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Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2006
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Game 17:  Arizona (10-6, 3-3) vs. Stanford (7-6, 3-2)


Date:  Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006

Time:  8:30 p.m. MST

Location:  Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

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

TV:  FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)


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 immediately following its conclusion (approximately 10:30 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.

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Game Data:  Arizona (10-6, 3-3 Pac-10) returns home to host Stanford (7-6, 3-2 Pac-10) Thursday in McKale Center ... Two quality programs enter the contest at opposite ends of the spectrum:  Arizona has lost three of four, while Stanford is riding a season-best, three-game win streak ... Arizona has not lost three consecutive games since the end of the 1991-92 season ... Following Saturday’s game, the Wildcats will be on the road for its next four games.


The Rankings:  Arizona fell out of both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after a brief one-week return.  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 751-262 (.741) and 559-170 (.767) 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 (308) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.774/308-90) 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 328-34 (.906) in McKale Center and have won 256 of its last 274 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon ... Olson is 31-15 against Stanford.


Last Time Out:  Oregon shot 55.1 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent in the second half and used a 33-29 rebound advantage to secure the 73-68 win Saturday in Eugene.  UO’s rebound advantage led to 19 second-chance points as the Ducks built as much as an 11-point lead.  Arizona battled back to tie the game for the final time with 3:24 remaining, but was outscored 9-4 down the stretch.  Mustafa Shakur led Arizona with 19 points.


Scouting Stanford:  The Cardinal enters tonight’s game with a 7-6 record (3-2 Pac-10) and riding a three-game win streak following Friday’s 75-61 win over California.  As a team, Stanford shoots 41.5 percent from the field (297-of-715), including 33.1 percent (58-of-175) from three-point range, while averaging 66.8 points per game.  Opponents shoot at a 44.4 percent clip and are averaging 63.8 points per game.  Three Stanford players average in double figures, led by Matt Haryasz’s 14.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg marks.


The Series:  Tonight’s game is the 69th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 43-25 series advantage, though Stanford has won five of the last seven meetings in the series, which dates back to 1937, and four of the last five in McKale Center.  Arizona did capture the last meeting, 90-72, in Tucson on Feb. 5, 2005.  All-time, Arizona is 23-7 in series games played in Tucson, 17-16 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 3-2 in neutral-site games.  Please see page 102 in the UA media guide for more series information.


Last Meeting:  Arizona 90, Stanford 72, Feb. 5, 2005:  Four different Wildcats scored in an 18-4 run early in the second half as Arizona built a 16-point lead and never looked back.  Channing Frye collected his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds to go with four blocks, while Salim Stoudamire finished with a game-high 26 points as the Cats snapped a four-game home losing streak to the Cardinal.  Chris Rodgers came off the bench to spark UA with eight first half points that enabled Arizona to take control after a seesaw battle early on.


Stepping Up:  In two games last week, Mustafa Shakur averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.  He connected on 57.7 percent of his attempts from the floor (15-of-26), including 42.9 percent from three-point range, and added four assists in the effort.  He opened the week with 17 points (7-of-13 FGs), six boards (five offensive) and four assists at Oregon State, and followed that up with 19 points (8-of-13 FGs), three rebounds, four steals and a block Saturday at Oregon.  On the season, Shakur is averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.


Not Up to Par:  Arizona’s 10-6 start is the program’s worst since the 1986-87 team also started 10-6.  Additionally, UA’s 3-3 start in conference play is the Wildcats’ worst since the 1984-85 club also started 3-3 in league play.


Anomaly:  During the Lute Olson era (since the start of the 1983-84 season), Arizona has a Pac-10-best 134-68 (.663) record in conference road games, which makes last weekend’s 0-2 record in Oregon dubiously noteworthy.  Since the start of the 1989-90 season, Arizona has suffered just nine conference road sweeps.  In that span, Arizona has tallied 30 road sweeps and split 27 times in addition to the nine 0-2 postings.  All told, Arizona has collected a sweep in 45 percent, and salvaged at least one win in 86 percent, of the of the Pac-10 road trips over the last 17 seasons.


