Game 2: No. 15
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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 15 Arizona (0-1, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the home portion of the 2006-07 schedule Wednesday against Northern Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) in McKale Center ... The mythical state championship is on the line as the Lumberjacks come to Tucson after defeating Arizona State on Monday ... Tonight marks Arizona earliest home opener on the calendar since 1995-96, a 91-57 win over Long Beach State in the opening round of the 1995 Preseason N.I.T on this same date.
The Rankings: Following Sunday’s game, Arizona slipped to 15th in Associated Press Top 25 poll and to 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. It’s the first time
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 761-270 (.738) and 569-178 (.762) 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 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 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 333-35 (.905) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) come to town riding high following Monday’s 75-71 win at
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 116th meeting of the two schools with
Against the Big Sky: Bolstered by its series with NAU,
For (home) Openers: Under Lute Olson
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 24 years,
First the Good:
Now the Bad: The Wildcat defense allowed
After the Run: Midway through the first half of Sunday’s game,
Start Me Up: The Wildcat starting lineup were responsible for most of the productivity in Sunday’s loss, totaling 82 points, 27 rebounds and shooting a collective 28-of-54 (.519) from the field, including .467 (7-of-15) from three-point range. Admittedly, the quintet did play 162 of the 200 minutes.
A Balanced Effort: Even though
A Rarity: Generally speaking, when
Leading the Way: Senior Ivan Radenovic got off on the right foot at
Making a Difference: Jawann McClellan made a welcome return to the UA perimeter at
Dating Back to Last Year: Marcus Williams collected 18 points and eight rebounds Sunday at
A Nice Debut: Chase Budinger put forth a solid effort in
Player Date Result Points Reb.
Eric Money 11/29/1972 W, 94-87 vs.
Frank Smith 11/30/1979 L, 72-74 at
Bob Elliott 11/30/1973 W, 101-80 vs.
Mike Bibby 11/22/1996 W, 83-72 vs.
Hassan Adams 11/23/2002 W, 107-68 vs.
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: The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 19, against