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Men's Basketball Faces Richmond in Fiesta Bowl Classic Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 01, 2005
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Fiesta Bowl Classic Championship Game

Game 12:  No. 14 Arizona (9-2) vs. Richmond (5-4)


Date:  Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004

Time:  6:30 p.m. MST

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

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

TV:  FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)


Game Data:  No. 14 Arizona (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10) seeks its 19th title in the 20 years of the Fiesta Bowl Classic presented by Bank One Thursday against Richmond (5-4, 0-0 A-10) ... Under Lute Olson, Arizona is 123-36 (.774) in games played in December, including an 83-19 (.814) mark since the start of the 1990-91 campaign ... The Wildcats are 38-1 in Fiesta Bowl Classic action with the lone defeat coming in the 2000 championship game, a 75-74 loss to Mississippi State.


All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access,'s premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of FSN Arizona's TV broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl Championship Game beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:


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Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)

Postgame Coaches and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)


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Fiesta Bowl Classic Consolation Game

Butler (5-4) vs. Eastern Washington (2-9)


Date:  Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004

Time:  4 p.m. MST

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

Radio:  Butler Broadcast | Eastern Washington Broadcast

TV: All-Access Webcast


All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access,'s premium audio/video service, can watch a live video webcast of McKale Center's broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl Consolation Game beginning at 4 p.m. will also provide additional live and postgame coverage of the game, including:


Live Game Statistics (Free)


Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)

Postgame Coaches and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)


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The Rankings:  After a win last week, Arizona held at No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 and rose to No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.  UA has been ranked in 292 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.


Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 720-251 (.742) and 528-159 (.769) 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 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the second-most Pac-10 wins (290) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.775/290-84) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles)  ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (449-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 313-32 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 241 of its last 258 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 1-0 vs. Richmond and 38-0 the Fiesta Bowl Classic play.


Last Time Out:  Arizona held Eastern Washington to just 32.7 percent shooting and forced a season-high 24 turnovers as the Wildcats never trailed in posting its 38th win in 39 Fiesta Bowl Classic appearances, a 79-45 decision on Tuesday.  UA shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the second straight game and saw 11 of 12 players score.  Channing Frye led all scorers with 16 points, while Hassan Adams added 13 points, five assists and four steals.


Scouting Richmond:  The Spiders enter Thursday’s game with a 5-4 record after a 69-68 win over Butler in Tuesday’s first semifinal.  UR shoots 48.4 percent from the field (236-of-488), posts a -1.2 rebound margin and is being outscored by 2.1 points per game.  Individually, three Spiders average in double figures, led by Kevin Steenberge, who averages 13.9 points per game.  Jermaine Bucknor chips in with per game averages of 13.9 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds.


The Series:  Tuesday’s game marks the second meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 1-0 series advantage.  The only previous meeting came 10 years ago, a 95-68 UA win on Dec. 28, 1994 in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.  All time, Arizona is 1-0 in series games played in Tucson, 0-0 in Richmond, Va.,  and 0-0 in neutral-site games.  For more series information, please see page 104 of the Arizona basketball media guide.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 95, Richmond 68, Dec. 28, 1994:  Arizona equaled a Fiesta Bowl Classic record by shooting 64.4 percent (38-of-59) from the floor in defeating Richmond by 27 points.  Damon Stoudamire knocked down 5-of-8 three-point field goal attempts en route to 19 points.  Stoudamire, who also finished with nine assists and five steals, was one of four UA players to finish in double figures.  All told, the UA starting lineup shot .625 (25-of-40) from the floor.


Against the Atlantic 10:  All-time, Arizona is 13-7 (.650) against schools that currently reside in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  UA’s last game against an A-10 member came on Nov. 21, 2000, a 76-59 Wildcat win over Dayton in the 2000 Maui Invitational semifinals.


A Reunion of Sorts:  Consider it a Gold Medal reunion of sorts as Arizona’s Mustafa Shakur and Hassan Adams and Richmond head coach Jerry Wainright renew acquaintances on the court.  Wainright served as a court coach for USA Basketball during the trials for the 2004 World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team.  UA’s Shakur and Adams were a part of that team which went on to capture the Gold Medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It marks the second such meeting of the season for Shakur and Adams, as they also faced Marquette’s Tom Crean, who was an assistant coach, on Dec. 18.


