Game 24: Arizona (14-9, 7-5) vs. Oregon State (10-13, 3-9)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006
Time: 11:30 a.m. MST
Location: Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
ONLINE: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center production of the game with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hanson calling the action beginning at 3:30 p.m. (MST). Live audio is also available to subscribers. Note: Game is not available immediately following its conclusion due to Pac-10 television contract blackout restrictions.
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Game Data: Arizona (14-9, 7-5 Pac-10) hopes to build a bit of momentum as the team hosts Oregon State (10-13, 3-9 Pac-10) Saturday morning in McKale Center ... Today’s game marks the fifth late morning/early afternoon start (prior to 1 p.m. local) for the Wildcats this season and UA is 3-1 in those contests ... Forward Ivan Radenovic is averaging 12.0 points per game over his last five outings which has pushed his season scoring average to 10.8 ppg. Arizona now has four active players averaging in double figures.
The Rankings: For the fourth consecutive week, Arizona remained unranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cats saw its string of 312 consecutive regular-season AP poll appearances end on Dec. 19.
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 755-265 (.740) and 563-173 (.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 (312) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.772/312-92) 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 330-34 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 258 of its last 276 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 40-8 against Oregon State.
Last Time Out: Trailing by five points with 1:52 remaining, Arizona forced two Oregon turnovers and scored the game’s final seven points in the 70-68 win on Thursday. The Wildcats got a Kirk Walters field goal and five free throws in the run to complete the comeback. Walters, one of four Cats to finish in double figures, posted career-high totals of 18 points and eight rebounds. His 8-of-11 field goal shooting helped Arizona shoot 50 percent from the field for the second game in a row.
Scouting Oregon State: The Beavers enter today’s game with a 10-13 record (3-9 Pac-10) following Thursday’s 76-59 loss at Arizona State. As a team, OSU shoots 43.8 percent from the field (516-of-1177), including 35.5 percent (119-of-335) from three-point range, while averaging 66.3 points per game. Opponents shoot at a 41.7 percent clip and are averaging 67.7 points per game. Three Beavers average in double figures, led by Chris Stephens’ 13.0 ppg mark.
The Series: Today’s game is the 61st meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 43-17 series advantage. UA has won 10 of the last 12 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, but the Beavers won the last meeting, 75-65, on Jan. 12 in Corvallis. All-time, Arizona is 24-5 in series games played in Tucson, 17-12 in Corvallis, and 2-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 102 in the UA media guide for more series information.
Last Meeting: Oregon State 75, Arizona 65, Jan. 12, 2006: Arizona fell behind by as many as 23 points in the first half, came back to tie the game with just over three minutes to go, then saw Oregon State pull away with a 10-0 run to close the contest. Oregon State hit nine of its first 10 shots en route to a lead that was 17 at the break. Arizona rebounded to force 15 second half Beaver turnovers and eventually tied the game twice ?- the last coming at the 3:24 mark ?- before Marcel Jones got consecutive buckets to spur the decisive run.
It’s Good to be home: Arizona is 9-1 at McKale Center this season.
21 and then Some: With 14 points on Thursday, Hassan Adams became the 10th player in school history to amass 1,700 career points. In 122 career games played, the 6-foot-4 guard has 1,707 points (14.0 ppg). He enters today’s game with 699 career field goals made, which ranks him fourth in UA history. Perhaps to prove that he’s not only about scoring, Adams equaled a season high with six assists against Oregon.
A Test: Which Arizona player has totaled 12 assists in the last two games? Nope, it’s not a guard...it’s Ivan Radenovic. The 6-foot-10 forward has equaled his career high (6) in each of the last two games. The unselfish play has helped his all-around game as well, as Radenovic has averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in that span. He’s also logged a career best 37 minutes in both ball games.
On target: The Wildcats shot 50.0 percent from the field Thursday (27-of-54) to reach the 50-percent plateau for the second consecutive game. It was also the second time the team has accomplished the feat in back-to-back games this year. Arizona has shot 50 percent or better from the field just six times in 2005-06 and UA is 4-2 in those games. Incidentally, Arizona has shot 50 percent or better in its last four consecutive halves.
Close Contests: The two-point win over Oregon moved the Wildcat record to 4-3 in games decided by five points or less. Additionally, the team improved to 3-0 in games decided by two points or less. UA has been in its share of close ball games, as 13 of the Cats’ 23 games have been decided by fewer than 10 points. In those games, Arizona is 7-6.
Turning on Turnovers: For most of the season, Arizona has done a great job of forcing turnovers. In 23 games, Arizona forces its opponents into an average of 20.0 turnovers per game. Thursday against the Ducks, UA forced a season-low 11 turnovers, but they were timely. The Cats were able to rally in the last two minutes on the strength of two forced turnovers that spurred the decisive 7-0 run.
