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Release: January 21, 2006
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Game 18:  Arizona (11-6, 4-3) vs. California (10-5, 4-2)


Date:  Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006

Time:  4 p.m. MST

Location:  Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

Radio:  Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

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.


The Rankings:  Arizona fell out of both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after a brief one-week return.  The Cats saw its string of 312 consecutive regular-season AP poll appearances end on Dec. 19.


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 McKale Center and have won 256 of its last 274 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 38-10 against California.


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 Arizona gutted out an emotional 90-81 overtime win on Thursday.  Shakur also added a career-high 12 assists to notch his first career double-double.  Both teams traded hot-shooting halves, as Arizona rode 54.8 percent shooting en route to an 11-point halftime lead.  Stanford forced the extra session by shooting 63.6 percent in the second half and erasing the deficit.  UA freshman Marcus Williams tallied a career-high 22 points, while Ivan Radenovic added 18 and a game-high eight rebounds.


Scouting California:  The Golden Bears enter today’s game with a 10-5 record (4-2 Pac-10) following Thursday’s 88-58 win at Arizona State.  As a team, Cal shoots 45.9 percent from the field (373-of-813), including 40.2 percent (94-of-234) from three-point range, while averaging 73.4 points per game.  Opponents shoot at a 44.0 percent clip and are averaging 65.9 points per game.  Three Cal players average in double figures, led by Leon Powe’s 19.5 ppg and 9.9 rpg marks.


The Series:  Today’s game is the 71st meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 46-24 series advantage.  UA has won 13 of the last 14 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1924, including the last meeting, 88-63, in Los Angeles on March 10, 2005.  Arizona has won 10 straight games over California in Tucson.  All-time, Arizona is 23-8 in series games played in Tucson, 20-15 in Berkeley, Calif., and 3-1 in neutral-site games.  Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 88, California 63, March 10, 2005:  Channing Frye hit 10-of-11 field goals en route to a game-high 22 points as Arizona posted a convincing 25-point win over California.  Frye’s accuracy keyed a Wildcat effort that saw the squad shoot 58.1 percent (36-of-62) from the field, its second-best effort of the season.  UA posted a 39-27 rebound advantage and limited California to just 38.8 percent (26-of-67) shooting from the floor.  Frye was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures.


Milestone No. 1:  This afternoon’s game against the Golden Bears will be the 500th Arizona men’s basketball game in McKale Center.  Since its opening on Feb. 1, 1973, in an 87-69 win over Wyoming, Arizona has a 423-76 (.848) record on its current home court.  Incidentally, the Cats are 328-34 (.906) in McKale Center under Lute Olson.


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, Oregon State (1929-64), 517; Jack Friel, Washington State (1929-58), 489; and Hec Edmundson, Washington (1921-47), 412.  In his 23-year career at Arizona, Olson has the most Pac-10 wins (309) of any coach in league history and the second-best conference winning percentage (.774/309-90).


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 Houston, Texas, averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games this season. He regained his academic eligibility on Jan.11.  Shortly thereafter, freshman forward Fendi Onobun came out of his redshirt on Thursday and responded with six points (3-of-4 FG) and two rebounds in 13 minutes.  Onobun is a 6-foot-6, 239-pound product of Houston, Texas.  He missed the first 16 games of the season.


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 Washington on Dec. 31.  The four OT games are the most the team has played in a season since 1996-97 (4).


Beware of the Second Half:  In its seven conference games, Arizona has proven to be a bit vulnerable in the second half.  Cumulatively, UA opponents are shooting 48.9 percent (87-of-178) from the floor.  In the four UA wins, opponents have shot less than 50 percent from the floor and are averaging 34.5 points in the half.  In the three losses, the opponents have shot better than 53 percent and are averaging 39.9 points.


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), Arizona collected 14 steals in Thursday’s win.  Radenovic’s five pilfers were a career high and marked the 16th time this season that a Wildcat has collected four or more steals in a game.  All told, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with an average of 11.00 steals per game, a figure that is 2.1 steals per game higher than any other team in the league.


Spreading it Around:  As mentioned earlier, Arizona collected 21 assists on 32 field goals scored (66 percent) against the Cardinal, marking the seventh time that the team has collected an assist on at least 60 percent of its field goals.  Additionally, it was the sixth time that UA has had 20 or more assists in a game.


Resiliency:  Thursday’s win was just the second this season for Arizona when trailing with five minutes to go in regulation.  Both contests took overtime to do so, as the other occurrence took place Dec. 31 at Washington.  The five-minute mark proves to be telling for Arizona.  The Cats are 9-0 when leading with five minutes to go.


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. Virginia.  His 3-of-6 shooting equaled season highs for both field goals made and attempted.


Accuracy Leads to Points:  In Thursday’s first half, Arizona shot a 54.8 percent (17-of-31) from the field and was further bolstered by 7-of-11 (.636) shooting from three-point range.  All that accuracy helped the Wildcats rack up a season-high 46 points in the 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 Seattle, Wash., is one of only 10 Wildcats to post at least one 20-point game during his freshman campaign.  Here is the list (times accomplished):  Gilbert Arenas (8), 1999-2000; Jason Gardner (5), 1999-2000; Salim Stoudamire (4), 2001-02; Richard Jefferson (3), 1998-99; Michael Wright (3), 1998-99; Hassan Adams (3), 2002-03; Luke Walton (1), 1999-2000; Channing Frye (1), 2001-02; and Mustafa Shakur (1), 2003-04.


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.  Arizona is 5-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.


Always On the Run:  Throughout the season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity:

29-1 run over 10:43 vs. Virginia, Nov. 27 (UVa went 0-of-12 with seven turnovers during the run)

33-15 run over 10:26 vs. Sam Houston State, Dec. 19 (UA 13-of-20 in run)

22-6 run over 8:19 at Oregon State, Jan. 12 (Seven TO and just 7 OSU FG attempts in run)

21-6 run over 7:12 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 23 (no MSU field goals in last 5:44 of regulation)

20-4 run over 9:10 vs. Kansas, Nov. 21 (KU hits 3-of-first-12 FG attempts with nine TO)

21-5 run over 7:57 at Houston, Dec. 3 (two UH FGs in last eight minutes of first half)

21-9 run over 12:23 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 22 (UA hits 7-of-11 FG in run)

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 Washington, Dec. 31 (UA makes 10-of-first-14 FG to ignite 2nd half run)


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 Carlsbad, Calif., LaCosta High School; Jordan Hill (F, 6-8, 210) from Atlanta, Ga., The Patterson (N.C.) School;  and Nic Wise (G, 5-10, 180) from Kingwood, Texas., Kingwood High School, will join the squad next fall.


Up Next:  Following today’s game, Arizona will next be in action on Wednesday, Jan. 25, when the Wildcats play at Arizona State.  The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.

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