Finally:  It only took 11 games to do so, but Arizona finally managed to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor in two consecutive games this season.  The Cats shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in Tuesday’s win, which marked the best UA shooting percentage in any half this season.  Over the last two games, Arizona has connected on 52.9 percent (63-of-119) of its field goal attempts and has raised its season FG percentage 22 points to 42.1 percent.  Dating back to last season, it’s been 18 games since UA shot better than 50 percent from the floor in back-to-back games.


Ball Movement:  Perhaps its not so surprising that Arizona has shot the ball better in its last two outings when you look at the assist totals.  Against Manhattan and Eastern Washington, 65 percent of the field goal scored came courtesy of an assist (41 of 63), not to mention the fact that the 41 assists equaled the best back-to-back this season.  No fewer than nine Wildcats tallied at least one assist in each of those victories.


Clamping Down:  The defense was in order in each of Arizona’s last two wins, as the Cats forced a season-high 24 turnovers in each contest.  Of those 48 turnovers, 30 came in the first half which led to a combined total of 38 turnover points.


Stolen Moments:  Led by Hassan Adams and Channing Frye, who each collected four, Arizona collected 15 steals in the win over Eastern Washington.  In the last two games the Wildcats have amassed 31 steals.  The last time Arizona managed to muster more than 31 steals in consecutive games was Feb. 13 and 15, 1997, against UCLA (19) and USC (15).


A Nice Effort:  Junior Hassan Adams continues to do many things well for the Wildcats.  His all-around game was certainly on display against Eastern Washington, as the 6-foot-4 guard hit 5-of-9 shots and finished with 13 points, a career-best five assists and a season-high four steals.  On the season, the Los Angeles product is averaging 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He leads all Wildcat players with nine double-figure scoring games in 2004-05.


Tough to Score:  As was the case Tuesday, Arizona continues to do a good job of making it difficult for the opposition to score, as evidenced by the opponents’ 63.2 points per game average.  Five times this season, Arizona has limited the opposition to 65 points or less, including two times of less than 50.  UA’s 63.2 scoring defense figure is the lowest for the program since 1985-86, the year the three-point shot was initiated.


Limiting Looks:  Arizona held Eastern Washington to just 32.7 percent (17-of-52) shooting, marking the fourth time this season that an opponent has failed to shoot at least 40 percent from the floor.  Through 11 games, Arizona opponents are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, but that figure drops to 39.0 percent (104-of-267) in the last five games.


Hold Them Down:  To date, the Wildcats are holding the opposition to just 28.6 percent (57-of-199) from three-point range, posting a +4.8 rebound margin and forcing 3.0 more turnovers per game.


On the Glass:  Arizona is 8-0 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and four times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin.  UA has outrebounded eight of 11 opponents in 2004-05.  Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.


Center of Attention:  Over the last five games, Channing Frye has stepped up and started playing like a preseason All-American.  The 6-foot-11 center from Phoenix is averaging 15.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game in that span while shooting 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the field.  Incidentally, he’s posted those statistics while averaging less than 30 minutes per game.


Sneaking Up:  Don’t look now, but Salim Stoudamire’s field goal percentage continues to rise to respectability.  Over his last five games, Stoudamire is shooting 54.2 percent from the field, including 10-of-16 (.625) from three-point range.  The effort has raised the senior guard’s season field goal percentage to 49.0 percent (47-of-96), which is the highest figure of his career.


Balanced Attack:  Arizona’s 79-45 win Tuesday allowed the entire active roster to see action.  Of the 12 players to see action, 11 received double-figure minutes, and 11 of those players scored.  In each of the last two wins, no Arizona player has logged more than 24 minutes of action.


Responding:  Freshman Daniel Dillon definitely has responded to increased playing time as he posted his best statistical game to date with five points, a rebound and two steals against Eastern Washington.  The 6-foot-3 guard from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has six appearances to date, but has averaged 14 minutes per game in each of the last three.  Incidentally, his five points vs. EWU were his first as a collegian.


Always on the Run:  Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Six times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points.  Here is a look at the list:

21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21

19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18

18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16

17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28

16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30

16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21


Tops in the Pac-10:  In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference, Arizona was selected as the team to beat for the league title.  The Cats received 19 of a possible 26 first-place votes and 253 points overall.  Washington (237), Stanford (194) and Oregon (167) rounded out the top four places.  It is the 10th time since 1989-90 that UA has been the predicted winner in the preseason poll.


Scoring 80:  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 128-16 (.889) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.  The Cats are 4-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.


Early Signees:  Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period.  Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School;  and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.


Up Next:  Following tonight’s game, Arizona opens Pac-10 play against intrastate rival Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 2.  Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.


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