Comebacks: By scoring the final seven points in Thursday’s game, Arizona was able to defeat Oregon and earn its 14th win of the season. The victory was the team’s third of the season when trailing with five minutes remaining in the second half (in 12 attempts). Incidentally, all three of those wins have come in Pac-10 action.
From Behind the Arc: It’s been three games now since Lute Olson put a moratorium on three-point shots and in those games Arizona has combined to attempt only 24 treys (7 made/.292), including a season-low six Thursday against Oregon. It may be too early to call it a success especially with a 1-2 record in those games, but the team is shooting a combined 51.2 percent from the floor (85-of-166) in that span.
Beneficiaries: The two biggest beneficiaries in Arizona’s effort to cut down on the long-range misses are (surprise!!) the inside guys: Kirk Walters and Ivan Radenovic. Walters and Radenovic are each shooting 16-of-22 (.727) from the floor over the last three games averaging at least 13.0 points per game.
The Run Continues: Arizona got a collective boost from its center rotation on Thursday, as Ivan Radenovic, Kirk Walters and Bret Brielmaier combined for 35 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. The trio combined to hit 14-of-19 (.737) field goal attempts vs. the Ducks.
The Bar Rises: The Wildcats have enjoyed unseen levels of productivity from center Kirk Walters of late. In his last five games, the 6-foot-10 junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., is averaging 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game, while shooting 74.2 percent (23-of-31) from the field. In that time, Walters has finished in double figures twice and equaled his career high of eight rebounds three times. Thursday against Oregon, Walters knocked down 8-of-11 attempts en route to a career-best 18 points. On the season, the center is averaging 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Board Work: Arizona used a balanced attack on the boards Thursday to claim a 34-32 rebound advantage. Arizona is 7-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, including a 4-1 mark in Pac-10 play. Four Wildcats (Williams/Radenovic/Walters/Adams) each grabbed six or more boards vs. Oregon and were responsible for 26 of UA’s 34 rebounds.
Making Shots: Doing just that enabled Arizona to outshoot Oregon Thursday, 50.0-44.8 percent. The Wildcats are 9-2 this season when outshooting the opposition, including a 6-0 mark at home. UA limited Oregon to just 35.7 percent efficiency (10-of-28) in the first half.
Every little Bit Helps: Arizona needed every bit of its 10-point halftime lead Thursday as the Cats squeaked out a two-point win. Arizona jumped out to a 37-27 lead at the break and upped its record to an impressive 11-0 this season when leading at the half.
Numbers not Pretty, but the effect was good: While Arizona struggled from the free throw line on Thursday, connecting on 14-of-22 (.636) charity attempts. However, the Wildcats managed to post a 14-5 scoring advantage from the stripe. On the strength on a season-low 12 personal fouls, Arizona held Oregon to just five free throws on 11 attempts. The 11 tries equaled a season low for a UA opponent in 2005-06.
A Productive Stint: Sophomore forward Bret Brielmaier put up some respectable numbers in only eight minutes on Thursday. The 6-foot-6 product of Mankato, Minn., scored two points, grabbed three rebounds and passed out an assist. He’s averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 20 appearances this year.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 148-18 (.892) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. Arizona is 6-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season, Arizona has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity. The Wildcats’ have 11 scoring runs of 11 or more points this season:
29-1 run over 10:43 vs. Virginia, Nov. 27 (UVa went 0-of-12 with seven turnovers during the run)
33-15 run over 10:26 vs. Sam Houston State, Dec. 19 (UA 13-of-20 in run)
24-7 run over 9:53 at UCLA, Feb. 4 (UA 9-of-13 FG, 6-of-6 FT in run; UCLA 3-of-10 FG)
22-6 run over 8:19 at Oregon State, Jan. 12 (Seven TO and just 7 OSU FG attempts in run)
21-6 run over 7:12 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 23 (no MSU field goals in last 5:44 of regulation)
20-4 run over 9:10 vs. Kansas, Nov. 21 (KU hits 3-of-first-12 FG attempts with nine TO)
21-5 run over 7:57 at Houston, Dec. 3 (two UH FGs in last eight minutes of first half)
21-9 run over 12:23 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 22 (UA hits 7-of-11 FG in run)
25-11 run over 9:27 vs. USC, Jan. 7 (USC 4-of-13 FG, eight turnovers during run)
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
38-27 run over 13:52 at Washington, Dec. 31 (UA makes 10-of-first-14 FG to ignite 2nd half run)
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 Carlsbad, Calif., LaCosta High School; Jordan Hill (F, 6-8, 210) from Atlanta, Ga., The Patterson (N.C.) School; and Nic Wise (G, 5-10, 180) from Kingwood, Texas., Kingwood High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Arizona will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 16, when the Wildcats hit the road for Berkeley, Calif., to take on California. The contest is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. PST and be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.