No. 5 Seed
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Time: 12:20 p.m. PST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: No. 5 seed Arizona (20-9, 11-7 Pac-10) travels to Los Angeles for the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and opens play in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon against No. 4 seed Oregon (23-7, 11-7 Pac-10) ... Arizona’s 16 wins and four championships (1988-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center in 2002, the Wildcats are 7-4 in tournament play ... Arizona is 2-0 in neutral-site games this year.
The Rankings: For the third consecutive 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 781-278 (.737) and 589-186 (.760) 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 (327) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/327-101) 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 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 29 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 344-40 (.896) in
Last Time Out: Ivan Radenovic scored a career-high 37 points, and played what Lute Olson called, “one of the best games I’ve ever had anyone play for me,” to lead Arizona to the 85-80 overtime win at Stanford last Saturday. The senior forward hit two key free throws with 12 seconds to go in regulation and scored six of the team’s points in the extra session to clinch the victory. The Cats built as much as a 20-point lead in the first half and then withstood a Stanford rally that ultimately tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation, but most importantly, never trailed in the contest.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks (23-7, 11-7 Pac-10) enter the tournament as the league’s hottest team having won its last four games, including a 70-49 triumph over Oregon State last Saturday. As a team, Oregon averages 76.3 points per game, shoots 44.2 percent (781-of-1,765) from the field and posts a +2.7 per game rebound margin. Defensively, the Ducks allow 66.9 points per game and a .447 field goal percentage. Five
The Series: Today’s game is the 60th meeting of the two schools with
Green With Envy:
Up and At ?'Em: With tip-off scheduled for 12:20 p.m., today’s game marks the eighth game this season that has started on or before 1 p.m. local time. The Cats have a 4-3 record in the seven prior early-afternoon affairs.
In the Bag: Saturday’s victory over Stanford gave
Against Ranked Teams: With 16-ranked
Strong to the finish: After struggling for much of the season in tight games,
In March: Since the start of the 1996-97 season,
The Week’s Best: Ivan Radenovic was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season on March 5 after averaging 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the field in wins at
Something Special: Ivan Radenovic’s 37-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist, zero-turnover effort Saturday at Stanford could simply have been noteworthy for the career highs (points, assists, minutes played), or the shooting (12-of-18 FG, 11-of-11 FT), but it may have been more so for this reason. At a school dominated recently by perimeter players, Radenovic’s 37 points are the most in a single game by a Wildcat post player since F/C Larry Demic poured in 38 points at UCLA on Feb. 17, 1979.
Elite Company: Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Chase Budinger’s 25 points last week elevated him further among some elite company. The 6-foot-7 forward from
Miscellaneous Germinations: The Wildcats enter the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 5 seed. That is
Trends Worth Watching: On average, Arizona outscores the opposition by 10.1 points per game from the free throw line ... This season, the Wildcats are 12-1 when committing the same or fewer turnovers than the opponents ... Arizona is 18-2 when posting a higher field goal percentage than the opposition.
Board Work: One figure that almost unfailingly continues is
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 162-19 (.895) 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)
22-7 run over 9:10 at Stanford, March 3 (Stanford 2-of-12 FG during the run, UA 8-of-12)
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.
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