Date: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007
Time: 6 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: Arizona (17-9, 8-7 Pac-10) begins a three-game road trip to close the regular season Sunday night at intrastate rival Arizona State (7-19, 1-14 Pac-10) ... Arizona is trying to avoid its second three-game losing streak of the season while Arizona State looks for back-to-back victories for the first time since Dec. 19 and 21 ... A win tonight would give Arizona a positive record in true road games this season, as the Cats are currently 4-4 in such contests ... The last five games in Tempe have been decided by an average of 13.4 points, and UA has won four of those games.
The Rankings: After losing two games last week,
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 778-278 (.737) and 586-186 (.759) 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 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (324) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.762/324-101) 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 344-40 (.896) in
Last Time Out: Josh Shipp scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and Darren Collison added 17 points and 15 assists as fifth-ranked UCLA cruised to the 81-66 victory last Saturday. Arizona used a 7-0 run over the last 2:15 of the first half to cut the deficit to one, but the Bruins, who shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second, had the lead back up to seven within the half’s first three minutes. Fifteen of Collison’s 17 points came from the three-point line as UCLA outscored UA, 39-12, from behind the arc. Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams led the Cats with 17 points each.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 211th meeting of the two schools with
A Little Too Quickly: It took 23 years for an opponent to surpass a 12-point win by Tennessee (61-49) on Dec. 23, 1983, as the worst home loss for the Wildcats under Lute Olson. Somewhat surprisingly, it took just 21 days for the feat to be accomplished again, as UCLA topped
16 ?- UCLA 81,
10 ?- UCLA 71,
Swept Away: By dropping home games to both USC (80-75) and UCLA (81-66) last week, the Wildcats were swept at home in a conference weekend for the first time since the 1983-84 campaign. On Jan. 12 & 14, 1984, Arizona was defeated by Washington (55-53) and Washington State (51-49), respectively, which marked the last time a pair of conference foes entered McKale Center and won during the same weekend.
Above Water: A win tonight would improve the
Denting the Scoreboard:
Pressure the Shooters: In sweeping
The Take on Turnovers: Through 26 games,
Relying on the Three: After UCLA connected on 13-of-28 (.464) three-point field goal attempts in last Saturday’s win, it almost felt like the Bruins were relying on that offensive weapon. In conference play, opponents are shooting 36.5 percent (124-of-340) from behind the arc ?- 10 points higher than
Board Work: One statistics that almost unfailingly continues is
Stepping Up: On the season,
The Century Mark: By equaling a season high with two treys in four attempts against UCLA, Mustafa Shakur moved closer to a statistical milestone. The 6-foot-3 senior from
Elite Company: Freshman Chase Budinger’s 13 points last week against the Bruins pushed him into some elite company. The 6-foot-7 forward from
It’s Never a Bad Time for a Sean Elliott Comparison: Lute Olson set a high standard when he favorably compared Chase Budinger to
Player GP-GS Min FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb. A Stl Pts.-Avg.
Elliott 26-26 860 147-303 .485 -- 101-138 .732 139 52 20 393-15.1
Budinger 26-26 850 150-303 .495 40-110 .364 71-84 .845 150 51 30 411-15.8
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 161-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
25-8 run over 9:01 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
22-10 run over 8:25 at
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 game,