Game 30: No. 11 Arizona (24-5, 14-3) at Arizona State (18-11, 7-10)
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2005
Time: 4 p.m. MST
Location: Wells Fargo Arena (14,141), Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
Game Data: No. 11 Arizona (24-4, 14-2 Pac-10) closes the 2004-05 regular season Saturday at intrastate rival Arizona State (18-11, 7-10 Pac-10) ... In eight Pac-10 road games this year, Arizona shoots 49.1 percent from the floor, posts a +7.2 rebound margin and averages 80.2 points per game ... In the four games immediately following a loss this season, the Wildcats have won all four contests by an average of 14.8 points ... A win today would give UA its 12th 25-win season under Lute Olson.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 11 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 301 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 735-254 (.743) and 543-162 (.770) 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 is tied with UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) for the most Pac-10 wins (304) in history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.777/304-87) 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 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 322-33 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 250 of its last 267 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 38-7 against Arizona State.
Last Time Out: A 9-0 Washington run late in the first half ultimately proved to be the difference in the contest, as Arizona played from behind for the majority of the game in a 93-85 loss last Saturday at Washington. UA battled back from as many as 13 down in the second half, closing to within one point with 4:58 to go, but could not get over the hump as Washington made every big play down the stretch and hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 35 seconds to clinch it. The loss tarnished Channing Frye’s career-high 30 points on 13-of-15 shooting.
Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils enter Saturday’s game with an 18-11 record (7-10 Pac-10) after a 57-55 loss Saturday at Washington State. ASU shoots 45.6 percent from the field (750-of-1646), posts a +3.5 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 4.9 points per game. Individually, three players average in double figures, led by Ike Diogu, who leads the Pac-10 with a 22.4 points per game average. Diogu also leads the team by averaging a league-best 9.8 rebounds per game.
The Series: Saturday’s game marks the 207th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 133-73 series advantage. UA has won 19 of the last 20 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1914, including the last get-together, 97-79, in Tucson on Jan. 2. All-time, Arizona is 75-25 in series games played in Tucson, 57-48 in Tempe, and 1-0 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 103 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 97, Arizona State 79, Jan. 2, 2005: Salim Stoudamire scored seven points in a key 14-0 second half run as Arizona ran away from Arizona State, 97-79. Stoudamire connected on 5-of-7 field goal for the game and scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as UA outscored ASU, 51-38 after the break. The Cats forced 19 turnovers in the game and shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the second half. Channing Frye (21) and Mustafa Shakur (20) combined for 41 points as Arizona won for the eighth straight time.
Strong in the Middle: Channing Frye helped Arizona to a split in two road games last week by averaging 28.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. The senior center connected on an incredible 85.7 percent from the floor (24-of-28), 100.0 percent (8-of-8) from the free throw line and averaged 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as well. He proved to be the difference in Arizona’s one-point overtime win on Thursday at Washington State by hitting 11-of-13 shots en route to a career-high 26 points to go with eight boards, four blocks and two steals in 43 minutes. He followed that up by posting his first career 30-point game with 30 points, five rebounds and three assists in the loss at Washington. On the way to those 30 points, Frye hit a career-best 13-of-15 field goals. On the year, Frye is averaging 15.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, 83.4 percent from the free throw line.
Trying to Surpass a Legend: A win would also give UA coach Lute Olson his 305th career Pac-10 victory, moving him past UCLA’s John Wooden for most career conference wins by a league head coach. Entering today’s game, Olson has a career Pac-10 record of 304-87 (.777), while Wooden amassed a 304-74 (.810) mark while the mentor in Westwood. Incidentally, Olson currently stands 14th on the NCAA all divisions coaching victories list with a record of 735-254 (.743). He is also ranks third on the NCAA Division I active victories list behind only Texas Tech’s Bob Knight and Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton.
A Win Today: An Arizona win today would give the Wildcats at least a share of its 11th Pac-10 regular season championship and the 24th league title in school history. Of the 10 Pac-10 titles that Olson has won since 1986, eight of those have been of the outright variety. Additionally, it would be the program’s third league title since 2000 (2000, 2003)
The 30-Point Plateau: Channing Frye’s career-high 30 points Saturday against Washington was his first career 30-point game. He joins Salim Stoudamire, who’s posted two 30-point games this season, as the only Wildcats to top the 30-point plateau in 2004-04. Incidentally, Frye (1), Stoudamire (5) and Hassan Adams (2) are the three players on the UA roster who have scored 30 or more points in their careers.
Shooting Blanks: Interestingly, Arizona struggled from the free throw line in two games this week, connecting on just 21-of-31 (.677) attempts. The effort dropped UA’s season free throw percentage to 77.7 percent (453-of-557).
All Resistance Failed: In Saturday’s loss to Washington, Arizona allowed a season-high 93 points and allowed the Huskies to outshoot them 56.7 percent to 52.9 percent. The ability to outshoot the opposition has been key for the Wildcats this season, as all five of Arizona’s losses this season have come when the team has been outshot by the opposition.
Streak Stopped: Arizona shot 52.9 percent (37-of-70) from the field in Saturday’s game at Washington, marking the first time in 12 games this season that Arizona has shot 50 percent or better from the floor and lost. On the season, Arizona is now shooting 46.5 percent (839-of-1,805) from the floor as a team.
Off Target: Salim Stoudamire struggled with his shooting stroke this week by connecting on just 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from the field, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point range. The effort dropped his season field goal percentage to 51.7 percent and his three-point field goal percentage to 53.4 percent. Included was a 1-of-4 effort from the free throw line, marking just the second time in his career that Stoudamire has missed as many as three free throws in a single game. Despite his sub-par shooting, he did equal his season high with four assists in each of the games this week.
Putting Up Good Numbers: Hassan Adams continues to put up impressive numbers in 2004-05. Saturday at Washington, Adams tallied 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with nine boards, six assists and three steals. He also did not commit a turnover in 37 minutes played. Through 29 games, Adams leads UA in steals (64), ranks second in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and assists (84) and third in scoring (12.4 ppg).
Share the Ball: One good sign in Saturday’s loss was the fact that Arizona did manage to equal a season high with 24 assists. It was also nice to see that 64 percent of the team’s field goals came courtesy of an assist. Those numbers look even better after the team could only muster nine in last Thursday’s game at Washington State. On the year, Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 with an average of 16.72 assists per game.
In the Rotation: Freshman Jawann McClellan found himself with 13 quality minutes Saturday at Washington and the Houston product responded seven points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal. McClellan has earned double-figure minutes in five of the last six games and is averaging 5.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this year.
Picking Up the Pace: Sophomore Ivan Radenovic led all Arizona players by collecting six steals in the games at Washington State and Washington. The three steals in each game equaled a career high and was more than 20 percent of his entire season total. Through 28 appearances, Radenovic has 28 steals.
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 18-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 20 of 29 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Fourteen times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
24 points ?- 38-14 run over 11:33 vs. Oregon, Feb. 17
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
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
19 points ?- 19-0 run over 4:10 at UCLA, Feb. 12
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
18 points ?- 22-4 run over 7:50 vs. California, Feb. 3
18 points ?- 31-13 run over 9:59 vs. Oregon State, Feb. 20
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
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20
16 points ?- 29-13 run over 10:56 vs. Stanford, Feb. 5
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 139-17 (.891) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 15-1 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 today’s game, Arizona travels to Los Angeles for the 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. Games at the Staples Center are scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 10, with the Championship game on Saturday, March 12.