Game 1: No. 10
Date: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006
Time: 7 p.m. EST
Location: John Paul Jones Arena (15,219),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Bob Rathbun/Bob Elliott/Dan Bonner)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2006-07 season with a, 1,869-mile roadtrip to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia (0-0, 0-0 ACC) ... The Wildcats have the privilege of christening (at least for basketball) UVa’s new John Paul Jones Arena ... This is the first time since 1986-87 that Arizona has opened the season with a true road game, a 92-87 loss at UNLV on Nov. 21, 1986, in the Big Apple N.I.T.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . begins his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 761-269 (.739) and 569-177 (.763) 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:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the fourth meeting of the two schools with
Against the ACC:
In November: Fast starts are the norm for the Cats under Lute Olson. Over the last 23 years,
Exhibition extrapolations: With two exhibition games under its belt,
That’s a Good Sign: Points in any variety are a good sign for a team that averaged just 73.7 points per game last season, which was the lowest since the addition of the three-point field goal in 1986-87, and certainly
Shooting Straight: Lute Olson has steadfastly maintained that the 2006-07 edition of the Arizona Wildcats would be a much better shooting team than the previous squad, which posted the lowest field goal percentage in the Olson era at 44.6 percent. If the exhibitions are any kind of example, Olson will be correct. In the two games against outside competition, UA has connected on 54.2 percent (83-of-153) of its field goal attempts. Of the seven players to average at least five FGA per game, five are shooting better than 50 percent from the field. The team leaders in the exhibition games, freshmen Chase Budinger and Nic Wise, have combined to hit 64.6 percent (31-of-48) of their field goal attempts.
Behind the Arc:
A Measure of Improvement: After posting the first negative rebound margin (-0.3) last year for the first time since 1986, the Wildcats have done a better job of controlling the boards to date. During the exhibition season,
Forcing Turnovers: One thing that hasn’t changed from last season is the ability to force turnovers.
Back At It: Sophomore forward Marcus Williams didn’t miss a beat in returning from an ankle injury, as he tallied 25 points, four rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes against
Point Taken: Mustafa Shakur will take some gaudy numbers into the regular season, as the 6-foot-3 point guard has averaged 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 12.5 assists in the two exhibition game. In 54 total minutes played, the
Steady: Junior Daniel Dillon quietly continues to play his way into the regular rotation. Against
Efficient on the Wings: The duo of Chase Budinger and Jawann McClellan proved to be remarkably efficient against Victoria, combining to hit 11-of-13 field goals, including 7-of-8 from three-point range, to go with five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Budinger (20) and McClellan (13) managed to produce 33 total points from those 13 field goal attempts.
Don’t Overlook Nic: Though he may be the smallest player on the court, don’t count out the contributions of
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
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.
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