring average to 76.2 points per game. Prior to the just concluded four-game homestand, Arizona was averaging 69.4 points per game.
Dialing it In: In three games last week Arizona shot 48.9 percent (89-of-182) from the field, including an impressive 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from three-point range. The Cats knocked down at least 11 treys in two of three games this week. Salim Stoudamire and Mustafa Shakur each tallied eight treys this week and shot a combined 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from three-point range.
Count on It: Arizona’s defensive effort continues to a solid one. UA held Eastern Washington, Richmond and Arizona State to a combined 41.0 (68-of-166) field goal percentage and an average of 65.0 points per game. Furthermore, Arizona forced a total of 67 turnovers in the three wins, which were turned into 72 turnover points. Through 13 games, Arizona is limiting opponents to a .426 (312-of-732) field goal percentage and is forcing an average of 19.0 turnovers per game.
Topping 20: Mustafa Shakur posted his second 20-point scoring game this season (third career) with 20 points Sunday vs. Arizona State. The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Philadelphia, connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, to finish with 20 points, three assists and two steals. His four treys also were a career high. Shakur is one of five Wildcats to post at least one 20-point game this season. Stoudamire (3) and Shakur (2) are the only UA players with multiple 20-point games in 2004-05.
Running It Up: After going through a stretch of the schedule where five of six games were decided by five points or less, each of UA’s last four wins have been by 13 points or more. In its current eight-game winning streak, Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.2 points per game.
Offensive Efficiency: Salim Stoudamire continues to be very efficient offensively. In his last four games played, the 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 16.5 points per game on an average of just six field goal attempts per game. Stoudamire is taking good shots and making them. In that span, Stoudamire has connected on 75.0 percent (18-of-24) of his attempts, including 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from three-point range. The improved accuracy has raised his season field goal percentage to 51.9 percent (56-of-108), including 56.7 percent (38-of-67) from behind the arc.
Controlling the Glass: Arizona is 9-0 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and four times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded nine of 13 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
High Impact: Hassan Adams may not have scored a bunch of points in Sunday’s win, but he definitely made his presence known. The 6-foot-4 junior from Los Angeles tallied eight points, a season-best 10 rebounds (seven offensive) and a career-high seven assists against Arizona State. Adams currently ranks third on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg), and second in rebounding (5.8 rpg), assists (33), steals (21) and blocked shots (6).
Half A Century: In racing to 51 second-half points Sunday vs. Arizona State, Arizona shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field after the break, it’s best second half shooting effort of the season. Three times this season the Wildcats have scored more than 50 points in a half with a high of 57 points in the first half against Manhattan on Dec. 21.
Better Ball Movement: Led by Hassan Adams’ career-high seven assists Sunday, Arizona tallied 21 helpers against the Sun Devils. It marked the fifth time this season that the Wildcat had 20 or more assists in a game. Incidentally, five different UA players have passed out at least five assists in a game 12 times this season. Arizona ranks third in the Pac-10 with an average of 17.23 assists per game in 2004-05.
Depth Helps: Lute Olson has definitely used his bench far more often of late. As the depth has rounded into shape and become more productive, the minutes played have been more balanced. Through 13 games, eight Wildcats are averaging at least 13 minutes played and no player is averaging more than 30 minutes per game.
A Win THURSDAY... would certainly be a step in the right direction as far as erasing the memories of last season’s league road woes. Last season, Arizona was 4-5 on the road in Pac-10 play, marking only the fourth time in the Lute Olson era that UA failed to post a winning record away from home. Olson’s 1983 84 (3-6), 1996-97 (3-6) and 1998-99 (4-5) clubs were also below .500 on the road. The 2003-04 edition of the Wildcats was also the sixth team in the Olson era to finish the season without one conference road sweep.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Eight 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
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
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
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 130-16 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 6-0 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 Thursday’s game, Arizona plays at Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 8. The game can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net beginning at Noon PST.