Date: Saturday, March 3, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m. PST
Location: Maples Pavilion (7,233),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: ABC (Brent Musberger/Steve Lavin)
Game Data: Arizona (19-9, 10-7 Pac-10) closes the regular season Saturday afternoon at Stanford (18-10, 10-7 Pac-10) ... In the previous five-plus seasons, Arizona is 7-4 on the Bay Area road swing ... The Wildcats are 5-2 in its last seven visits to Maples Pavilion ... Those seven games, however, have been decided by a total of 31 points (4.4 ppg) ... UA leads the Pac-10 with a 79.2 ppg scoring average, but has only scored that many points once in the last 13 games.
The Rankings: For the second 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 780-278 (.737) and 588-186 (.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 (326) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.763/326-101) 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 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 344-40 (.896) in
Last Time Out: Arizona’s last six points were scored from the free throw line over the game’s final five minutes as the Wildcats pulled out a 70-65 win Thursday at California. Marcus Williams led all scorers with 21 points, including seven points in a key 11-2 run late in the second half that enabled UA to take control. Ivan Radenovic added 19 points and eight boards, while Chase Budinger posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was registered at 17:35 of the second half.
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal (18-10, 10-7 Pac-10) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 63-53 win Thursday vs.
The Series: Today’s game marks the 73rd meeting of the two schools with
Early to Rise: With tip-off scheduled for 12:30 p.m., today’s game marks the seventh game this season that has started on or before 1 p.m. local time. The Cats have a 3-3 record in the prior six early-afternoon affairs.
A Win Today: A victory Saturday would give
A Win Today, Part Two: A win today would also give the Wildcats an 11-7 Pac-10 record, which is a baseline of sorts. Since Lute Olson’s first season in
In March: Since the start of the 1996-97 season,
On the Road: Over the previous 10 seasons,
Elite Company: Freshman Chase Budinger’s 18 points Thursday vs. the Golden Bears elevated further among some elite company. The 6-foot-7 forward from
Clamping Down: Entering play on Thursday,
Offensive Productivity Would Help: With one conference game left to play,
Tides May Be Turning: For much of the season, Arizona had played like it had an aversion to close games, as the Cats lost its first four games decided by five points or less. Things have changed of late, as UA has won three of its last four close calls. Interestingly, all three of
Board Work: One figure that almost unfailingly continues is
Stepping Up: On the season,
A Strong Push: Chase Budinger notched his team leading fifth double-double Thursday with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The double-double reflects a strong push of late from the 6-foot-7 freshman that has seen him average 20.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game over his last five games. In that span, Budinger is shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range (15-of-33) and 93.3 percent from the free throw line (14-of-15).
Bouncing Back: Ivan Radenovic knocked down 5-of-7 FG attempts and 9-of-11 FTs en route to 19 points. That was as many points as he had scored in the previous three games combined. He ranks third on the club with a 14.8 ppg scoring average.
Two Hundred and Counting: By passing out five assists in Thursday’s win, senior guard Mustafa Shakur became the fourth player in Arizona history (accomplished six times) to pass out 200 or more assists in a single season. The 6-foot-3 native of
A Top-10 Guy: Mustafa Shakur’s three steals Thursday also vaulted into the top-10 of
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 161-19 (.894) 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)
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.
Up Next: Following today’s game,