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Men's Basketball Game Notes, 3/3/2007
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 02, 2007
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Game 29:  Arizona (19-9, 10-7) at Stanford (18-10, 10-7)


Date:  Saturday, March 3, 2007

Time:  12:30 p.m. PST

Location:  Maples Pavilion (7,233), Palo Alto, Calif.

Radio:  Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

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 is unranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.  Arizona fell out of both polls on Feb. 19.  Prior to Feb. 19, the Wildcats had been ranked in each AP poll 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 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 McKale Center and have won 272 of its last 296 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 35-15 against Stanford.


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. Arizona State.  As a team, Stanford averages 69.2 points per game, shoots 45.0 percent (700-of-1,556) from the field and posts a +6.3 per game rebound margin.  Defensively, the Cardinal allow 65.5 points per game and a .409 field goal percentage.  Three Stanford players average in double figures, led by Lawrence Hill’s 16.2 points per game figure.  Hill also leads Stanford with a 6.1 rebounds per game mark.


The Series:  Today’s game marks the 73rd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 47-25 series advantage. Arizona has won five straight in the series, including a 89-75 win in Tucson on Dec. 30, 2006 in the last get-together. All-time, Arizona is 25-7 in series games played in Tucson, 18-16 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 4-2 in neutral site games. See page 101 of the UA media guide for more series information.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 89, Stanford 75, Dec. 30, 2006:  Mustafa Shakur and Ivan Radenovic combined to score 23 of Arizona’s 39 second-half points as Arizona gutted out a victory that was much closer than the final tally.  The Cats shot 61.2 percent from the floor and held a 21-4 scoring advantage from the free throw line to help lock things up.  UA outscored Stanford 13-4 in the last 2:30 to push the final margin to double digits.


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 Arizona is 20th win of the season. It would also extend to 20 Arizona’s streak of consecutive 20-win seasons, which is the longest active streak in the country. Over the last 19 seasons, the Wildcats have averaged 26.3 wins per year.


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 Tucson where the Wildcats finished 8-10 in the league, the Cats have managed to finish 11-7 (three previous times, 1997, 2004, 2006) or better in each of the next 22 seasons.  Even if Arizona does not win, the Wildcats are the only Pac-10 program to post 10 or more league wins in that span.


In March:  Since the start of the 1996-97 season, Arizona has a 48-19 (.716) record in the month of March.  In that span, 24 of those games have been played in the regular season and UA is 18-6 (.750) in them.


On the Road:  Over the previous 10 seasons, Arizona has closed the regular season away from home just four times, and in those games the team is 3-1.  The only blemish in that span was a 79-77 loss at California on March 8, 1997.


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 Encinitas, Calif., is one of just nine freshmen in Arizona history to score more than 400 points in his debut season.  He currently has 452 points scored through 28 games (16.1 ppg).  Here is the list:  1.) Coniel Norman (1972-73), 576; 2.) Gilbert Arenas (1999-2000), 523; 3.) Sean Elliott (1985-86), 499; 4.) Eric Money (1972-73), 492; 5.) Mike Bibby (1996-97), 458; 6.) Chase Budinger (2006-07), 452; 7.) Salim Stoudamire (2001-02), 434; 8.) Marcus Williams (2005-06), 430; and 9.) Bob Elliott (1973-74), 429.


Clamping Down: Entering play on Thursday, California had ranked second in the league by making an average of 8.19 three-point field goals per game.  Cal was well on its way to equaling that figure, as it connected on 5-of-its-first-10 attempts from behind the arc.  From that point, UA clamped down and limited the Golden Bears to just 1-of-11 shooting from long range and a 28.6 three-point percentage (6-of-21) for the game.  In Pac-10 play, UA opponents are shooting 35.8 percent from three-point range.


Offensive Productivity Would Help:  With one conference game left to play, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with a 76.2 points per game scoring average.  However, Thursday’s 70-point output at California marked the fifth time in the last 10 conference games that UA had failed to score more than 70 points.  Prior to league play, Arizona scored more than 70 points in nine of its first 10 games.


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 Arizona’s victories in such contests have come on the road, and the team is 3-2 in those games in Pac-10 play.


Board Work: One figure that almost unfailingly continues is Arizona’s ability to control the boards. The Wildcats outrebounded the Golden Bears, 41-28, Thursday, which marked the 21st time in 28 games that Arizona has collected more caroms than the opposition. In conference play, Arizona has outrebounded 14 of 17 overall. In the last 14 league games, Arizona has outrebounded eight of them by seven rebounds or more. In conference games, UA’s rebound margin in +5.1.


Stepping Up: On the season, Arizona averages 24.4 free throw attempts per game (12.9 more than the opponent), and outscores the opposition by an average of 10.4 points per game. Arizona has made 187 more free throws (509) than the opposition has attempted (322). Thursday at California Arizona earned a 20-7 scoring advantage the free throw line.


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 Philadelphia currently averages 7.1 assists per game (200 in 28 games) and has passed out five or more assists 27 times in 28 games this season.  He is on pace to tally more assists in his career than any other UA player in the Lute Olson era.


A Top-10 Guy:  Mustafa Shakur’s three steals Thursday also vaulted into the top-10 of Arizona’s career steals list.  Shakur now has 152 steals, which moved him past Luke Walton (1999-2003) into 10th place on the list.  He will join the top-10 of the career games played list with 129 Saturday against Stanford.


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.  Arizona is 11-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points.


Always On the Run:  Early this season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity.  Here are the ones of note to date:

25-0 run over 7:45 vs. New Mexico State, Nov. 19 (UA went 11-of-16 during run: NMSU 0-of-10)

34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern Arizona, Nov. 15 (UA went 12-of-16 during run: NAU 3-of-16)

31-9 run over 7:54 vs. California, Dec. 28 (UA went 11-of-13 during the run; Cal 4-of-14)

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. Louisville, Dec. 5 (UL went 1-of-10; UA 7-of-8 during the run)

21-4 run over 8:08 vs. Illinois, Dec. 2, 2006 (UA 8-of-12 FGs during run)

25-8 run over 9:01 vs. Washington, Feb. 3, 2007 (UW 4-of-12 FG with five turnovers during run)

24-8 run over 9:17 at San Diego State, Dec. 9, 2006 (SDSU 4-of-18 FG with five TO during run)

18-3 run over 4:15 at Virginia, Nov. 12 (UA went 6-of-8 during run: UVa 1-of-8)

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 Washington, Jan. 4 (McClellan 3-of-3 from three-point range, UA 6-of-6 FTs)

22-10 run over 8:25 at Oregon, Feb. 10 (UA 9-of-12 FGs during run, Oregon 2-of-10)


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, Arizona heads to the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles, March 7-10.  Seedings and match-ups are still to be determined with one day of the regular season remaining.  First round, quarterfinal and semifinal contests can all be seen on Fox Sports Net.

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