Game 12: No. 7
Date: Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006
Time: Noon MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belloumini)
Game Data: No. 7 Arizona (10-1, 1-0 Pac-10) closes a four-game homestand and the calendar year 2006 Saturday in McKale Center against Stanford (8-2, 1-0 Pac-10) ... Slightly different philosophies will be on display as the Cats and Cardinal take the court ?- Stanford averages 69.0 points per game and has topped 80 points just three times this season, while Arizona averages 86.6 points and has scored fewer than 80 points three times this season ... Over the last five seasons, the UA-SU game in Tucson has been decided by an average of 9.4 points.
The Rankings: Following a victory on Dec. 20, Arizona rose to No. 7 in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date this season.
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 771-270 (.741) and 579-178 (.765) 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 750th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2005, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (317) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/317-94) 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 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 340-35 (.907) in
Last Time Out: Once the
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal (8-4, 0-0 Pac-10) enter today’s game having won six of its last seven games after Thursday’s 71-60 win at
The Series: Today’s game marks the 72nd meeting of the two schools with
No Time to Sleep In: Today’s noon tip-off is the first of five regular season games scheduled to begin prior to 1 p.m. local time. Last year,
Streaking: UA’s current 10-game win streak equals the longest streaks of the last five seasons. The last
Very Accurate: Led by its starting front line,
High Water Mark:
Nicely Done: Sophomore forward Marcus Williams knocked down all eight field goal attempts against the Golden Bears. The effort was a UA individual season best for field goal percentage and improved Williams’ season field goal percentage to .522 (71-of-136). Over the last nine seasons, no
Sharing the Ball: The Wildcats displayed a healthy dose of ball movement in Thursday’s win, amassing a season-high 24 assists. It marked the fourth time this season that the team has had 20 or more assists. Perhaps more impressively, UA collected those 24 assists on 35 total field goals (68.6 percent). That’s the highest ratio of assists to field goals this season.
Toeing the Line: Look no further than the free throw line for an indication of success, as the Wildcats have made 88 more free throws than opponents have attempted this season. But here is something a little more interesting. Over the last nine games, UA has outscored the opposition by a 166-41 margin from the stripe ?- or an average of 18.4-4.6 points per game. In that span, opponents have attempted at least 10 free throws only twice, while
Yin and Yang: There was a certain good news/bad news quality to Thursday’s win. The good news: the UA bench played 65 minutes, the most since Nov. 22, and notched 20 points and 14 rebounds. The bad news: the reserves squandered most of a 29-point lead over the last 12 minutes of the game. All told,
Playing from Behind: Thursday’s game marked the fourth time this season that
Mac Daddy: Jawann McClellan has been one of the Cats’ most consistent performers through the first 11 games. The 6-foot-4 junior from
Topping 20: By connecting on all eight of his shots Thursday, forward Marcus Williams quickly finished with a game-high 21 points. It was his team-leading fifth 20-point game of the season and the team’s 14th this year. For his career, Williams has 10 20-point to his credit.
College Boards: Both Mustafa Shakur (9) and Jordan Hill (6) equaled career rebounding highs Thursday night. The duo helped
Moving Up: As mentioned above, Jordan Hill grabbed a season-high six boards against
Stat Sheet Stuffer: To borrow a phrase from CBS-TV’s Clark Kellogg, Ivan Radenovic is a “stat sheet stuffer.” That certainly was on display Thursday, as the senior forward tallied 17 points (6-of-7 FG), nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes. The best part...he did so without a turnover. On the year, Radenovic leads
Auld Lang Syne: With the end of another calendar year nearly upon us, it’s worth noting that the Wildcats are a spotless 22-0 under Lute Olson in the team’s final game of December. It’s worth noting that 19 victories came during the Fiesta Bowl Classic and two were non-conference games. Only last year’s win at
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 157-19 (.892) 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.
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)
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.
Up Next: Following today’s affair,