Game 17: No. 17 Arizona (13-3, 3-1) vs. UCLA (10-3, 4-1)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005
Time: 4 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: ABC (Brent Musberger/Steve Lavin)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) of the UCLA game, beginning at 8 p.m. ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 17 Arizona (13-3, 3-1 Pac-10) hosts UCLA (10-3, 4-1 Pac-10) in a matchup of one-loss teams in Pac-10 play ... Five of Arizona’s next seven games are at home ... Over its last five games, UA is outrebounding the opposition by 4.2 rebounds per game with the majority of that advantage tied to the offensive glass (79-59) ... The Wildcats’ success this season can be directly tied to shooting percentage as the club is 8-0 when it outshoots the opposition and 5-3 when it doesn’t.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to at No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 294 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 724-252 (.742) and 532-160 (.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 (293) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.775/293-85) 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 316-32 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 244 of its last 261 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 26-19 against UCLA.
Last Time Out: Four players finished in double figures, led by Chris Rodgers (22) and Salim Stoudamire (21), as Arizona posted a 77-68 win on Thursday. The Cats forced 23 turnovers, grabbed four more offensive rebounds to offset 44.8 percent shooting and defeat USC for the 20th consecutive time in McKale Center. UA was good when it had to be, committing just four second-half turnovers and stretched the lead to as many as 12 points. Hassan Adams added 15 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins enter Saturday’s game with a 10-3 record (4-1 Pac-10) after an 86-82 victory Thursday at Arizona State. UCLA shoots 46.6 percent from the field (344-of-738), posts a +5.9 rebound margin and outscores the opposition by 3.9 points per game. Individually, three Bruins average in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson, who averages 17.7 points per game. He also leads the club by averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Series: Saturday’s game marks the 68th meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding a 38-29 series advantage. UA has won nine of the last 12 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 19, 1923, including a 107-83 decision in Tucson on Feb. 14, 2004. The Cats have won seven straight against the Bruins in McKale Center. All-time, Arizona is 17-11 in series games played in Tucson, 11-25 in Los Angeles, and 1-2 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 104 of the Arizona basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Arizona 107, UCLA 83, Feb. 14, 2004: Led by the sharpshooting of Salim Stoudamire, Arizona shot 50 percent from the floor for the fourth straight game in the 24-point win over UCLA. Stoudamire hit 13-of-17 attempts, including 7-of-9 from three-point range en route to a career-high 34 points. The UA defense forced 28 UCLA turnovers and converted those into 50 points on the other end, while Andre Iguodala notched his third triple-double of the season with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Moving Up: Thursday’s win was the 724th career victory on the collegiate level for Arizona head coach Lute Olson, which tied him for 16th place on the NCAA all divisions victory list with former DePaul mentor Ray Meyer. In 32 seasons on the NCAA Division I level, Olson has a career record of 724-252 (.742).
Milestones Passed: A pair of Wildcats reached impressive career milestones in Thursday’s win over USC. With 21 points, senior Salim Stoudamire became the 11th player in UA history to score 1,500 career points. In 108 career games, Stoudamire has amassed 1,517 career points (14.0 ppg). Additionally, Hassan Adams scored 15 points to become the 39th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points. The 6-foot-4 junior now has tallied 1,005 points in 78 games played (12.9 ppg). Adams joins Stoudamire and Channing Frye as active UA players with more than 1,000 career points, marking the first time since the 2000-01 season that UA had three active players with 1,000 or more points in a career (Michael Wright/Gilbert Arenas/Loren Woods).
Another Milestone: With two blocked shots on Thursday, senior center Channing Frye collected his 200th career blocked shot. Frye becomes just the second Arizona player with 200 or more career blocked shots, and just the third in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat (Michael Stewart, California, 207, 1994-97).
Heating Up: The Wildcat offense has increased its productivity in Pac-10 play by averaging 84.2 points in the first four games. Additionally, Arizona is shooting 46.2 percent (123-of-266) from the field in that span, a figure that is 29 points higher than its overall field goal percentage of 43.3 percent. Incidentally, UA is 4-0 this year when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
And Cooling Off: While the Wildcat offense has picked up the pace of late, the Arizona “D” has lost a bit of intensity since opening Pac-10 play. In those four games, opponents are averaging 75.2 points per game, 8.5 points more than the season scoring average, and shooting 51.5 percent (117-of-227) from the floor, 72 points higher than the season FG percentage. Three of four Pac-10 opponents have shot 50 percent or better against Arizona this season.
Home Cooking: With the way the league race is shaping up in its third week, teams had better win their home games. To date, home teams have posted a 14-8 (.636) record in Pac-10 games since the conference season opened on Dec. 31.
Out of the Gate: Fast starts are a key to the Wildcat attack, as the club has outscored the opposition by an average of 7.7 points per game in the first half this season. How important is a lead at the break? Through 16 games, Arizona is 11-1 when leading at the half, including a 3-0 mark in Pac-10 play.
Pressure D: Arizona forced 23 USC turnovers Thursday, one shy of a UA opponent high this season. Seven times this season Arizona has forced an opponent into 20 or more turnovers and opponents are averaging nearly 19 miscues per game. All told, UA converted those 23 Trojan miscues into 30 points.
Obviously an Indicator: Obviously, turnovers can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game. Against USC, Arizona enjoyed a 23-12 turnover advantage, including just four in the second half. This season, Arizona is 10-2 when committing fewer turnovers than the opponent.
Tough Shots: One thing that has been good is UA’s three-point field goal percentage defense. Arizona ranks fourth in the Pac-10 by allowing just a .310 three-point FG percentage. On average, UA opponents make 5.3 treys per game. Last season, opponents shot better than 36 percent from three-point range and made an average of 8.1 treys per game.
A Nice All-Around Game: In addition to becoming the 39th UA player to score 1,000 career points, junior Hassan Adams displayed a nice all-around game in totaling 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and a season-high four steals. On the season, Adams ranks third on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg), second in rebounding (5.8 rpg), and leads the team with 30 steals.
On Target: Salim Stoudamire continues to be very efficient offensively. In his last five games played, the 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 15.0 points per game on an average of less than eight field goal attempts per game. Stoudamire is taking good shots and making them. In that span, Stoudamire has connected on 56.4 percent (22-of-39) of his attempts, including 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from three-point range. The improved accuracy has raised his season field goal percentage to 51.1 percent (69-of-135), including 56.1 percent (46-of-82) from behind the arc.
Controlling the Glass: Arizona is 10-1 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and five times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 11 of 16 opponents in 2004-05, though the team has been outrebounded in each of its last two outings. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Stepping Up: Junior Chris Rodgers poured in a career-high 22 points Thursday, knocking down 8-of-15 field goal attempts to go with four assists in 32 minutes. It was his third career 20-point game. He ranks second on the team with 42 assists and carries a 3.8:1 assist:turnover ratio. In 344 minutes played, Rodgers has committed only 11 turnovers, or an average of one every 31.3 minutes played.
Up And Down: When Arizona and UCLA meet Saturday be prepared for some up and down action, as the teams combine to average 166.4 points per game in conference play. Overall, the teams rank third and fourth in the league in scoring, and against the one common Pac-10 opponent to date, Arizona State, Arizona scored 97 points vs. the Sun Devils, while UCLA tallied 86, the two highest totals allowed by ASU this season.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Eight 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
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
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
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 130-16 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 6-0 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 heads to the state of Oregon for a pair of road games. The trip opens on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Oregon. The game can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST.