Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006
Time: 11:30 a.m. MST
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.
The Rankings: For the fourth consecutive week,
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
Last Time Out: Trailing by five points with 1:52 remaining,
The Series: Today’s game is the 61st meeting of the two schools with
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.
It’s Good to be home:
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
A Test: Which
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.
Close Contests: The two-point win over
Comebacks: By scoring the final seven points in Thursday’s game,
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
The Run Continues:
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
Making Shots: Doing just that enabled
Every little Bit Helps:
Numbers not Pretty, but the effect was good: While
A Productive Stint: Sophomore forward Bret Brielmaier put up some respectable numbers in only eight minutes on Thursday. The 6-foot-6 product of
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.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
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
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.
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
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