Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006
Time: 4 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: ABC (Dave Pasch/Jimmy Dykes)
ONLINE: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center production of the game with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hanson calling the action immediately following its conclusion (approximately 6 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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Game Data: Arizona (11-6, 4-3 Pac-10) closes out a brief two-game homestand by hosting California (10-5, 4-2 Pac-10) Saturday in McKale Center ... The Wildcats find themselves in the recently unfamiliar territory of looking for the weekend sweep after losing on Thursday in each of the last two weeks ... Sixty-five percent of Arizona’s field goals Thursday came as a result of an assist (21-of-32) ... The Wildcats are 8-0 when leading at the half this season ... Following today’s game, the Wildcats will be on the road for its next four games.
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 752-262 (.742) and 560-170 (.767) 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 (309) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.774/309-90) 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 328-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out: Mustafa Shakur scored seven of his 13 points in overtime, including a key bucket and free throw with 1:14 to go, as
The Series: Today’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with
Milestone No. 1: This afternoon’s game against the Golden Bears will be the 500th
Milestone No. 2: Saturday’s game marks the 400th career Pac-10 game for Lute Olson. Only three other coaches in conference history have coached in more league games: Slats Gill,
A Rodgers Clarification: Senior guard Chris Rodgers was dismissed from the team on Jan. 18, but according to Coach Olson, the door is not completely closed. During his postgame comments on Thursday, Olson said the following, “We issued the statement and we met with Chris and some of his teammates today. The door is open a crack with the ball in his court. There are certain things that he is going to have to do, and if he does them, he has a chance to come back. That would not happen for a number of weeks.”
More Roster Moves: Jawann McClellan underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left (non-shooting) wrist. He will miss the remainder of the season. McClellan, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from
Extra Sessions: Thursday’s win marked the Wildcats’ fourth overtime game of the season of which the team has won the last three. UA must be getting used to the extra sessions because the team’s 17 points scored in that five minutes on Thursday was a season high, even topping the team’s 15 points scored in the double overtime win at
Beware of the Second Half: In its seven conference games,
Doubly Noteworthy: Mustafa Shakur put forth a solid effort Thursday with 13 points, 12 assists and four rebounds. Not only were the 12 assists a career high, but it was the highest single-game assist for a Wildcat since Lute Walton passed out 12 against Stanford on March 9, 2000. Shakur knocked down all five free throw attempts in overtime to propel UA to victory. He committed just three turnovers in 40 minutes played on Thursday. Shakur joins Ivan Radenovic as the only two Wildcats to collect double-doubles in 2005-06.
Stolen Moments: Led by Ivan Radenovic (5) and Hassan Adams (4),
Spreading it Around: As mentioned earlier,
Resiliency: Thursday’s win was just the second this season for
On The Glass: Thursday’s win saw nine of the 10 UA players to see action collect at least one board. Ivan Radenovic (8) and Marcus Williams (6) combined for 14 caroms as the starters grabbed 14 of the team’s 33 rebounds. Of those, 19 were offensive.
Back At It: Senior forward Isaiah Fox turned in a spirited performance Thursday, collecting six points and four rebounds (three offensive) in 13 minutes played. The six points scored were more points than he had tallied in his previous eight appearances, dating back to Nov. 27 vs.
Accuracy Leads to Points: In Thursday’s first half,
Select Company: With a season-high 22 points Thursday against Stanford on 9-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, freshman Marcus Williams joined a select bit of company. The 6-foot-7 forward from
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 147-18 (.891) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
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: Following today’s game,