Elite Company:  Hassan Adams enters tonight’s game just one point shy of becoming the 12th player in Arizona history to register 1,600 career points.  In his 115-game career, the 6-foot-4 Adams is averaging 13.9 points per game.  Currently, Adams needs 66 points to move past Miles Simon (1,664 points/1994-98) into 10th place on the UA career scoring list.


Different Combinations:  With the return of guard Jawann McClellan to active duty, Arizona has now used seven different starting lineups this season.  The sophomore from Houston was certified academically eligible for the Spring semester on Jan. 11 and was in uniform the next night at Oregon State, where he scored eight points and had two steals in a career-high 32 minutes.  He was inserted into the starting lineup two days later at Oregon.  Incidentally, five of the seven combinations have been used for two games or less.


Apply Pressure:  In its 0-2 weekend in Oregon, Arizona allowed Oregon State and Oregon to shoot a combined 58.1 percent (54-of-93) from the field, including 62.5 (15-of-24) percent from three-point range.  Thursday at Oregon State, the Beavers shot an opponent-best 61.4 percent from the floor (27-of-44), while Oregon shot an impressive 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the floor in the second half of Saturday’s game.  Through 16 games, opponents are shooting 44.4 percent (387-of-871) from the field.


Reversal of Fortune:  Through its first six Pac-10 games, Arizona opponents are shooting a combined 48.8 percent (159-of-326) from the field and have shot better than 50 percent in three of those contests.  By comparison, Wildcat opponents shot a combined 42.9 percent (255-of-594) from the field in 11 non-conference games.  In those 11 games, only one opponent (Michigan State) shot better than 50 percent from the field against the Wildcats.


Staying Close:  Arizona’s ability to force turnovers is what is keeping the club in games.  UA is forcing an average of 21.9 turnovers per game, 8.1 more than it commits.  Through 16 games, the Wildcats have turned it over more than the opponent just once (Dec. 3 at Houston).  Seven times this season Arizona has earned a +10 turnover margin.  Thursday at Oregon State, Arizona forced 15 turnovers in the second half alone.


In wins and Losses:  In its 10 victories this season, Arizona is shooting 44.3 percent (285-of-644) from the floor, including 30.3 percent from three-point range, while averaging 77.6 points per game.  Opponents are shooting 39.4 percent (228-of-579) from the floor, including a 29.5 percent effort from behind the arc and averaging 61.2 points per game.  In the six defeats, opponents are shooting 54.4 percent (159-of-292) from the floor, 47.6 percent from three-point range and average 75.8 points per game, while Arizona shoots 41.9 percent (158-of-377) from the floor, including 31.5 percent from three-point range, and averages 69.7 points per game.

                FG-A  Pct.    3FG-A  Pct       FT-A    Pct    Reb     A     TO   Stl PPG

UA Wins: 285-644 .443    54-178 .303   152-224   .679    38.0  161    139  107  77.6

Opp.     228-579  .394    56-190 .295   100-142   .704    37.9  110    230    65  61.2


UA Loss: 158-377 .419      28-89 .315     74-111   .667    31.5    82      81    66  69.7

Opp.     159-292  .545      39-82 .476     98-133   .737    34.5    80    121    42  75.8


Seeking Balance:  Three times in its last four games Arizona has had five players finish in double figures, marking the first three times that has happened this season.  Led by Hassan Adams’ team-leading 20.3 ppg average, five UA players are averaging 9.0 ppg or better.


Proof In Numbers:  As has been the case for the last month or so, Marcus Williams is quietly becoming a force among Pac-10 newcomers.  The 6-foot-7 freshman forward from Seattle has seen nearly all of his statistics improve in league action.  Williams leads the Cats with a 53.7 (29-of-54) field goal and 77.8 (14-of-18) free throw percentage over the last six games, while ranking third on the team with averages of 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.


Help on the Glass:  Guard Mustafa Shakur continues to assist the cause in Pac-10 play by ranking second on the team with a 4.8 rebounds per game average.  He’s been Arizona’s leading rebounder in two league games to date (three times all season).  The junior’s statistical improvements can be seen across the board, as Shakur is averaging 13.7 points per game, while shooting 48.4 percent (30-of-62) in Pac-10 play.


Scoring 80:  Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 146-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.  Arizona is 4-0 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:

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)

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:  Following tonight’s game, Arizona will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 21, when the Wildcats host California.  The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on ABC-TV.


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