Game 9: No. 24
Date: Monday, Dec. 19, 2005
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
ONLINE: Live video of the Central Florida vs. Western Kentucky game at 4 p.m., and delayed video of the Arizona vs. Sam Houston game at 6:30 p.m., are available to subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service. Live audio of the Arizona game is also available to subscribers. Free live stats for both games are available.
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Game Data: No. 24 Arizona (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10) comes home to host Sam Houston State (6-2, 0-0 SLC) Monday in the 21st annual Fiesta Bowl Classic ... The Wildcats enter the contest riding a three-game win streak ... In 20 previous Classics, Arizona has a 39-1 record ... When also counting UCF and Western Kentucky, this year marks the first since 2000 that all three visiting teams are first-time Fiesta Bowl Classic participants.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 746-259 (.742) and 554-167 (.768) 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 most Pac-10 wins (305) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.778/305-87) 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 21 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 best winning percentage over the past 18 years (479-118/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 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 325-33 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 253 of its last 270 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 0-0 against Sam Houston State and a spotless 39-0 in Fiesta Bowl Classic play.
Last Time Out:
The Series: Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the two schools.
Leading the Way: Hassan Adams led
One Continues, Two Stopped:
Random Thoughts: By holding Utah to a season-low totals of 43 points and a 36.4 (16-of-44) field goal percentage Saturday, Arizona is allowing the opposition an average of only 61.5 points per game and a 42.0 field goal percentage through eight games. The Wildcats have held four of eight opponents to less than 40 percent shooting in 2005-06. Incidentally,
“Phog” Alert: A win this week would give
Tough on the Perimeter: A great deal of
Stolen Moments: Saturday’s win at
Straightening things Out: The Wildcats shot 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the field at
More Like It: After being outrebounded in the first four games of the season,
Percolate: Senior Hassan Adams productivity has certainly increased of late. Over his last four games, the 6-foot-4 senior guard from Los Angeles Averaging 24.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over his last four, while shooting 58.2 percent (39-of-67) from the floor. Saturday at
Starting Fast: Junior Mustafa Shakur got the Cats off on the right foot Saturday as he tallied the team’s first six points en route to a stellar all-around game. The 6-foot-3 junior from
On the Rebound: After scoring just eight points in the previous two games, senior Chris Rodgers bounced back with 13 points and four steals Saturday at Utah. The 6-foot-4 guard from
First Half Flourish: Hassan Adams tallied 14 of his season high 27 points in the first half as the Wildcats built as much as a nine-point lead in the first half at
At the Other End, too: Freshman Marcus Williams continues to see his game develop on the collegiate level as he is averaging 12.7 points and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from the field, over his last three games. Saturday against
Close is Better: UA head coach Lute Olson speaks often of the importance of shot selection. The effort in Saturday’s win definitely backs that up. In the first half at
Finding Positives: Despite the fact that
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-5 run over 7:57 at
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 143-18 (.888) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Tops in the Pac-10: In the annual poll of media members who regularly cover the Pac-10 Conference,
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Chase Budinger (F, 6-7, 190) from
Up Next: Following tonight’s game,